Elevator Pitches

Dear (Member of Best Buddies Community),

I hope this email finds you well! I have had such a wonderful time with you in Best Buddies this year. My favorite part of serving as Membership Director was getting to know our incredible community, and I can’t wait to see everyone again in August.

From the conversations I had in Best Buddies, academic research, and community engagement, I learned that too often, people with IDD are overlooked as having the same plans and aspirations. Job coaching programs are often unengaging, and I have worked this past year to create a solution. 

The PPD Project is a Pipeline for Professionals to develop personal and professional skills through community-based passion projects. Our pipeline believes that individualized personal and professional growth allows our clients to reach their full potential of living unique and joyful lives. The coaching program strives to teach the skills that people with IDD need to pursue meaningful opportunities through passion projects, which is done through a four-step plan created with disability education specialists. 

I would love to set up a time to talk about the program with you. Please let me know your availability at your earliest convenience. 

Thank you so much!

Kind regards,

Kayla Rothstein

Dear (Students in Business),

I hope this email finds you well! My name is Kayla and I’m a sophomore BBA. For the past year and a half, I’ve worked with Zell Lurie Institute and OptiMize to develop the PPD Project – A Pipeline for Professionals with Disabilities. We are looking for social-impact business students to lead the program. Based on your involvement with XYZ, you would be a perfect fit. 

The PPD Project is a pipeline for professionals with disabilities to develop personal and professional skills through community-based passion projects. As people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and job-matching programs have shared, too often, people with IDD are overlooked as having the same plans and aspirations. Our pipeline believes that individualized personal and professional growth allows our clients to reach their full potential of living unique and joyful lives. The coaching program strives to teach the skills that people with IDD need to pursue meaningful opportunities through passion projects, facilitated by UM leaders – that’s where you come in!

We have a variety of roles open, from Project Manager to Marketing Director. I would love to set up a time to meet with you. Please click here to schedule a time at your earliest convenience. 

Thank you so much!

Kind regards,

Kayla Rothstein 

Dear (Students in Education),

I hope this email finds you well! My name is Kayla and I’m a sophomore BBA. For the past year and a half, I’ve worked with Zell Lurie Institute and OptiMize to develop the PPD Project – A Pipeline for Professionals with Disabilities. We are looking for education students to lead the program. Based on your involvement with XYZ, you would be a perfect fit. 

The PPD Project is a pipeline for professionals with disabilities to develop personal and professional skills through community-based passion projects. As people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and job-matching programs have shared, too often, people with IDD are overlooked as having the same plans and aspirations. Our pipeline believes that individualized personal and professional growth allows our clients to reach their full potential of living unique and joyful lives. The coaching program strives to teach the skills that people with IDD need to pursue meaningful opportunities through passion projects, facilitated by UM leaders – that’s where you come in!

We have a variety of roles open, from Curriculum Coordinator to Project Facilitator. I would love to set up a time to meet with you. Please click here to schedule a time at your earliest convenience. 

Thank you so much!

Kind regards,

Kayla Rothstein 

Dear (Students in CASC),

I hope this email finds you well! My name is Kayla and I’m a sophomore BBA. For the past year and a half, I’ve worked with Zell Lurie Institute and OptiMize to develop the PPD Project – A Pipeline for Professionals with Disabilities. We are looking for social-impact driven students to lead the program. Based on your involvement with XYZ, you would be a perfect fit. 

The PPD Project is a pipeline for professionals with disabilities to develop personal and professional skills through community-based passion projects. As people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and job-matching programs have shared, too often, people with IDD are overlooked as having the same plans and aspirations. Our pipeline believes that individualized personal and professional growth allows our clients to reach their full potential of living unique and joyful lives. The coaching program strives to teach the skills that people with IDD need to pursue meaningful opportunities through passion projects, facilitated by UM leaders – that’s where you come in!

We have a variety of roles open, from Director of Community Relations to Project Facilitator. I would love to set up a time to meet with you. Please click here to schedule a time at your earliest convenience. 

Thank you so much!

Kind regards,

Kayla Rothstein 

Dear Ann Arbor Community Foundation, 

I hope this email finds you well! My name is Kayla and I am a second-year BBA at the University of Michigan. For the past year and a half, I’ve worked with Zell Lurie Institute and OptiMize to develop the PPD Project – A Pipeline for Professionals with Disabilities. We are a community-based organization making an impact in the Ann Arbor community, and seeking sustainable funding through the Community Foundation. 

The PPD Project is a pipeline for professionals with disabilities to develop personal and professional skills through community-based passion projects. As people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and job-matching programs have shared, too often, people with IDD are overlooked as having the same plans and aspirations. Our pipeline believes that individualized personal and professional growth allows our clients to reach their full potential of living unique and joyful lives. The coaching program strives to teach the skills that people with IDD need to pursue meaningful opportunities through passion projects, which is done through a four-step plan created with disability specialists. 

I’ve attached a full and condensed business proposal. Thank you for your consideration to pitch in front of Ann Arbor Community Foundation’s Selection Committee.

Kind regards,

Kayla Rothstein

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