SEARCHing for Opportunity

Contributed photo / The Project SEARCH class of 2019 displays certificates of completion.
photo Contributed photo / From left, D'Angelo McReynolds, Wendy Evett, Manases Gonzalez and L'Mya Muhammad.

From recognition as one of seven Tennessee companies committed to LGBTQ inclusion to supporting two of Hamilton County's 28 Future Ready Institutes, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee consistently marries beneficial business practices with supporting people in our community.

As a college student, I experienced this firsthand as an intern with the company's corporate communications team, gleaning experience in internal communications, social media planning and more – building skills and relationships I still draw on years later.

In one more example, BlueCross has embraced Project SEARCH, a national program empowering young people with disabilities by helping them build skills for integrated employment. BlueCross is the only local participating employer, and they're making an impact alongside 17 organizations across the state.