Special Needs Teens and Young Adults Recognized During YMCA of South Florida’s S.T.E.P. Internship Program Commencement

(L to R): Pamela Clairmont, Raynall O’Neal, Rakedah Meggett, Regina James

More than 70 teens and young adults with special needs recently graduated from a seven-week internship through the YMCA of South Florida’s Supported Training Employment Program (S.T.E.P.). With more than 200 guests and graduates in attendance at the Doubletree Sawgrass, including businesses, job coaches, program participants and their families, students ages 16 to 22 were celebrated and were presented with awards.

The South Florida businesses where these young adults interned, including Rick Case Automotive Group, Publix, Doubletree Hotel and three YMCA of South Florida locations, were also recognized for their support.

Sponsored by Children’s Services Council of Broward County, the YMCA’s S.T.E.P. is an after-school program designed to help teens and young adults with special needs identify and explore post-secondary career and educational interests to develop the skills they need to become successful and independent adults.

For additional information on S.T.E.P. and other Youth Development Afterschool Programs at the Y, visit https://ymcasouthflorida.org/yd-broward-afterschool-program/.

(L to R): Sheila McBurrows, Raynall O’Neal, Pamela Clairmont, Keion Fagan, Leron Colacin
(L to R): Alison Bregman-Rodriguez, Susan Feldman, Anthony Pascaralla, Eric Bohentin, Alyssa Ferluga, Giovanni Dima