Carlos Bonilla, B.S.

CIP Brevard Melbourne, Florida

Carlos Bonilla, B.S.

Carlos has worked with youth and young adults for over 30 years; he was first introduced to working with adolescents while he served in the Marine Corps and assisted with a program called Devil Pups. This experience not only sparked Carlo’s interest in working with young adults, it also provided him with the initial knowledge and skills to gain employment with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families Services.  During his tenure with Children and Family Services, Carlos assisted many families and clients with learning differences.

Carlos passion and excellence in assisting others was recognized in his various promotions throughout the years, whereas in his last 11 years in Connecticut he served in the capacity of the facility’s Director of Residential Care and received a letter of commendation from then-Governor Dannel Malloy for his service to Connecticut’s Children and Families.

After relocating to Florida in 2014, Carlos worked as the Program Coordinator for the Center for Independent Living, where he developed a pre-employment training curriculum for students aged 14-21 with IEP’s or 504 plans.  Finding an interest in employing young adults, Carlos transitioned to a Vocational Specialist and Manager of a Job Connection Center.

Carlos earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts. Today he continues with enthusiasm for helping young adults in their journey to independence through independent living and career skills building that will lead to the application of appropriate socially acceptable behaviors.

As the Career Coordinator at the CIP Brevard Center, Carlos is looking forward to working with Brevard’s team of professionals and complementing the excellent work currently being done in their respective departments. In addition to working with the CIP team and students, Carlos is also setting the goal to expand on the number of local employers that can provide internship opportunities that will further allow our students to build their career skills. When not working, Carlos enjoys bicycle riding, fishing, and playing music.

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