100% of $245,300 goal
Embrace Change, Celebrate Resilience Fall 2021 Gala
Saturday, October 23rd, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Thank you SO much to everyone who attended and supported our event! Watch a recap of the event above.
BroadFutures empowers young people with learning and attention issues through an innovative, holistic program that combines career and college readiness with mentoring and paid internships. Less than 50% of young people with learning and attention issues finish their post secondary education or find full time employment. BroadFutures is committed to changing the present paradigm, preparing young people for their futures and ensuring they have equal opportunities for success!
BroadFutures is the only program of its kind in the country. In just eight short years of programming, we have rapidly expanded. We started with five local participants in the summer of 2014 and three employer partners. We have now served over 200 young people from all across the country and hundreds more through outreach efforts. We have also partnered with over 50 employers, resulting in mutually beneficial outcomes for the young people we serve as well as our employers who recognize the many benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce. To learn more about our amazing employer partners, click here.
We have successfully navigated the new virtual world, offering virtual internship programs as well as our expanded virtual career and college readiness programs, and continuing outreach to our community.
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is known as one of the world’s largest behavioral and social science research organizations. Founded in 1946 as a non-profit organization, their goal is centered around using the best science available to help make the world a better place. AIR is proudly committed to fully integrating diversity and inclusion in their strategy, operations, and work environment and is thrilled to be sharing that mission with BroadFutures. AIR has served as an employer partner with BroadFutures since 2019 and Victoria Geis, a Senior Human Capital Partner of their team, is a dedicated member of our Board of Directors.
Denise Brodey is a senior contributor at Forbes, an Award Winning Workplace Inclusion Expert, Mental Health Writer and Communications Specialist. She is committed to reporting on the role of non-apparent disabilities in the workplace, the business case for inclusion and best practices. She has had bylines in the Boston Globe, New York Times and Huffington Post, Psycom and Different Brains and recently appeared on Yahoo Finance TV.
Denise’s candid, deep dives into new research and her personal style of storytelling have won her the respect of CEOs, lawmakers, and people with disabilities, who appreciate her writing openly about her lived experience with ADHD, dyslexia, depression and anxiety. Her first book, The Elephant in the Playroom won a Library Journal Best Book Award. She has also served as the deputy editor of Glamour and a general manager at USA TODAY.
Two years ago, Denise founded Rebel Talent, which brings together CEO’s, human resource departments, recruiters, jobseekers, and career services representatives to help diverse minds become confident and get hired and business partners to find untapped neurodiverse talent.
René Brooks has taken a late-life ADHD diagnosis and used it to uplift others. Finally, at 25 she was able to get the treatment she deserved and decided that her passion for helping others should be put toward people with ADHD, who are struggling in silence or shame. She is now the proud founder of Black Girl, Lost Keys, a blog that empowers black women with ADHD and shows them how to live well with ADHD.
In addition to Black Girl, Lost Keys, René has written for Healthline and is a Patient Contributor to TEVA Pharmaceutical’s Life Effects project. She has also spoken at The International Alliance Of Patients Organization’s 8th Annual Congress.