The Able Trust is determined to be a key leader in providing Floridians opportunities for successful employment. This is done by ensuring that Able Trust programs focus on empowerment, education, and employment.
Without the first and second “E”, the third is hard to attain.
The annual Career Day is an opportunity for participants to learn of many career and education options.
Programs like the Florida Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) help to instill these vital components in high school students with disabilities. Participants in this life-changing week learn to hone and develop the skills necessary to not only be successful in the classroom, but in their home communities as well. Applicants are nominated by their schools and go through a rigorous selection process. Those selected to serve as student delegates will then represent their schools and communities as they embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“As a person with a disability, I rarely get the opportunity to experience such opportunities as YLF,” potential delegate Caroline Biggett of Gainesville said. “This is an opportunity to branch out and try something different. Meeting others with disabilities will be an exciting learning adventure.”
YLF participants exhibit public speaking skills during the annual Mentors luncheon.
“I try not to let my disability define me,” Rickma Timmons of Riverview added. “I like to challenge myself and my abilities as far as I can go. I’m super excited about this opportunity!”
Participants are selected from all areas of the state, and participation costs — including transportation, meals, and lodging — are covered by The Able Trust.