Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace with Con Edison
In addition to powering New York City and Westchester, Con Edison energizes the communities it serves by supporting nonprofit organizations that make our neighborhoods better places to live.
INCLUDEnyc was lucky enough to receive a charitable grant from Con Edison in support of Project Possibility. This program provides intensive, direct support to young people with disabilities in order to achieve educational, employment, and community involvement goals. Additionally, Con Edison is also supporting Bridges, a series of workshops aimed at helping participants develop skills that lead to more informed decision-making, effective communications, and independence.
Young people with disabilities should begin transition planning as early as possible and are legally entitled to attend their individualized education program meetings at age 15. Unfortunately, many students graduate high school without appropriate goals in place. This year, because of Con Edison’s support, INCLUDEnyc will be able to help 100 young people identify their future goals, such as a postsecondary or job placement program, and work with a youth educator to outline the steps needed to reach that goal.
Con Edison chose to support INCLUDEnyc because our goals align with their commitment to helping people with diverse backgrounds get educational and employment opportunities to grow and thrive. They understand that achieving an inclusive culture begins with recruiting candidates who reflect the communities they serve.
“Statistics show that 1 in 5 Americans at some time in their life may be afflicted with a disability – whether temporary or permanent,” said Jennifer Flynn, manager of Con Edison’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. “These individuals are our family members, coworkers, neighbors. Disability and inclusion in the workplace opens up the opportunities for personal, professional, and financial independence.”
Con Edison’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is helping to create more opportunities for New Yorkers. INCLUDEnyc is lucky to have their support as we work towards a more inclusive future for young people with disabilities.