Photo: YES Academy students raise their arms in happy unison while seated in a MUNI F-Line heritage streetcar.
Beginning in September, the LightHouse Youth Program begins its new academic year with our YES Saturday Workshop Series for transition aged students ages 14 to 26 who are blind or have low vision. Students must be eligible for transitional rehabilitation services, deemed legally blind by a physician or accredited agency, and able to fulfill the training and work required by the program.
Participants in the YES Workshop Series will benefit from vocational and blindness skills training, meaningful work and volunteer opportunities, as well as career-specific mentorships with the working blind. Our goal is to help students become ready to attend institutes of higher education or move towards successfully employed. We’ll offer presentations by keynote speakers and collaborative skill-focused activities led by successful blind professionals. Students will gain invaluable wisdom that can help them grow and shape themselves into competent blind adults.
September YES Workshop: Making Lasting Impressions
When: Saturday, September 10, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: the new LightHouse Building, 1155 Market St., 10th Floor, San Francisco, 94103
Our September YES workshop will focus on teaching students how to make positive lasting impressions. Students will discuss in detail with experienced blind and low vision working mentors the best ways to become proficient at making positive first impressions and how to confidently interact with the public’s perception of blindness.
Through fun and interactive hands-on activities, students will get the chance to learn what type of body language and attire will be appropriate for the real world situations they will likely encounter as they pursue their education and their career.
Additional Scheduled Workshops for Fall
Making Advocacy Awesome!
Saturday, October 8, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Making Work Exciting
Saturday, November 12, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Is There a Cost to Attend the YES Workshops?
The cost to attend one of the LightHouse Youth Employment Series workshops is $175 per day-long workshop. In addition to the day’s activities and curriculum, students will receive a light breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Department of Rehabilitation authorizations or other payment source must be secured before students will be eligible to participate.
If you have any questions or wish to apply, please contact Youth Services Coordinator Richie Flores at email@example.com or 415-694-7328.
What is the LightHouse YES: Youth Employment Series?
LightHouse YES: Youth Employment Series is a practical and educational series of monthly workshops providing transition-aged youth who are blind or have low vision vital skills and practices that will help them become more successful in higher education and their chosen career path.
Topics to be discussed during these workshops include but are not limited to:
- Work-based learning experiences, such as in-school or after school work experience, and internships.
- Guidance toward opportunities for enrollment in a comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational program at an institution of higher education.
- School-based preparatory employment experiences such as role playing, social skills development and independent living training, coordinated with any transition services provided by the school.
- Instruction in self-advocacy, individual rights, self-determination skills and the informed consent process, as well as peer mentoring.
- Accommodations available to college students and those entering the workforce.
- Acquiring access technology skills which can be applied to real world situations.
- Acquiring and using blindness skills that will enrich life and help students achieve their goals, be more confident and learn how to advocate their needs.
- How to smoothly navigate through any system as a student transitioning into college from high school or from college to a career.
- Developing effective cover letters, resumes and interview skills.
- Learning strategies that will help students make strong and positive first impressions.
- Learning how to develop, enhance and utilize one’s network and relationships with peers and mentors.
- Job exploration counseling.