The Arc of Palm Beach County is being nationally recognized for its Stand Up program. Out of a pool of 600 local chapters, Palm Beach County received the Program Innovation Award at The Arc’s 2019 National Convention in Washington, D.C. On Saturday, December 14, students that are involved in the mentor program got their first look at the trophy.
The national award honors an executive director whose chapter has designed and implemented a program to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities. The Arc adopted the Stand Up program in 2018. The mentor program matches high school students with same-age peers at The Arc. Bairbre Flood, the Senior Director of Family Services, presented the award to Kimberly McCarten, The Arc’s president and CEO.
“We have found that although our Stand Up mentors and mentees have different life challenges, and even communicate in different ways, their common interests bridge the gaps. They find ways to connect and communicate,” said McCarten. “We believe Stand Up can model how to create an inclusive and accepting community.”
The Arc’s National Convention, which took place in October, is an annual gathering of families, advocates, and professionals in the disability community. Members of The Arc’s National Conference of Executives (NCE) recognize local chapters for their outstanding efforts to fulfill the mission, core values, and position statements of The Arc.
About The Arc of Palm Beach County
The Arc of Palm Beach County is changing the conversation around disabilities by defying definitions, inspiring possibilities, and improving the lives of the people we serve, their families, and our community. Since 1958, The Arc has envisioned a community where every person feels welcome, connected, and accepted.
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