Friends and family of 17-year-old Micah Kinne gathered on Saturday, February 28, at 10:30 a.m. at The Perfect Blend coffee shop, located at 14 West Main Street in Cuba, NY. Micah has been participating in a Job Coach internship at The Perfect Blend since January. Micah shared his experiences with his family and friends, and they wanted to show their support by going to visit.
Micah’s Job Coach Classroom is located at Elm Street in Cuba. Micah resides in the Allegany-Limestone Central School District. This year, he attends Leanora Tolsma classroom with Job Coach support. Job Coaches serve youths, aged 14-21, from throughout the C-A BOCES service area in several locations.
Shown left to right are: Eber Kinne (Micah’s father), Jennifer Kinne (Micah’s mom), Micah Kinne (Job Coach Student), (Leanora Tolsma (Job Coach Classroom Teacher), and Tammy Rauber (Job Coach).
According to Micah’s Job Coach Tammy Rauber, “Micah's participation in the Job Coach program, has given him the opportunity to gain confidence, while learning job skills. Micah now fills napkin holders, washes dishes, shovels the sidewalk, and buses tables.”
She added, “I would really like to thank the owners of The Perfect Blend, Anne Anne McMumski and Mary Beth Tyler, for opening their business to Micah and giving him a chance to experience a wonderful work environment. Aside from the job skills he has acquired, his internship has also given him an important sense that -- if he works hard -- he truly has something to contribute to any business.”
Information courtesy of CA Boces.