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Youth Programs

BISM Youth Services is gearing up for another fun and educational summer for blind and low vision high school and middle school students!  For high school students and recent graduates, we offer our Work to Independence residential summer program. For middle school students, grades 5-8, we offer our Independence 101 residential summer program. 

Work to Independence (June 20 – August 8, 2015)

The seven week residential summer program provides high school-aged students (with priority given to juniors, seniors and recent high school graduates) with the skills and confidence necessary to smoothly transition from high school to college, vocational training, or employment. 

 
Key components of Work To Independence include:
 
Independent Skills Development: Students receive blindness training in Braille, technology, travel, and independent living classes from blind instructors and mentors. To complement classes, students utilize all forms of transportation in the Baltimore metro area on a daily basis.  
 
Confidence Building Activities: Students participate in fun and challenging activities to equip them with the confidence to believe in themselves and their abilities. Activities may include rock climbing, sailing, and sports outings. Additionally, students are able to apply the knowledge they gain in classes by participating in several out-of-town trips. In the past, students traveled to Washington D.C. and New York City for day trips, and they spent a week in Orlando.   
 
Paid Work Experience: For the final three weeks of the program, students work 16-24 hours per week and receive a check upon graduation for hours worked.  They work in businesses and organizations in the surrounding community and receive minimum wage or greater. 

College Prep: For Work To Independence students interested in college, classes focus on topics such as accessible technology and books, financial resources, navigating a college campus, stress management, proper note-taking techniques, classroom conduct, and more. Students also learn how to advocate for themselves and get involved on their campus!
 
Residential Living: Work To Independence staff reside with students on a college campus in the Baltimore, MD area. Students are provided with the opportunity to live independently by assisting with daily household needs. 
 
To apply online for enrollment in the Work to Independence 2015 program, Click Here.
If necessary, you may print out the application form and mail back to BISM by Clicking Here.

Independence 101 (July 18 August 8, 2015)

The three week residential program provides a fun and educational experience for students, grades 5-8.  This program strikes the right balance between independence skills training and confidence building activities. Students will have an introduction to the blindness community through access to blind peers, mentors, and organizations. 
 
Key Components of Independence 101 include:
 
Independent Skills Development: Students are instructed on a daily basis in Braille, technology, travel, and independent living classes. The Independence 101 instructors are blind and have experience in each skill set.  
 
Confidence Building Activities: Activities may include rock climbing, sailing, and sports outings. Additionally, students are able to apply the knowledge they gained in classes by participating in out-of-town trips. In the past, Independence 101 students traveled to Washington D.C. and New York City.     
 
Residential Living: Staff reside with students on a college campus in the Baltimore, MD area. Students are provided with the opportunity to live independently by assisting with daily household needs. 
 
To apply online for enrollment in the Independence 101 program, Click Here.
If necessary, you may print out the application form and mail back to BISM by Clicking Here.

2015 Summer Staff

Interested in instructing and mentoring Work to Independence or Independence 101 students?  Download the application by Clicking Here.  
All applications must be emailed along with a current resume.  Phone interviews are projected to take place in March and April. 

2015 Youth Services Brochure

Download the 2015 Youth summer program brochure!
For a text-only version, click here
For the PDF version, click here
 

 
Contact Youth Services Coordinators Sarah Baebler at 410-737-2642 / sbaebler@bism.org or Melissa Lomax at 410-737-2642 / mlomax@bism.org for more information. 
 
BISM Youth Programs
3345 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD  21227

410-737-2642
www.bism.org/youth