Karrie Brown’s dream came true last month when her favorite clothing company, Wet Seal, asked her to model for them. The 17-year-old high school junior isn't like most other models – she has Down Syndrome. "It was really fun," said Karrie, who describes her style as "biker chick."
Karrie’s mom has started "Karried Away," a non-profit foundation that aims to help young people with disabilities find meaningful employment. "I just want people to understand my daughter is very capable of doing other things," she said, noting that many young adults with Down Syndrome have difficulty finding work outside the service industry.
For Karrie, the future is an open book. “On some days she wants to model more clothes," says her mom, while "other times she wants to be a librarian." Karrie also dreams of meeting Ellen Degeneres and dancing with her on her daytime talk show.
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For the second year in a row, Yang Yuanqing, computer maker Lenovo's CEO distributed his $3 million bonus to 10,000 junior level employees. These employees are located in 20 different countries, but mostly (85%) in China. The payout is about $325 which is a typical month's pay for a worker in China!
“He believes that he has the responsibility as an owner of the company, and the opportunity as our leader, to ensure all of our employees understand the impact they have on building Lenovo.”, said Gina Qiao, senior vice president of human resources at Lenovo.
This makes many people wonder... is Lenovo accepting applications for employment? :)
And that's what's good,
Brenda Palms Barber's honey-products program, Sweet Beginnings, has hired 275 recently released inmates since 2007, giving these men from one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Chicago a second chance. These men, exiting the state prison system with little formal education or job skills, are being taught the art of beekeeping, how to take care of the bees and harvest the honey, and the business of selling the honey at farmers’ markets.
Ex-convicts working for this program receive a tremendous boost in self-esteem, some money in their pocketbooks, repaired credit ratings, an understanding of the rewards of hard work, and very importantly, a first job which makes moving on to future jobs so much easier. Sweet Beginnings has a prison recidivism rate among its employees of about 4 percent – far below the national and state averages of 65 percent and 55 percent respectively.
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