With 15 years of results-driven experience on Wall Street, Sean Kemery currently serves as director and senior trader at Deutsche Bank in New York. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Outside of his professional obligations, Sean Kemery makes generous contributions to a variety of philanthropic causes, including Autism Speaks.
A charitable organization has created an urban farm in Chicago that provides agriculture training and employment to young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Using grant monies received from Autism Speaks and other organizations, Growing Solutions Farms, managed by the Julie and Michael Tracy Family Foundation (JMTF)/Urban Autism Solutions, turned a once-vacant piece of land on Chicago’s West Side into an acre-sized vocational and life training ground.
More than 30 young men and women from area schools and JMTF residents were hired as paid interns on the farm. Not only did the experience allow them to earn money, it also helped them to develop skills such as following a schedule, performing specific tasks, and asking for help when needed, which can assist in their transition to adulthood.
It also allowed them to conduct meaningful work by helping to produce more than 5,000 pounds of vegetables. Work on the farm has helped boost their self-confidence, which can support them as they navigate their lives.