We’re thrilled to announce a new partnership that will bring our resources in front of The Mighty‘s wide-reaching readership. We will now have our own growing home page on The Mighty and appear in many stories on the site.
The Mighty is a story-based health community focused on improving the lives of people facing disease, disorder, mental illness and disability. More than half of Americans are facing serious health conditions or medical issues. They want more than information. They want to be inspired. The Mighty publishes real stories about real people facing real challenges.
Here’s an example of the kind of stories on The Mighty: 27 Years After the ADA, the Employment Rate for People With Disabilities Is Still Too Low
We are excited to be a partner of The Mighty and look forward to sharing more through their awesome site.
Over the past few months, we have worked closely with the team at MTN Creative to help us more easily explain what we do at Celebrate EDU. We needed to ensure that the message we share is consistent with our programs and our beliefs. So after a lot of time and effort, we are unveiling our new slogan (drumroll please) . . .
Discover Your AWESOME
These 3 words represent what Celebrate EDU programs do: Empower self-advocates to discover their dreams, embrace their interests and strengths, and create opportunities for the future.
I can hardly believe it, but Celebrate EDU turned 4 this month! To commemorate this occasion, I decided to take a walk down memory lane to remember how it all started and how far we’ve come. Here are a few of our most important moments:
I walked into SEED SPOT Phoenix on September 14, 2013 (to be exact) with an idea for an organization and a lot of nervous energy. I had never taken a business class before and was terrified of the idea of pitching my business idea to a community audience each and every week. Throughout my 12-weeks in the program, I grew leaps and bounds as an entrepreneur and left with a solid business idea, incredible mentors (including one still on our board today) and a $25,000 seed grant from the Pakis Family Foundation. The rest, as they say, is history.
We are excited to announce that we have a new in-kind donor for our Kindling Entrepreneur Workshops! The Boulder-based company, Justin’s, will now sponsor the “afternoon snacks” provided to students who attend our 1-day entrepreneurship workshops. What better way to refuel than with healthy nut butter and snack packs? We are so thrilled to call them a partner and are already enjoying the delicious snacks they have provided. Thank you, Justin’s!
p.s. Did you know that Justin is also a super cool entrepreneur? Be sure to check out his founding story by clicking here.
When Linda & Lynda, 2 autism warrior moms, get together great things happen. As the host of our first workshop on the Kindling Tour, we instantly connected with the families and staff of Grant A Gift Autism Foundation. Founded by Lynda Tache (mother of Grant), Grant A Gift is a one-of-a-kind facility for autism families in the Las Vegas community.
After the Kindling Workshop, they received feedback from families about the need for more educational training in their Teen Works program. We were thrilled when they invited us back in January to train their staff to teach The Spark Program. They just completed their Spark pilot with 4 students, and are excited to work with another group of aspiring entrepreneurs this Fall.
At the end of last month, our Co-Founder & CEO Jenny Anderson spoke at Women Who Startup’s monthly event #BasecampBoulder. She spoke to a group full of women about the unconventional path that led her to start Celebrate EDU, the lessons she has learned, and shared advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. We are so thrilled to participate in such an incredible event for women. Thank you to Lizelle van Vuren & the entire Women Who Startup community for welcoming us to your stage!
Celebrate EDU has been awarded a contract through the Rocky Mountain Human Services Mill Levy Program to provide our Entrepreneur Education Information Sessions, Kindling Workshops, and The Spark Program to individuals with I/DD in Denver County. This fantastic opportunity will allow us to impact hundreds of lives over the next 7 months. We are thrilled by this opportunity and can’t wait to share the results of our efforts.
People have supported Celebrate EDU in many different ways since our founding, but our new friends, Mortal Threads, may be the most creative ever! On April 2nd, in honor of World Autism Day, they hosted an Instagram auction in partnership with over 30 other stores. Each of these partners donated products ranging from Harry Potter shoes, to jewelry, to knitted cacti, and 100% of the proceeds from the auction went to support Celebrate EDU programs to benefit entrepreneurs with disabilities. To top it all off, they raised $1,524!
We are so thankful to each and every store that donated products for the auction, and to Mortal Threads for thinking of us, and helping us to empower young adults with disabilities through the power of entrepreneurship! We can’t wait to share the impact of your generosity.
We are so excited to announce that our Co-Founder & CEO, Jenny Anderson was named one of Conscious Company Magazine’s 19 social entrepreneurs to watch in 2017! What an honor to be recognized among other inspiring entrepreneurs who are leading change around the country.
Conscious Company magazine is the first nationally distributed publication in the US to focus solely on sustainable business and business as a force for good. Conscious Company Media shares inspiring, cutting edge stories about business as a force for good, and connects talented individuals with purpose-driven work, all with the higher purpose of elevating consciousness in the business world. Be sure to pick up the March/April issue that features Jenny on stands now!
For a link to the entire article click here
We did it… 10,675 miles traveled, 36 popcorn businesses created, 16 entrepreneur guest speakers, and 72 hours of fun.
Our Kindling Tour, sponsored by Autism Speaks, educated a total of 152 individuals (ages 13-60) of which 90% are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. We also provided 10 information sessions where 88 family members, educators, and service providers learned about the benefits of entrepreneurial education for young adults with disabilities.
The results of these workshops far exceeded our expectations:
95% thought the workshop was fun
93% feel they know what it means to be an entrepreneur
87% are interested in exploring their own business venture
We look forward to providing Kindling Workshops to more people around the country in the upcoming year!