George Wurtzel shows two male students the difference between Phillips-head and slotted head screwdrivers.
George Wurtzel shows two male students the difference between Phillips-head and slotted head screwdrivers.

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.

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Youth Tracks 

YES: Youth Employment Series

High school and post-secondary

YES workshops are monthly weekend-long learning experiences for youth and young adults who are enthusiastic about realizing their dream careers, emphasizing the vocational enrichment of low vision and blind youth, providing access to a multifaceted array of mentorship, employment readiness skills, and alternative accessible techniques. Each YES workshop focuses on a specific theme and offers an array of self-advocacy, assistive technology, living skills, and soft skills curricula empowering students to strive toward future employment or post-secondary educational success. The weekend is spent learning from blind and low vision mentors, connecting with blind and visually impaired peers, and engaging in creative hands-on activities which further support youth to explore and achieve their individualized and professional goals.

YES Summer Academy

Applications for YES Academy 2020 are now open!
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Youth Employment Series (YES) is excited to announce the 2020 Summer Academy for working age blind and low vision youth. Students will have access to an unforgettable summer filled with interactive learning opportunities as they participate in work-based learning experiences. They’ll meet life-long friends, mentors and supportive LightHouse staff. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining us for an unforgettable summer,

Learn more and apply for the summer 2020 YES 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

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 If you wish to speak with one of our Youth Services Coordinators over the phone please call 415-431-1481.