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Youth Programs

At LightHouse, we know that blind kids and young adults can accomplish all the same tasks as their sighted peers. Getting through school, having a social life and finding a good job are all attainable goals, especially with enrollment in LightHouse’s Youth Programs.

Our dynamic Youth Programs offer enjoyable and practical experiences, positive role modeling and foster creativity, self-esteem and ambition in your blind or low vision students.

The LightHouse offers three youth tracks – YES, BEST and QUEST – as well as regular outings and adventures to new places and meetings with accomplished role models and mentors. Overnight programs typically take place at our headquarters in downtown San Francisco or at our 311-acre camp in Napa. Youth field trips also include conferences, advocacy events and nature excursions led by qualified staff and mentors.

Youth Tracks 

YES: Youth Employment Series

High school and post-secondary

Upcoming Sessions: 

Say YES to Building Skills for Employment Success

October 20 – 22, 2017

Say YES to A Weekend of Empowerment

November 2 – 5, 2017

A day-long monthly workshop for youth and young adults who are enthusiastic about landing their dream job or learning career skills. Each Saturday YES workshop focuses on a specific theme and offers an array of vocational, transitional and enrichment curricula empowering students to strive toward future employment, post-secondary educational success and full independence. The YES Program provides direct access to successful blind and low vision mentors and incorporates structured lessons in self-advocacy, adaptive technology, career exploration and daily living. YES also provides a residential weekend option to help students improve their daily living skills and have a more immersive learning experience. 

Ask about our two-week residential YES Summer Academy, typically held at the end of June and early July.

Applications open January of each year!

Apply for YES Summer Academy

BEST: Building Excellence through Skills Training

Middle school and high school

Our newest day-long monthly youth program, BEST stacks up a fun, jam-packed Saturday of classes to help teens and young adults build confidence and meet lifelong friends. The daylong program may include any of the following: cooking, science, technology, creative performance, art projects, orientation and mobility and self-determination skills.

QUEST: Quarterly Elementary Student Trainings

Early childhood and elementary school

A fun and nurturing introduction to blindness and low vision skills through hands-on learning and recreational activities. QUEST is an individualized program offering families with blind and low vision children an array of resources including braille crafts, games and art projects, as well as basic and vital independent living skills. Children benefit from peer learning and mentoring from blind adults. In addition to programming at our new LightHouse headquarters, QUESTers enjoy field trips and other outings.

Youth Adventures

For all ages

Throughout the year, the LightHouse Youth Program hosts monthly recreational outings for students of all ages and their families. Students who partake in these outings have gone overnight camping, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, ice skating and spent plenty of nights bonding around a campfire.

For a schedule of upcoming events, visit lighthouse-sf.org/calendar.

Get Regular Updates

For more information about the youth program or to sign up for our monthly LightHouse Youth Events List, please reach out to a member of the Youth Services team by email at youth@lighthouse-sf.org. If you wish to speak with one of our Youth Services Coordinators over the phone please call 415-431-1481.