ILRC SELECTED FOR STATEWIDE MENTORING PROGRAM BY NATIONAL ORGANIZATION

"CORE" will fill in the gap between graduation and employment for sign language interpreters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, March 26th, 2019

Contact: Stephanie Monroe, The ILRC - (904) 399-8484

Jacksonville, FL - The Independent Living Resource Center has been selected as Florida's host site for "CORE", a national sign language mentoring program. Florida will be the third State to provide this program, joining Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado.

"The ILRC has hosted its own successful mentorship program for two years. Our partnership with CORE will grow the program and provide more opportunities for our interpreters," said Stephanie Monroe, Manager for the ILRC's Sign Language Interpreting Program.

CORE Interpreters was founded in 2017 with the goal of filling the gap between new interpreters completing degree requirements and entering into the profession.

"As the Founder of CORE Interpreters, I am thrilled to announce our partnership with The ILRC in Jacksonville, Florida," said Caitlin Ramsey Wolford. "My goal in establishing CORE was to provide support to other interpreters in the field. The ILRC and CORE both want to foster a supportive network for new working interpreters, in order to develop qualified sign language interpreters. I am excited to see how this partnership will push the sign language interpreting field forward."

Mentor and mentee recruitment has begun for cycle one of the program. Interested candidates can apply by visiting coreinterpreters.com and selecting "Jacksonville, Florida" as their preferred location.

ABOUT THE INDEPENDENT LIVING RESOURCE CENTER

ILRC is Jacksonville’s Center for Independent Living, which has served the Northeast Florida disability community since 1978. ILRC empowers all individuals with a disability to live independent, self-empowered lives. To learn more about ILRC, please visit JaxDisability.org.

ABOUT CORE INTERPRETERS

In 2017, CORE Interpreters was founded in Washington, D.C., with the goal of “filling the gap” between new interpreters’ completion of degree requirements and their entrance into the profession as full-time interpreters. Recognizing the lack of resources for novice interpreters, as well as the value of mentorships in a “practicing profession”, the CORE program is designed to foster the next generation of interpreters. The program provides a semi-structured setting where experienced interpreters support the growth of novice working interpreters through one-on-one mentoring, pro bono interpreting experiences, and workshops. Through a tiered organization structure, CORE aims to facilitate the growth of novice interpreters (mentees), experienced interpreters (mentors), seasoned interpreters (coaches), and the ASL interpreting community as a whole.

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A group of individuals smile for a picture. Four people spell out "CORE" using sign language.

[Image Description] A group of individuals smile for a picture. Four people spell out "CORE" using sign language.

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