Gainesville, Fla. (September 26, 2013) –The Center for Independent Living North Central Florida hosted its thirteenth annual High School High Tech Kick-off Event in Alachua County on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Best Western Gateway Grand. The Kick-off is held annually to celebrate the start of a new school year and also to celebrate the success of our students. The evening included a plated dinner, a silent auction to help raise funds for our educational activities and various presentations. Sharen Browning, Consumer Specialist at the CILNCF, delivered a wonderful inspirational message to the students, parents, school partners and business representatives that were in attendance. Sharen’s overall message was that anything is possible, despite disability or any other challenges we may face throughout our lives. The evening ended with a recognition ceremony to honor:
· HSHT students who successfully completed a summer internship
· Employer partners who served as adult mentors to HSHT students with disabilities throughout their summer internship experiences
· Florida Works, whose partnership makes it possible for the HSHT Program to offer paid summer internships to our students
· Teacher sponsors at Gainesville, Buchholz, Santa Fe and Newberry High School, who work with the HSHT Program throughout the school year
· HSHT graduates who successfully graduated from high school as well as the HSHT Program
Ad Fed Gainesville has partnered with the CILNCF for their 2013-14 annual public service initiative. Ad Fed’s public service mission is to help obtain community recognition for CILNCF programs and services. Part of that mission includes press releases, radio, TV and print ads via PSAs and sponsorships for CILNCF as available in the local media market.
For over 30 years, the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida (CILNCF) has been empowering people with disabilities to exert their individual right to live as independently as possible, make personal life choices and achieve full community inclusion. The CILNCF is a local disability resource center and in the past year has served over 4,000 consumers, 2,221 of those in Alachua County alone. Our organization delivers the four-core services of the Independent Living Program: Advocacy, Information and Referral, Peer Support and Independent Living Skills Education. Many other programs compliment these four-core services including: Sign Language Interpreting, Wheelchair Ramp Construction, Nursing Home Transition, High School High Tech and more. http://cilncf.org
About High School High Tech
Florida High School High Tech is an enrichment and transition program designed to provide young people with all types of disabilities the opportunity to explore jobs and postsecondary education leading to technology-related careers, based on their abilities, not disabilities. This program prepares youth with disabilities for life after high school through real-world experiences. HSHT activities include career education workshops, job shadowing, college campus tours, industry site visits, summer internships, community and fundraising service projects, leadership development and much more!
About Ad Fed Gainesville
The Advertising Federation of Gainesville has been an active part of the Gainesville business community for well over 25 years. Our members include advertising agencies, television and radio stations, print publications, small businesses, non-profits and more. As a chapter of the 4th District of the American Advertising Federation, Ad Fed Gainesville is one of 23 local clubs throughout Florida and the Caribbean and our members take pride in being part of the industry’s most influential policy setting organization.
Membership is open to anyone working in advertising, marketing, public relations or a related field as well as those interested in promoting the goals of the Federation. Remember, if you’re in business, you’re in advertising! And we’re your resource for making advertising work for you. http://adfedgainesville.com