Fedcap Director Honored at National Disability Employment Awareness Month Event
Maricela Brea, Senior Director, Fedcap Youth & Young Adults Division, was recently honored at a National Disability Employment Awareness Month awards ceremony at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
The October 6th event, sponsored by the NYC Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities and its Commissioner, Victor Calise, honors New York City businesses and nonprofits for their commitment to employing people with disabilities. ACCES-VR, the NYC Placement Consortium and Fedcap co-sponsored the event.
Students from Fedcap’s Career Design School Culinary Training program provided catering services. The students received outstanding feedback from multiple participants for their professionalism and the quality of their service.
Maricela was presented with the Mo Fong Rigley Award for her collaborative leadership in setting up innovative programs to serve youth and young adults. The award was presented by ACCES-VR counselor Brian Alvarado, who thanked Maricela and Fedcap for their vision and impact in serving youth and young adults with barriers. Fedcap and ACCES-VR collaborated in setting up ACCES-VR’s first-ever paid internship program, providing hundreds of youth with invaluable experience in building sustainable career paths.
“I want to thank ACCES-VR and all our partners who work to empower people in their journey through life,” Maricela told a crowd of 175 people. “We are rewarded by seeing the impact on the lives of youth transitioning to adulthood through services including work readiness, high impact internships and job placement.”
Fedcap is extremely grateful for the help and support of our ACCES-VR partners who attended the event - award presenters Frank Coco, Statewide Coordinator of District Office Administration for ACCES-VR, and Joanne Schwartz, Regional Coordinator, ACCES-VR, NYSED, as well as Arnold Dorin, Regional Coordinator for Business Relations, ACCES-VR, NYSED.
"Fedcap’s partnership with ACCES-VR has impacted so many lives over the years, and led to so many jobs,” said Fedcap COO Joe Giannetto at the event. “This work is what Fedcap is all about – I want to thank our esteemed board for making it possible.”