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Helping youth develop self-confidence and leadership skills

By providing opportunities for practical work experiences, youth with disabilities will have the employment skills they need to succeed in competitive jobs. Strategies MEAF has supported with recent grants include: Mentoring, Internships, Workforce Readiness, and Careers in Science and Technology.

An employee volunteer at Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. mentors a young man during Disability Mentoring Day.


Mentoring and internships are effective methods to help young people, particularly those with disabilities, to be successful later in life. Mentoring provides a positive role model for young people, who gain confidence, exposure, training and access to resources. Internships provide practical employment experiences and can serve as an entryway to full employment. Mentoring and internships also help young people with disabilities learn about their capabilities, and dispel myths about disability.

Mitsubishi Electric employee volunteers support mentoring and internship programs. MEAF’s relationship with Partners for Youth with Disabilities spans two decades, and includes Disability Mentoring Days and internship programs at company locations across America. MEAF has invested more than $1.6 million in national mentoring and internship initiatives.


Career Link Mentoring
A group photo of participants in the U.S. Business Leadership Network's Career Link Mentoring Program

Organization: US Business Leadership Network
Grants: $264,578
Years: 2013-2016

Mentoring for All
A young person with a disability and his mentor

Organization: Partners for Youth with DIsabilities
Grants: $189,375
Years: 1994-2012

Youth Sports Mentoring Program
A mentor with prosthetic legs holding a javlin kneels with his mentee, also with prosthetic legs

Organization: Disabled Sports USA
Amount: $85,000
Years: 2006, 2008

Disability Mentoring Day - Pipelines of Talent
A student with a disability fixes a CNC panel, while a Mitsubishi Electric volunteer mentor looks on

Organization: American Association of People with Disabilities
Grants: $35,000
Years: 2012-2013

Summer Internship Programs
A woman giving a tour of a U.S. government building

Organization: AAPD, USICD, The Washington Center
Grants: $1,569,090
Years: 2002 - 2019


From developing entrepreneurial acumen and providing on-the-job training, to helping with “soft skill” development, MEAF helps ensure that young people are ready with the tools they need to enter the workforce. And, the workforce needs to be ready to accept and accommodate these workers, which is particularly important as more young people with disabilities enter the competitive labor market.

From its very first foundation grant to the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities’ Bridges from School to Work program, MEAF has invested more than a half-million dollars for innovative model programs to ensure that youth with disabilities and potential employers are prepared with the skills and tools they need to succeed.


Bridges from School to Work
A young man works in an industrial kitchen

Organization: Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities
Grants: $411,475
Years: 1991, 1993, 2014-2016

Project SEARCH
Photo of a young woman participating in Project SEARCH

Organization: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Grants: $516,002
Years: 2003 - 2008, 2013-2014, 2016-2018


As a global technology company, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation is committed to promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. With Baby Boomers leaving the workforce, low performance of U.S. students in science and math, an increase in technology jobs and global competitiveness, it is imperative that youth be exposed to STEM training. MEAF helps ensure youth with disabilities are included in these programs and can access these career opportunities.

MEAF has funded more than two million dollars of STEM and technology-related projects provide students with the accommodations they need to succeed, and that STEM education programs are universally designed to maximize learning.


Project SEARCH
Photo of a young woman participating in Project SEARCH

Organization: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Grants: $516,002
Years: 2003 - 2008, 2013-2014, 2016-2018


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