LightHouse YES: a New Youth Employment Series through May 2016

LightHouse YES is a new series of day long workshops designed to help low vision or blind transition-aged students prepare to become successfully employed.

This informative new series will provide youth with vital skills and practices that will help them become more successful in higher education and their chosen career path.

Next Workshop: Assessing Ones Talents and Accommodation Requirements
Saturday, February 20, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters
During this workshop, students will learn how to assess their skills and needs in order to get the most appropriate accommodations for school, work and beyond.  A more in-depth description of February’s workshop will be available shortly.

Launched in January, Our first segment of our new LightHouse Youth Employment Series consisted of an in-depth discussion about career exploration. Students learned about all sorts of careers from successful low vision and blind individuals in a wide variety of fields. At the end of this workshop, students gained techniques and methods they can use to research career paths so that they can attempt to find the best job suited to them.

If you would like more information or to register for the workshop please contact Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator, at 415-694-7372 or by email at

Save the Dates for Future Youth Employment Series Workshops
Through a variety of speakers and collaborative activities led by successful blind or low vision professionals, students will gain invaluable wisdom that can help them grow and shape themselves into competent blind adults.

Held at LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters
9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the following Saturdays: January 30, February 20, March 26, April 30 and May 21

These workshops will teach students to:

  • Effectively navigate through any system to ensure you receive necessary accommodations.
  • Learn about accommodations available to college students and those entering the workforce.
  • Acquire access technology skills which can be applied to real world situations, and test how effective these technologies might be for yourself.
  • Acquire and use blindness skills that will enrich your life and help you achieve your goals, be more confident and learn how to advocate for your needs.
  • How to transition smoothly into college from high school or from college to a career.
  • Develop Effective cover letters and resumes.
  • Practice networking, participate in mock interviews, and understand how to make a strong and positive first impression.
  • Learn how to develop, enhance and utilize your network and your relationship with peers and mentors.

Who is eligible?
Low Vision and Blind youth and transition-aged students.

Is there a cost?
There is no cost to attend one of the LightHouse Youth Employment Series workshops if a student obtains prior DOR authorization, otherwise it is $150. In addition to the day’s activities and curriculum, students will receive a light breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. DOR authorizations or alternate payment source must be secured before students will be eligible to participate.

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