Who We Serve
Achieve, Inc. serves neurodivergent teens and young adults, namely, people with learning disabilities such as Autism Spectrum, ADD/ADHD. Neurodivergent people face significant hurdles in obtaining and maintaining employment. The vast majority of adults on the autism spectrum are either unemployed or underemployed, with estimates ranging up to 90%. This translates to a lack of confidence continuing with age, ultimately affecting their personal and professional success. The majority of these folks simply join the ranks of the unemployed, often spiraling into depression and a lack of self-worth. Neurodivergent adults have 46% higher odds of having attempted suicide than their peers without learning problems.
Your support helps address these issues by providing neurodivergent people the skills needed to obtain meaningful employment, transforming them into a qualified workforce so badly needed by the community. Earning a wage gives this special population confidence and incentives to continue to develop skills that will make them more likely to successfully maintain long-term employment and avoid or overcome mental health challenges.
 Autism Speaks website, 2022.
 Fuller-Thomson, Carroll, Yang, 2018.
Job Skills Program Goals
Achieve’s flagship Job Skills Program has three primary goals: (1) Provide neurodivergent community members access to meaningful work experience and job training that enables them to secure and maintain long-term employment, becoming contributing community members less reliant on government services; (2) Provide community work-force development by offering job skills training to an underserved population; and (3) Expose the general public to the abilities of the neurodivergent community through operation of a social enterprise providing direct community interface.
Based on the feedback we’ve received so far and observation by the mentors, during the grant period ALL 16 summer Job Skills Program participants showed improvement in money-handling, communication skills, problem solving skills, self-advocacy, and social skills. Two program participants reported they plan to look for work in their fields of interest which they did not have the confidence to do prior to the program. One participant specifically said the program “helped reduce my social anxiety.” Two program participants that required one-on-one assistance at the beginning of the summer were able to confidently work independently by the end of the summer. One participant refused to take off a hoodie (covering his head) at the beginning of summer, even on hot days, because of his anxiety. He no longer needed the hoodie by the end of the season. Another participant has gone from being totally withdrawn to being very personable and communicative. Yet another began the summer with obvious depression and anxiety but ended the program with hopeful thoughts about future jobs.
See Us in Action
Our summer food program was recently featured on the PBS show Daytripper. Check out the episode!