JONATHAN C. MARIN Program Manager, Career Discovery Project City Access New York Twitter: @The_BX_Pulse
Since 2008, Jonathan Marin has worked with the blind and visually impaired community. As a job coach for The Lighthouse Guild, he supervised blind and visually impaired youth at their work sites, providing assistance and mentorship. Soon after graduating college, he was hired by City Access New York in 2014 to manage their Career Discovery Project. As part of his role, he connected blind and visually impaired high school and college students with internships at cultural institutions throughout New York City. The goal of the project is to provide a real work experience for collegebound students. As interns, they are paid by City Access New York while the partnering institution benefits from the extra help. He hopes to expand the program beyond the state. Marin was born and raised in the Bronx, where he has the luxury of working from home while raising his daughter. What’s the best part of your job? Besides having access to cultural institutions in all five boroughs and introducing unique students to opportunities they may have never thought were possible, the best part of my job is watching individuals grow before my eyes. Most of them start working while in high school and continue all the way through college. Some go on to find work on their own. It’s very rewarding. What experience has most directly influenced the trajectory of your career? When I was a job coach, I was once assigned to a student whose duties included mopping floors and cleaning out garbage cans. But this student was very tech savvy and he didn’t let his visual impairment get in his way. I felt his talent was being wasted. When an opportunity to connect him with City Access New York presented itself, I took it. Now I make sure my student’s talents are developed and utilized. No more waste.