Youth Transition Program

Five young men in our First Jobs program stand together

About

The Youth Transition Program is designed to help teens who are blind or visually impaired successfully develop into independent, confident and capable young adults. Programming incorporates individual and group activities that address personal, vocational, social and educational aspects of the transition process. Whenever possible, participants will have the opportunity to meet blind or visually impaired adults who have developed successful careers in a variety of professions. See our schedule of upcoming seminars, which includes the following sessions:


Apply

Apply online for the Youth Transition Program. If you are a first time applicant, please complete the following new participant application:

If you are a returning applicant, please complete the abbreviated returning participant application:


First Jobs Program
Training Week: June 19-23, 2017 (subject to change)

This unique vocational program combines classroom learning, on-site orientation and paid work experience for students who are blind or visually impaired ages 15-24. For the first week, students attend morning classes on resume writing, career planning, disability disclosure, nonverbal communication skills, self-advocacy, conflict resolution and mock interviewing. Students spend afternoons orienting to and exploring job sites. For the next eight weeks, students work at their designated sites for 20 hours each week as paid intern employees, with the possibility for competitive employment.

Enrollment for our 2017 session is now open. Deadline for registration is April 18, 2017. In addition to completing the First Jobs Program general application, please complete the pre-assessment form for this particular program:

 

 


Summer in the City (SitCity)
July 9-15, 2017

This residential program, held in Chicago, offers a six-night explorative experience. Students attend daily classes in technology, mobility, communication and daily living skills. In the afternoons and evenings, students explore all the excitement that Chicago has to offer including theater, boating, sports venues, restaurants and more.

Enrollment for our 2017 session is now open. Deadline for registration is April 18, 2017. In addition to completing the First Jobs Program general application, please complete the pre-assessment form for this particular program:

 

 


For more information, please contact:

Shelle Hamer
Manager, Youth Transition Program
(847) 510-2055
Email Shelle