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Divitto visits Life Skills Program

Collette Divitto, a 26-year-old entrepreneur born with Down syndrome, gave an inspirational and informative talk to the students in Everett’s Life Skills Program on Thursday, July 27.

Three years ago, after unsuccessfully trying to land a job in an office or a bakery, Divitto turned her passion for baking into a business, Collettey’s Cookies. The business is based in the North End. Her signature item is the “Amazing Cookie,” which is filled with semisweet chocolate chips and cinnamon sugar.

Divitto’s story has garnered a lot of local and national attention, and demand for her cookies has skyrocketed in recent months. To keep up, she has hired two people with disabilities to help produce and distribute her delicious cookies. In the future, Divitto plans to develop her own kitchen and distribution facility, with an eye toward replicating the model in different locations around the country.

Everett’s Life Skills Program is designed to create opportunities for students to gain vocational skills to be successful adults after they graduate from the program.

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