Summer Academy Mentor


POSITION:          Summer Academy Mentor

STATUS:              NON-EXEMPT

Compensation:     Stipend and Lodging


The YES 2019 Summer Academy is a 4-week long immersive experience for blind and low vision transition-age youth between the ages of 16-26 to gain first-hand knowledge to build their confidence, identify their strengths and develop a sense of direction through interactive work-based learning experiences.

As a member of the LightHouse Youth Services team, the Summer Academy Mentor will play a critical role in implementation of activities which meet the five (5) of the Pre-employment transition services including

1-    Job exploration counseling

2-    Work-based learning experiences

3-    Counseling on opportunities for exploration and enrollment in comprehensive transition or post-secondary educational program

4-    Workplace readiness training to develop soft and independent living skills

5-    Critical instruction in self-advocacy refinement

The Summer Academy Mentor must be youth-focused, flexible, and in possession of strong interpersonal, leadership and communication skills to relate to a diverse array of participants and collaborators.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • High School graduate or equivalent
  • Previous work in a school, community service, or camp setting is preferred
  • Must be willing to live on program premises
  • Able to carry or transport 20 lbs.
  • Ability to enforce safety and emergency procedures
  • Ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity
  • Must be willing and able to assist participants in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness or injury)
  • Experience working with individuals who are blind/low vision preferred
  • Some college education preferred
  • Current First Aid and CPR certifications preferred


Assist in the direction, supervision and organization of students in their residential units, within activities and throughout the YES Summer Academy and training dates (June 21-July 22) in order to meet the intended program outcomes

  • Apply basic youth and blindness development principles in working with students through communication, soft skills development, respect for diversity and empowerment of youth
  • Be flexible and able to work regular evening and weekend shifts
  • Assure students are properly supervised at all times during both on-site and off-site programming activities
  • Participate enthusiastically in the development and implementation of program activities for students within the mission and learning outcomes of the Summer Academy
  • Responsible for leading and assisting with the teaching of activities including but not limited to three (3) primary areas (travel and mobility, independent living skills and home management and professionalism and assistive technology) as part of employment readiness
  • Be a positive role model to students and others in regard to general program procedures and practices including sanitation, schedule, attitudes, behaviors, and team-work
  • Provide support with program logistics including but not limited to travel, meal arrangements, scheduling, etc.
  • Contribute to verbal and written student evaluations and communication as requested
  • Participate as a member of the staff team to draft, deliver, and supervise evening programs, special events, overnights, and other activities and functions as assigned
  • Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings so as to be prepared during programming sessions
  • Be alert to students and staff needs and assist them with personal and/or health concerns, and discuss with supervisor when appropriate
  • Be alert to equipment and facilities to ensure utilization, proper care, and maintenance is adhered to; report repairs needed promptly to program director
  • Be aware of, follow, and adhere to all safety and security rules and procedures
  • Other Duties: Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is an equal opportunity employer to all. Qualified applicants are considered regardless of age, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion, military veteran status, political affiliation, height, weight or any other factor unrelated to the job.

We strive to maintain a scent-free environment and a drug-free workplace free of harassment, in accordance with California law. Employees are expected to behave in accordance with these objectives.

All LightHouse employees are hired for an indefinite and unspecified duration and consequently, no employee is guaranteed employment for a specified length of time.  Employment is at the mutual consent of the employee and LightHouse. Accordingly, either the employee or LightHouse can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause (“employment at will”).


Please submit your cover letter and résumé as Word attachments (no PDFs please) to Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, Transition Program Specialist, by email at, using the job title as your subject line. Due to time constraints we apologize for being unable to acknowledge all interested applicants. Thank you for your interest in the Youth Employment Series (YES) Summer Academy Mentor position.