Youth Transition Program

SITC Participants crossing a downtown Chicago street with the skyline in the background

About

At The Chicago Lighthouse, we create a nurturing environment that supports people who are blind and vision impaired in all areas of life. Our Youth Transition Program provide teens and young adults (ages 15 – 24) with the tools they need for independence. We host a variety of experiences designed for youth who intend to live independently, seek competitive employment, and/or attend a vocational training program or college upon graduation from high school. We’ll work with each participant to address his or her individual needs and challenges.

 


Sailing Program

June 12 – August 14, 2024

A NEW opportunity for youth with vision impairments to build independence while learning the art of sailing on the waters of Lake Michigan.

  • Younger participants (ages 10—14) will learn alongside peers from Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, fostering connections across disabilities. Half-day mornings, 9 a.m.—12 p.m.
  • Older participants (ages 15—23) will learn alongside other blind/visually impaired peers. Half-day afternoons, 1 p.m.—4 pm.
  • Participants will come to The Chicago Lighthouse at 8 a.m. (ages 10—14) and 11:30 a.m. (ages 15—23) before heading to The Chicago Yacht Club. Pickup will be at The Lighthouse at 1 p.m. (10—14) and 5:30 p.m. (15-23).

Members of the Sailing Program pose for a photo on a sail boat

 


First Jobs Program

June 17 – August 9, 2024
8 week paid internship

  • Combines virtual learning, on-site orientation and paid work experience
  • Participants will learn about topics including resume writing, interview skills, career planning, disability disclosure, nonverbal communication skills, self-advocacy and conflict resolutions
  • Following training, students will complete a 6-week paid internship (25 hours/week) with the possibility for competitive employment with reputable companies

 

 


Photography for All (Chicago Residents only)

June 17 – August 2, 2024
7 week in-person and remote paid instruction

An opportunity for youth with vision impairments to explore their creative passions while gaining vocational skills

  • Participants will travel throughout Chicago to take photographs with iPads (provided)
  • Apple engineers will provide in-depth training on using iPad accessibility features
  • Virtual training session covers topics including resume writing, career planning, disability disclosure, nonverbal communication skills, self-advocacy, conflict resolution, and interview skills
  • Youth will also participate in One Summer Chicago, providing the opportunity to build relationships, leadership, and life skills

 

 


Summer in the City (SitCity)

Summer in the City is BACK!
July 28-August 2, 2024

 


Career Fair for Students who are Blind or Low Vision

Fall 2024 (check back for dates)

Calling All Students who are Blind or Low Vision!

A unique opportunity to interact with business leaders, successful adults who are blind or low vision and recent college grads who are blind or low vision to assist in your exploration of career possibilities and networking.

 


ABSF Ski Trip

Sunday, January 21st, 2024

Let the American Blind Skiing Foundation take you on an experience like no other, as qualified instructors coach participants to downhill ski! Open to all experience levels of skiiers who are blind/vision impaired, the ABSF aims to provide skiiers with “both physical and psychological therapeutic value.”
Lift tickets, skis, boots, and helmet rentals will be provided FREE of charge.

 


For more information, please contact:

Fay Zeigler
(312) 666-1331 ext. 3203
fay.zeigler@chicagolighthouse.org

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