Kafi Charles-King: “Everyone should be given an opportunity to fulfill their career dreams and aspirations”

 

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According to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s recent unemployment report, there are more than 1.13 million Floridians with disabilities between the ages of 16 and 65. Of the 1.13 million, 700,000 people with disabilities are not currently in Florida’s workforce.

The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Internship Program seeks to help close the talent gap by connecting businesses with workforce needs to valuable talent.

My Nature’s Delight is one of the 10 businesses who were selected to take part in this pilot program.

“Being a part of this program is important to My Nature’s Delight because it allows us to help with the unemployment gap when it comes to workers with disabilities, but most importantly- it’s allowing workers with disabilities an opportunity to work and show off their special gifts and talents,” said KAFI CHARLES-KING, My Nature’s Delight. “We believe that everyone should be given an opportunity to fulfill their career dreams and aspirations and because of this, we are extremely grateful and proud to be part of the pilot year of the foundation.”

Hope Allen: “Those with disabilities don’t have to be unemployed- they are absolutely employable.”

 

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According to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s recent unemployment report, there are more than 1.13 million Floridians with disabilities between the ages of 16 and 65. Of the 1.13 million, 700,000 people with disabilities are not currently in Florida’s workforce.

The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Internship Program seeks to help close the talent gap by connecting businesses with workforce needs to valuable talent.

After hearing a presentation of the Florida Chamber Foundation’s internship Program, the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce stepped up to the plate to help close the workforce gap. The key? Conversations.

“It’s all in conversations and not being afraid to have the conversations,” said HOPE ALLEN, President & CEO, Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce. “Persons with disabilities are just like everybody else within your organization- don’t be afraid of it. So it’s spreading the message and having ambassadors and goodwill and I think that’s what the Florida Chamber is doing really well.”

Karen Pieters: “If you can broaden the vision of what you are looking for and who can be a great employee for you- that helps everyone.”

 

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According to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s recent unemployment report, there are more than 1.13 million Floridians with disabilities between the ages of 16 and 65. Of the 1.13 million, 700,000 people with disabilities are not currently in Florida’s workforce.

The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Internship Program seeks to help close the talent gap by connecting businesses with workforce needs to valuable talent.

Crystal River Main Street is one of the 10 businesses who were selected to take part in this pilot program.

“The internship program worked out absolutely phenomenally for us,” said KAREN PIETERS, CEO, Crystal River Main Street. “Being that we are a nonprofit, and being able to be reimbursed for the salary made a huge difference in our ability to do that.”

For businesses looking to meet workforce needs, Pieters recommends widening the scope of where you look for talent.

“It’s an entire segment of the population that actually has abilities, and can be employed, and is perhaps overlooked that winds up having to be on assistance and then therefore, are not able to be your customers and are not able to participate in the economy when they actually have the ability to do so, said PIETERS.”

Christina Davenport: “It goes back to education and getting the word out.”

 

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According to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s recent unemployment report, there are more than 1.13 million Floridians with disabilities between the ages of 16 and 65. Of the 1.13 million, 700,000 people with disabilities are not currently in Florida’s workforce.

The Florida Chamber Foundation’s Internship Program seeks to help close the talent gap by connecting businesses with workforce needs to valuable talent.

JMI Professional Services is one of the 10 businesses who were selected to take part in this pilot program.

“I think the business community has a need for these individuals with disabilities that are out there and they don’t realize, in my opinion, that they are available to work,” said CHRISTINA DAVENPORT, President, JMI Professional Services Inc. “It goes back to educating and letting those that are out there and have employment needs to let them know that there is another skilled group of individuals that are ready to work.”