I am Lindy Sinka, the Transition Program Director at employU. Having worked in the non-profit world for many years, I had the opportunity to work in Northern Iraq for five years. This experience totally and utterly changed my life, as I worked with many students with disabilities in an area where the basic infrastructure had been degraded over years of conflict. We are fortunate to have disability programs for youth, adults, and the elderly, but not all countries have these services. After seeing firsthand how a little support can go a long way in changing lives, I knew that I wanted to work with young people with disabilities to help them prepare for life.
After living abroad for over a decade and in Iraq for five years, I moved back to Central Florida and was fortunate enough to find employU. They were looking for a Transition Program Director for their youth program and I jumped at the opportunity. Our program has grown over the last few years and is currently the largest in Florida. Our community internship model has been recognized at the state and national level and we are all so excited to create diverse opportunities for the students we serve.
One of the most exciting aspects of working with youth is that they are so quick to learn and make astounding progress in a short period of time. We take our role very seriously, but also have fun working with our students and community partners. This is by far, the most amazing position that I’ve ever held. I am excited to get working each and every day to build this program for the students we serve.