Meet Andrew, a warm, intelligent 19-year-old man with cerebral palsy, who once feared he would spend his adult life “staying at home, bored”.
For a bright, ambitious person like Andrew, finishing high school three years ago should have been an exciting time, full of possibility. Instead it was the lowest point in his life.
“I tried at a few work experience placements, but the work was just packing boxes,” he says. I used to say to my family; ‘Is this what it’s going be like for the rest of my life?'”
While Andrew’s school did its best to educate him, there just weren’t the resources for him to attend mainstream classes. Unstimulated, frustrated and lonely, he was ready to drop out in Year 11.
Thanks to you, just when Andrew thought he was out of options, he came to do work experience at Fighting Chance, in Frenchs Forest, northern Sydney. This changed everything for Andrew.
Four out of five young adults with a profound disability experience lifelong unemployment – robbing them of the chance to develop new skills, build self-esteem and experience the great sense of accomplishment that work can bring.
Donating today could unlock the potential of hundreds of promising young people with disability, at a critical point when they could succumb to lifelong unemployment.
Andrew is the perfect example of how your support is making a difference:
“My dream job is to work as an IT support person,” says Andrew, his eyes lighting up. Fighting Chance has given me the opportunity to contribute in a work environment doing a job that I like to do.”
On behalf of Andrew and the team at Fighting Chance – thank you.