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20 PBC Nonprofit Professionals Begin Leadership Program

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Tuesday, November 19, 2019

(WEST PALM BEACH, FL) November, 19, 2019 – Twenty Palm Beach County nonprofit professionals have been accepted into the Rising Leaders program presented by Nonprofits First. The nonprofit leadership program is a competitive 6-month program that prepares nonprofit program managers to transform into the sector’s new generation of top leaders.

 

Rising Leaders Class of 2020

Schiller Ambroise, Community Partners of South Florida

Altagracia Andre, Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County

Amanda Canete, Compass LGBTQ Community Center

Blanca Cartagena, Lake Worth West Resident Planning Group

Jennifer Crane, Community Partners of South Florida

Ericka Estime, City of West Palm Beach, Department of Housing & Community Development

Nancy Finn, CHSFL/BRIDGES at West Palm Beach

Christopher Gay, Palm Beach County School District

Richard Haines, Urban League of Palm Beach County

Natashia Harris. The Lord's Place

Lashaundra Highsmith, Palm Beach County Food Bank

Susan LaRocca, The Lord’s Place

Ana Lopez, Community Partners of South Florida

Wynsome McLean, Community Partners of South Florida

Matthew Meek, Easterseals Florida

Kemba Pinkston, Children's Home Society of Florida

Brian Rowe, CROS Ministries

Jonathan Taylor, Police Athletic League of West Palm Beach

Robbriannia Weekley-Johnson, YWCA of Palm Beach County

Javaris Yarns, Children's Home Society of Florida

 

Participants will acquire a deeper understanding of their own leadership styles while gaining hands-on experience in strategies for leading their programs and organization to a high level of impact and success.

 

The Rising Leaders experience fosters interaction, discovery, dialogue, and servant leadership as participants increase skills to lead the nonprofit field. Alumni of the program transfer skills directly to their current roles and many go on to serve in executive level positions in the nonprofit sector.  Nonprofit organizations are a major economic force in Palm Beach County, employing nearly 30,000 people with total annual wages of almost $1.2 billion in Palm Beach County alone (see Florida Nonprofit Alliance’s website for more eye-opening info about the nonprofit sector in the Sunshine State).

 

The class members were nominated by their managers and selected for their leadership qualities, passion for their missions, and eagerness to learn new skills. They will meet as a group for one full day each month, from November to June, engaging in topics such as new models of leadership, driving social change, public speaking, and critical thinking and decision-making. They will also conduct an extracurricular small group project designed to assist a local charitable or civic organization.

 

“Rising Leaders is the next generation of leadership in the nonprofit sector, succession planning at its best,” said Jessica Cecere, CEO of Nonprofits First.

 

Rising Leaders has graduated over 325 nonprofit leaders since the program launched in 2005.

 

 

NONPROFITS FIRST, INC.

Nonprofits First is a membership organization focused on enhancing the nonprofit community’s effectiveness, efficiency, and ultimately impact.  The vision of Nonprofits First is a community in which nonprofit organizations achieve their highest level of community impact. Nonprofits First strengthens the nonprofit sector through accreditation, leadership development, education, and management support services.  For more information, visit www.nonprofitsfirst.org

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Tags:  Collaborations  Leadership  Network  Nonprofit  Nonprofits First  Palm Beach County  Professional Development  Rising Leaders 

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October Member Spotlight: CHAMP

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

 

There are many nonprofits in Palm Beach County serving the needs of intellectually disabled children and adults.

 

A new agency called CHAMP is one of them, but it focuses on something a little different: Giving differently-abled people with autism, down syndrome, and other diagnoses a paycheck instead of a disability check.

 

It’s a mission that Brett Carpenter of CHAMP is passionate about.

 

The CHAMP founder shares his family's journey as part of our October member profile.

 

 

It was June 2000 when our family doctor uttered the words that changed the course of our lives: “Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter your son Reese has autism.” Those words started a journey for my wife and I, and 21 years later, we have learned from family, educators, and therapists how to help our son be the best “Reese” he can be.

 

So when I had a chance to pay it forward, I took it.

After 38 years of working at a large South Florida company, I retired and started a non-profit called Children’s Health And Mentor Program (CHAMP).  Our mission is simple. Provide FREE recreational activities for youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities. 

CHAMP serves people with Autism, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy to name a few. Through recreational activities, CHAMP will help them improve their social skills and help them reach their full potential, which can include employment. CHAMP’s vision is to replace a disability check with a paycheck.

CHAMP welcomes those with any intellectual disability, or should I say “different ability.”

 

Some Background

 

Today, one in 58 children will be diagnosed with autism – up from around one in 150 when Reese was born. Autism is becoming more prevalent and having larger impacts in our community.

 

When our children hit age 22, they "age out" of school and there are no formal services for them. In the intellectual disability community, this is known as "THE CLIFF," meaning the services drop off. 

 

As a father of a 21-year-old son with autism, I understand what the challenges have been for my family and we are now facing "THE CLIFF" ourselves.  

 

My hope is to serve youth/young adults before and after "THE CLIFF."

 

Seven Great Trips

Since our inception in March 2019, CHAMP has had seven events: teaching about flying drones, bowling with Special Olympians, a Hawaiian-themed dance, paddle boarding, a croquet lesson, a fishing trip on the Intracoastal, and a trip to Miami on the Brightline Train to visit the Science Museum.

 

“The one I feel most passionate about is the Brightline Train trip to Miami to see the Frost Science Museum on October 12,” said Brett.

CHAMP took 20 youth/young adults and 25 parents/caregivers as chaperones, traveled on the Brightline Railway, and then met seven VIVINT employee volunteers at the Miami Brightline Station. Later on, all of us visited the museum’s planetarium show and the multiple levels of aquariums.

 

All these activities were very visible and enjoyable by all.

 

What wasn’t visible is that there were a variety of teachable moments that occurred and the group didn’t realize they were learning. Learning while having fun is the hallmark of CHAMP’s program.

 

Visit WWW.MYYCHAMP.COM to learn more about what we do and to see the pictures and associated descriptions in the EVENT PICTURES section. If you know of a family that could benefit from FREE recreational activities for those with intellectual disabilities, please share this article and visit the website.


If you know a great story about a local nonprofit, please share it with Charlotte Gill, Nonprofits First’s director of development and business strategies, at cgill@nonprofitsfirst.org



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Sold-Out Hats Off Nonprofit Awards Celebrate 113 Nominees and 9 Award Recipients

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, October 7, 2019

West Palm Beach, FL - The third annual “Hats Off Nonprofit Awards” hosted by Nonprofits First, Inc. honored 113 nominees representing 90 local nonprofit organizations and community partners from Palm Beach County at the Harriet Himmel Theatre in downtown West Palm Beach. Over 400 guests were in attendance at this unique hat-themed cocktail reception to support and take their “hats off” to the nominees.

 

A blue-ribbon panel of 45 community leaders from the public and private sectors determined the winners. Honorees in the nine categories were not announced until the awards program, contributing to the anticipation and excitement of this celebratory event that kicks off the event season in Palm Beach County.

 

Nine honorees were announced by Emcees Suzanne Boyd and Eric Roby. Presenting the awards were Nonprofits First CEO, Jessica Cecere, and Board President, Deana Pizzo (I.T. Solutions of South Florida.)

 

A special honor was bestowed upon John Foley of Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County in recognition of his work assisting the nonprofit sector and the community with legal expertise. Nonprofit of the Year was awarded to Forgotten Soldiers Outreach (Small), CROS Ministries (Medium), and The Arc of Palm Beach County (Large). The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Tenna Wiles for her work with the Palm Beach Medical Society. Theresa Lepore was honored as the Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year for her work with YWCA of Palm Beach County. Nonprofit Professional of the Year went to Center for Child Counseling’s Lauren Scirrotto. Travis Suit from Piper’s Angels Foundation received the Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award. Nonprofit MVP went to Wilbert Jean-Baptiste of Digital Vibez. The Community Collaborators Award recognized Best Foot Forward Foundation, ChildNet, and AT&T for their partnership.

 

Four hundred attendees voted on the 2019 Nonprofit People’s Choice Award leading to another proud moment for Piper’s Angels Foundation. Valerie Staggs, a Nonprofit Executive of the Year nominee from Pandora’s Kids, won the Best Hat Award for her hand-made Pandora’s Box hat.

 

“The Hats Off Nonprofit Awards will have lasting impact and reward the nonprofit community for their dedication to service and the business of doing good. Nonprofits are an economic driver in Palm Beach County, providing over 30,000 jobs. It’s time we give them the recognition they deserve and Nonprofits First is proud to do it,” said CEO of Nonprofits First, Jessica Cecere.

 

Proceeds raised from this unique event benefit Nonprofits First Education Programs. These programs focus on the professional development, leadership, and training the nonprofit community volunteers and employees need to lead and succeed.

 

Since 2005, Nonprofits First, Inc. has been the leading resource for strengthening the administrative and operational capacity of nonprofit organizations in the community. Comprised of experienced professionals, consultants and volunteers, the vision of Nonprofits First is a community in which all nonprofits achieve their highest level of success.

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