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The Arc wins national award for student mentoring program

Palm Beach Post - 1/14/2020

RIVIERA BEACH - The Arc of Palm Beach County has earned national recognition for its Stand Up student mentoring program.

The Riviera Beach-based nonprofit that helps empower children and adults with disabilities received the Program Innovation Award last fall at The Arc's 2019 National Convention in Washington, D.C.

The national award honors an executive director whose chapter has designed and implemented a program to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities.

The Arc adopted the Stand Up mentor program in 2018.

The program matches high school students with same-age peers at The Arc.

Bairbre Flood, The Arc's Senior Director of Family Services, presented the award to president and CEO Kimberly McCarten.

"We have found that although our Stand Up mentors and mentees have different life challenges and even communicate in different ways, their common interests bridge the gaps," McCarten said. "They find ways to connect and communicate.

"We believe the Stand Up can model how to create an inclusive and accepting community."

The Arc's National Convention is an annual gathering of families, advocates, and professionals in the disability community.

Members of The Arc's National Conference of Executives (NCE) recognize local chapters for their outstanding efforts to fulfill the mission, core values, and position statements of The Arc.

Local students in The Arc's student mentoring program got their first look at the trophy last month.

For information on The Arc of Palm Beach County, visit www.arcpbc.org/.

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