Dedicated City Intern Walks 4 Miles to Work Each Day
Tyler Wallace, a current student in the Project SEARCH program, is a young adult who is a dependable, enthusiastic and motivated individual who works well with his peers. He is so devoted to his program that he walks four miles one way to the city Monday through Friday to get to his internship site. To reward his efforts, the City of Palm Bay and Daily Bread donated a bike to Tyler so that he can ride to his class sessions or internships, which was a true dream come true.
“I’m very grateful for the bike as this will help me get around easier,” said Wallace.
With this generous donation, Tyler will now have transportation to start his new adventure, searching for employment. “He is an example of what any young adult would like out of life: to get a job and be successful,” Project SEARCH instructor Mary Kay Trowbridge states.
Project SEARCH, a one-year school-to-work internship program for individuals with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities aged 18-21, allows students to gain real-world work experience as they begin the transition from high school to competitive employment. Together, the City of Palm Bay, Brevard Public Schools, Bridges and Vocational Rehabilitation brought this innovative program to the City in 2011. The program, located at the city hall provides both classroom instruction and opportunities to work in various settings within Palm Bay.