Youth Transition Program

A group of Summer in the City participants stand outside The Chicago Water Tower

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

First Jobs Program
June 28 – July 1, 2021 (Virtual training week)
5 week paid internship to follow*

  • 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 5-week paid internship (20 hours/week) with the possibility for competitive employment with reputable companies

*As permitted by CDC guidelines for safety during COVID-19

View event page and register here.

 


Summer in the City (SitCity)
August 8 -13, 2021 (In-person)
A 5-night/6-day experience helping youth with vision impairments to build confidence, independence, and life-long friendships.

  • Students attend classes in technology, health and fitness, communication, and daily living skills
  • In-person session offers the opportunity to explore all the excitement Chicago has to offer, such as theatres, sports venues, restaurants, and boating*

*As permitted by CDC guidelines for safety during COVID-19

View event page and register here for Session I.

View event page and register here for Session II.

 


Photography for All (CPS Students only)
June 28 – July 1, 2021 (Virtual training)
6 week in-person and remote paid instruction to follow*
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 the Chicago Youth Service Corps, providing the opportunity to build relationships, leadership, and life-skills

*As permitted by CDC guidelines for safety during COVID-19

View event page and register here.


Saturday Seminars

Saturday Seminars provide a critical supplement to students’ high school learning. This series of monthly seminars is held at The Chicago Lighthouse North in Glenview. Each day-long program covers a topic of particular relevance to youth with vision impairment, such as guide dogs, cooking, money management, scholarships, skiing and more. Each class features a complimentary lunch as an opportunity to build social skills, practice table manners and create friendships. These seminars extend the Youth Transition Program beyond the summer.


For more information, please contact:

Shelle Hamer
Director of Youth Transition Programs
Cell Phone: (847) 508-0600
Email Shelle

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