Disneyland Resort has a long-standing history of supporting and partnering with various organizations that give back to the Anaheim community.
One of these partnerships is with the nonprofit, My Day Counts.
Disney VoluntEARS recently partnered with this organization to conduct mock interviews and provide development opportunities for the participants.
My Day Counts
This amazing nonprofit is dedicated to training people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and preparing them for the workplace.
My Day Counts provides trainings, activities, and curriculum to help participants achieve their goals.
Many of the students from Disney’s first workshop at My Day Counts have used these new skills, completed successful interviews, and gotten jobs within the community.
Kyle O’Shea is one of these participants and currently works at Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel.
Kyle loves working at Disneyland and his favorite part of the job is showing everyone that Disneyland is home. “I never thought I’d come to Disneyland to work here; it’s a dream.”
Disney VoluntEARS led and conducted the interviews and also valued the experience.
Cast Members Michelle Sico and Vicky Quinnan, both members of ENABLED, a Disneyland Resort Business Employee Resource Group that promotes respect, equality, and appreciation of people with disabilities were grateful to be part of the process.
“Having the space where you can just be who you are and not worry about judgment is so wonderful,” Michelle shared.
Crystal Rodriguez (of My Day Counts) said Disneyland’s partnership with the nonprofit is often pivotal for the participants. They receive valuable feedback and experience that builds their confidence and skillset.
“It shows our participants that if they can interview with Disney, they can ace it anywhere,” she shared.
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