LARC’s Job-A-Palooza is a Career Fair for Students with Disabilities Event will be held January 18th at Crowne Plaza
FORT MYERS, Fla. (December 13, 2019) – Calling all super heroes! Students, mentors and businesses are wanted! Join LARC (Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens) for the 2nd Annual Job-A-Palooza, the ultimate ‘speed-jobbing’ experience! Job-A-Palooza will be held at Crowne Plaza Fort Myers Bell Tower, 13051 Bell Tower Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33907, on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
At Job-A-Palooza, students ages 14 to 21 with disabilities can discover their superpowers and meet local employers while peer-mentors assist them in navigating this exciting job fair experience. Students will explore job skill stations from local businesses in industries such as retail, food service, administration, automotive and more. There will be demonstrations, friendly competition activities, awards and more.
“We could not be more excited about Job-A-Palooza,” said Angela Katz, LARC Development Director. “Job-A-Palooza gives individuals with disabilities the opportunity to showcase their abilities to potential employers and for the employers to see how capable the individuals are.”
Job-A-Palooza is just one of the ways LARC helps people enter the workforce. LARC’s Supported Employment program offers job seekers with job placement assistance, training and support to those who are hired. Employment Specialists partner with businesses to discover and help create career opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
“LARC is a training center for success,” said Kevin Lewis, LARC Executive Director. “When individuals receive the training and resources they need, capabilities naturally surface and lives change for the better.”
Space is limited and students must pre-register for the event by visiting www.larcleecounty.org or calling Pamela Jenkins at 239-334-6285 x226. Through the generous support of the Arc of Florida and Vocational Rehabilitation there is no cost to participate and lunch is included.
Businesses can be super heroes by providing a work station to help students learn about work opportunities in our community, gain insight into their own potential, and be a part of the future workforce.
Mentors are needed to help students compete and develop job skills. Mentors can earn a $100 Visa gift card. Mentors must pass a Level II background check to participate. To register or learn more about business and mentor opportunities, visit www.larcleecounty.org or call Angela at (239) 334-6285 x 229.
Established in 1954, LARC Inc.’s mission is to empower and support individuals with disabilities and their families to reach their full potential. LARC is a 501(c)3 that provides programs and services for approximately 300 local men and women annually. The nonprofit offers youth programs, vocational training, community residential services, and a vast array of other state-of-the-art community inclusion services on a full-time, year-round basis. LARC’s main campus is located at 2570 Hanson Street, Fort Myers, and has a satellite campus in Bonita Springs. LARC also operates two Residential Group Homes located in Cape Coral and North Fort Myers.