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2022 YNS Academy

2nd Your Next Star Academy

The inaugural Your Next Star Academy was piloted in June 2019 at the site of Collettey’s Cookies, serving 12 young adults with Down syndrome, each at a pivotal point in their career.

In the summer of 2022, as part of the newly launched Philip Donahue YNS Employment Center, we were proud to bring back the hands-on training program, holding our 2nd YNS Academy for a group of prospective employees with Down syndrome interested in entering the workforce.

The Academy, held once again in collaboration with Collettey’s as well as RSM US LLP, helped participants improve their soft skills, job skills and job search skills as well as financial literacy.

More to come in 2023

We are thrilled to continue building the Philip Donahue Your Next Star Employment Center for years to come. Stay tuned for additional YNS Academies in 2023 and other programs as we continue educating employers about the value that people with Down syndrome bring to the workforce while working directly with employers to build inclusive hiring programs. For more information, reach out to us at