- Friday, September 22, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
- Quest Conference Center, just north of Columbus at the Polaris exit (MAP)
- $25 Registration fee includes lunch, books, and materials
- Register and pay online by September 15 at www.OAHCyouth.org
Nineteen disabled students had the enjoyment of hearing Healthy Visions speakers Tym House and Mike Hertsenberg give a presentation on the theme ‘You are Valuable, Lovable and You matter’ on Sunday June 19th. This presentation was part of the APSE (Association of People Supporting Employment first) National Convention Student Day at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, which was also sponsored by Project Search. Tym and Mike were asked to present based on the resounding success of in-classroom presentations given to classes with students with disabilities over the past year.
APSE supports Employment First to facilitate the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and community. They are having their National Convention on June 21 to 23, which had a pre-conference ‘Student Day’ on both Sunday June 19th and Monday June 20th. The Student Day is a unique, two-day program for high school students with disabilities. The program teaches students career strategies and provides hands-on experiences to prepare them for independence and success in the workplace. In order to deliver an engaging and dynamic presentation, Tym and Mike pulled from their experience speaking to several Project Search and Career Based Intervention school programs in Hamilton, Butler, and Warren Counties of South West Ohio over the past year. Tym also was the keynote speaker at Butler Tech’s Career Based Intervention Program 2016 Student of the Year, where he spoke to the 19 students being honored and 200 guests in attendance.
The outstanding success of the presentation is best witnessed by the students own words. An 18 year old male said, “What I learned today is that no one is perfect. So when I get mad at myself for making mistakes I have to just tell myself no one is perfect and I'm OK.” A 22 year old female said, “if you reject everyone with a closed fist, you can never receive the gift that is offered to you. You have to open up your fist, extend yourself to others for them to extend themselves to you.” Evan said "Just what you have on the screen. I am valuable, I matter and I am lovable. Today made me like myself more.” A professor from Bowling Green said, “it (the presentation) was wonderful. I am in awe how these 2 young men created such a safe environment where the students spoke freely about their experiences and what they learned” Two sign-language interpreters thought it was very good, “The two speakers helped so the students wouldn’t get bored hearing one voice. We especially liked the warmth of the two speakers who created such an open and safe session, that the attendees wanted to participate. We liked that when the attendees spoke of obstacles they overcame, the two speakers and the attendees applauded them for their courage and bravery and for sharing their stories.”
To schedule a presentation for your students with disabilities, contact Carole Adlard, Healthy Visions 513-793- 7268 or text 513-484- 1506 or email@example.com
Project Search is a program that reaches students with special needs, teaching and equipping them with work skills to gain competitive career positions. Project Search has partnered with Healthy Visions, bringing in our classroom presentations focused on self-esteem, anger and stress management, as well as social media and technology safety. These presentations are similar to our typical classroom modules, but with a focus on how these areas carry over into the work force. Because of this great partnership, Healthy Visions has been invited into several special needs classrooms within high schools throughout Greater Cincinnati. Our vision is to continue building into this community of students, empowering them with the message that they are lovable, valuable, and matter.
The Social Venture Partners of Cincinnati – along with support from Flywheel, Skystone Partners, GiveUnity, and a number of other local organizations – recently hosted a Fast Pitch competition featuring twenty nonprofits in the community, and Healthy Visions was one of those organizations! Fast Pitch is a technique borrowed from the venture capital and startup community. It is a way to showcase and accelerate nonprofits making a difference in a particular city – speakers for each organization receive training in telling effective, inspiring stories and then compete by offering a 3-minute pitch to a group of judges.
Healthy Visions was selected as one of the Top 20 semifinalists in December, and made the cut into the Final 8 in January. Those organizations – which included nonprofits such as Lawn Life, Changing Gears, Faces Without Places, and a number of other worthwhile groups – competed in February at Memorial Hall downtown for a chance at $30,000 in prize money. And while each pitch was engaging and dynamic in its own way, the Healthy Visions representative (program manager Dean Kirker) was able to appeal to the judges and audience in a manner that resulted in success for Healthy Visions.
In the end, Healthy Visions received Flywheel’s $5,000 Social Enterprise award designed to launch or grow a social enterprise that makes Cincinnati a better place. Our social enterprise, the electronic version of Healthy Visions called eSafeTeen, is an online tool that teaches critical thinking skills and provides social media support to assist youth in making healthy behavioral choices. We are currently in the process of working in tandem with Flywheel to get the word out about eSafeTeen.
On top of our Flywheel Social Enterprise award, Healthy Visions also received the SVP-sponsored ‘Good Idea Made Possible’ award of $5,000, taking the official winnings to $10,000. The entire Fast Pitch event was an excellent opportunity to network with potential donors and funders, and to see several other worthwhile Cincinnati nonprofits in action. Healthy Visions is appreciative for being selected as a finalist, and looks forward to the possibility of competing again next year!
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