Recipient Updates

October 2018

Rockin’ Recipient Kirsta Graf Spreading Her Sparkle ✨!!

By |2018-10-14T17:28:16+00:00October 13th, 2018|Blog, October Awareness Campaign, Recipient Updates|

Remember our girl Kirsta from last year's drop-off at Bethel University? Well, this summer she worked at a local coffee shop as a Welcome Associate, where – in addition to her internship at the Children’s Museum – she continues to work one day a week during the school year. She reads to the kids during a [...]

Hardworking Rockin’ Recipient Kelly Is About to Graduate!

By |2018-10-14T16:02:30+00:00October 11th, 2018|Blog, October Awareness Campaign, Recipient Updates|

We caught up with Rockin' Recipient Kelly, who will be graduating from VCU's ACE IT in College Program in December. She currently has TWO jobs, one as a busser at Max’s Positive Vibe Café (sounds like my kind of place!) and an assistant teacher at a local child development center. She has been at Max’s [...]

Rockin’ Recipient Erin Hawley (Kent State CCS Program) Works as a Nursing Assistant!

By |2018-10-14T16:10:39+00:00October 9th, 2018|Blog, October Awareness Campaign, Recipient Updates|

Rockin' Recipient Erin Hawley, a Kent State senior, has been taking nursing courses through the university's CCS Program. CCS students have the opportunity to guide their own course of education, to try different classes, find what they like and make their dreams a reality. Erin's dream is to work as a nurse assistant in a [...]

A Glimpse into Post-College Life with Rockin’ Recipient Ali

By |2018-10-14T16:36:08+00:00October 7th, 2018|Blog, October Awareness Campaign, Recipient Updates|

To say this trip has given me “all the feels” would be an understatement. To be able to hang out with Ali and get a glimpse of what her life is like now- after college -has brought me so many happy, hopeful tears for the future of my own daughter. It’s hard not to picture [...]

Interview with Rockin’ Recipient Jessica (Saginaw Valley State U)!

By |2018-10-14T16:28:41+00:00October 7th, 2018|Blog, October Awareness Campaign, Recipient Updates|

Jessica is a very busy lady! Not only is she rockin' it at Saginaw Valley State University but she has THREE JOBS!! We asked her to tell us a little bit about each one: JD: I work at Hidden Treasures Preschool as a Teacher’s Aide. I do anything necessary to help the teacher 😊 I grade papers, put the [...]

Post-College Life with Rockin’ Recipient Emma!!

By |2018-10-14T16:41:45+00:00October 6th, 2018|Blog, October Awareness Campaign, Recipient Updates|

Since graduating from the FUTURE Program at The University of Tennessee, Rockin' Recipient Emma has started her second year in her position with a local preschool as an assistant in the 3, 4 & 5-year-old classrooms. Emma works Mon–Thurs 8:30–2:30. One of her favorite days is “Monday’s Movement Day” for all ages, when she's in [...]

Catchin’ Up with Rockin’ Recipient Zachary Benton!!

By |2018-10-14T16:55:29+00:00October 4th, 2018|Blog, October Awareness Campaign, Recipient Updates|

These moments, you guys. These moments that I get little glimpses into the possibilities and opportunities for the future for my own daughter are everything. Getting to hang out with Zach, him giving us a tour of his apartment where he lives independently, talking with him about how he is working at his dream job [...]

Follow-up on Rockin’ Recipient Kayla McKeon!!

By |2018-10-14T17:09:27+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Blog, October Awareness Campaign, Recipient Updates|

Here's a follow-up to my earlier post on Kayla McKeon, who is doing amazing things!! Take a few moments to check more of her story here! Thank you Kayla for all you are doing to advocate for those who may not be able to advocate for themselves!! YOU ROCK! #rockinrecipientsrule #RubyAndNellaGoToWork #downsyndrome#downsyndromeawareness

An Interview with Lobbyist and Rockin’ Recipient Kayla McKeon!!

By |2018-10-14T17:12:13+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Blog, October Awareness Campaign, Recipient Updates|

Rockin' Recipient Kayla McKeon is a busy lady! Not only is she pursuing her Associate's Degree at Onondaga Community College, she's been shakin' things up on Capitol Hill!! Check out our interview with her: RR: What is your official title? KM: Manager of Grassroots Advocacy (also the 1st registered lobbyist with Down syndrome) RR: How does it [...]

Rockin’ Recipient Alex Interned on Capitol Hill!

By |2018-10-14T17:04:11+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Blog, October Awareness Campaign, Recipient Updates|

We have had lots of our Rockin' Recipients intern on Capitol Hill. Last year Alex was a congressional Intern on Capitol Hill for 3 semesters and absolutely loved it. He put together packets for constituents, picked up flags from the Flag Office, signed constituent correspondence using the autopen, did some data entry and picked up [...]