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Empowerment through Employment


How has this idea enhanced your club's operation, etc.?

Wycliffe Golf and Country Club's partnership with Palm Beach School of Autism’s Project Next stands as a beacon of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our club's operation. This initiative seamlessly integrates with our ethos, fostering an inclusive workplace that values the unique contributions of each individual. By embracing this program, we have successfully onboarded individuals with autism, such as Zach, who have enriched our club with their skills and dedication.

This collaboration has brought about tangible enhancements across various departments, including golf, culinary, and service. For example, tasks like setting tables, polishing silver, and washing range balls are now performed with greater precision and care, thanks to the meticulous work ethic of our new team members. Moreover, their presence has positively influenced our work culture, introducing a spirited and inspiring atmosphere that elevates the morale of the entire staff. Beyond operational efficiency, Project Next has also played a pivotal role in strengthening our community bonds. The program's success is celebrated through events like the inaugural appreciation lunch, which not only acknowledges the hard work of the participants but also fosters a sense of unity and appreciation among members, staff, and the families involved. This initiative has, therefore, transcended its immediate objectives to become a source of pride and communal engagement for Wycliffe Golf and Country Club.

How was this idea implemented, and what have been the club members' reactions?

The implementation of Project Next at Wycliffe Golf and Country Club involved a collaborative approach, engaging key stakeholders from the onset. The process was spearheaded by dedicated individuals such as Christine Bostley, Daniel Low, and Melanie Del Portillo, who worked tirelessly to ensure the program's alignment with the club's values and operational needs. Our partnership with the Palm Beach School of Autism and Work Opportunities was crucial in identifying and training suitable candidates like Zach and Teagan, who were then seamlessly integrated into our team.

Throughout their tenure, these individuals received ongoing support and guidance, allowing them to develop and excel in their respective roles. The club's Management and staff embraced these new team members, providing an environment conducive to learning and growth. The reaction of our club members has been overwhelmingly positive. Many members have expressed admiration for the initiative, recognizing the value it adds not only to the club's operations but also to its social fabric. The appreciation lunch held in June 2023 was a testament to this sentiment, with many members actively contributing to its success. This event provided an opportunity for members to interact with the participants and their families, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the program.

Overall, Project Next has been met with enthusiasm and support from all quarters of the Wycliffe Golf and Country Club community, cementing its role as a vital component of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Jessica Gonzalez

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