LANSING, MI–Peckham’s EMBERS program will receive the first Innovative Program Award from the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC). The award recognizes Peckham’s work in helping young female victims recover through a trauma-informed support group.

“The committee was extremely impressed with Peckham’s approach to healing for those affected by trafficking and sexual assault,” said Mary Ann Haley, NYEC Executive Director. “Peckham Embers sensory-based strategy for helping this population reconnect with their bodies is truly inspiring and noteworthy. The Innovative Program Award is a testament to the meaningful and groundbreaking work this organization is doing,” she said.

The award will be presented this April, during the 2023 NYEC Annual Forum in Indianapolis, IN.


The National Youth Employment Coalition improves the lives of the more than four million young people who are out of school and out of work. NYEC does this by improving the effectiveness of the organizations, and the systems, that serve these “opportunity youth.” NYEC collects, studies, and supports the implementation of best practices, all with a strong equity focus. NYEC builds the capacity of youth-serving organizations and advocates on issues related to opportunity youth.


Embers is a 12-week trauma-informed support program for female victims of sex crimes and human trafficking in the greater Lansing, MI region. Since 2017, the program has served nearly 100 young girls, ages 14 to 18.


Peckham is a nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization that provides paid job training opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. For 46 years, Peckham has provided jobs and job skills training to thousands of individuals with barriers through five different business lines throughout Michigan, with additional operations in Phoenix, Arizona and London, Kentucky.

Peckham, Inc., has been named a Great Place to Work for eight consecutive years. This national award-winning organization is recognized for its achievement in providing exceptional vocational rehabilitation, creating inclusive cultures, and building quality workplaces for employees.

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