Staff recognition

People dancing and smiling. Staff from YAI’s Queens region hold a dance-off at last year’s DSP recognition event.
Tue, September 10, 2019
On September 9, residences and programs across the YAI Network celebrated the start of Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week. Starting this week and running through October, each YAI region will host events to celebrate their DSPs with a day of food, music, and fun. DSPs will also be given awards for longevity and service, as chosen by their peers.
Ja-mel standing at a podium accepting an award from ICD
Mon, April 29, 2019
Last Thursday, Ja-Mel Johnson, a YAI Human Resources Generalist, accepted an award from the Institute for Career Development (ICD) recognizing YAI as its Employer Partner of the Year.
Janet Channer
Mon, February 04, 2019
Many good things came to the world in 1994: Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa, The Beastie Boys were on fire with the release of “Sabotage,” The Lion King and Forest Gump were giants in the box office, the Sony PlayStation was born, and a wonderful woman named Janet Channer left her career in banking to begin working with people with disabilities at YAI’s Foothill Residence in Queens.
Justine Ortiz
Mon, September 10, 2018
Justine Ortiz has been a dedicated employee at YAI for five years. During this time, she has shown tremendous growth, professionally and personally. She started her employment as a DSP in a Day Hab program in Manhattan. A fierce advocate, Justine is always looking out for the people she supports and loves the community inclusion aspect of her job. She is constantly on the go, securing volunteer sites in the community for not only her group but others as well. Justine moved to a smaller Day Hab...
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