[NFBOK-Talk] BLIND, Inc. PREP Program

Jeannie Massay jmassay1 at cox.net
Mon Feb 5 20:20:57 UTC 2018

Blindness: Learning In New Dimensions (BLIND), Inc.

Post-secondary Readiness Empowerment Program (PREP) 2018

Learning+Recreation+Friends+Job=A Great Summer

Apply today to PREP 2018, a summer program for all blind/low vision high
school students!

When: June 16, 2018-August 11, 2018!

Where: BLIND, Inc.: 100 East 22nd St., Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55404.

Application Deadline: March 30, 2018.   What: This exciting 8-week summer
program is designed to prepare students to reach their personal, academic,
and professional goals as they transition to adulthood.  The PREP curriculum
empowers blind youth as they learn the alternative techniques of blindness
and develop the self-confidence needed to become successful adults!

Instruction: The core classes include Braille reading and writing,
independent cane travel, adaptive technology, career exploration, and home
management, which includes cooking, cleaning, personal care, and daily
living skills.  Students also participate in regularly-scheduled discussion
groups designed to build confidence and learn from blind peers and adults.
PREP students live with fellow students and adult counselors in modern
apartments with free wifi.  Counselors and instructors serve as successful
and positive role models.  Students shop for groceries, prepare meals, and
clean their apartments as part of their home and personal management
training, while using public transportation on a daily basis. They begin to
learn how to live independently while still in a supportive environment.
Students develop problem-solving skills needed to take care of themselves
and determine their own future!


Getting A Job: This program includes a three-week paid internship
experience.  Students will utilize the skills they have developed while
earning minimum wage, working approximately 20 hours per week in local
businesses and agencies.   


National Convention: In July, PREP 2018 students will enjoy the exciting
opportunity to accompanying BLIND, Inc., staff and adult students as we
travel to Orlando, Florida to attend the week-long National Federation of
the Blind convention.  During this convention, our PREP students will join
hundreds of other high school and college students from around the country
when attending the National Association of Blind Students meeting.  Students
will also attend other meetings and seminars, learn about new
ground-breaking technology, and get involved in social and recreational
activities.  This annual convention is packed full of great learning
opportunities and fun experiences.


Other Activities: Throughout the summer, the PREP students will also
participate in a variety of fun activities, including going to Wild Mountain
Water Park, camping, rock climbing, shopping at various malls, and much
more.  Don't worry; there will be plenty of time to hang out with old and
new friends!


Contact Michell Gip, Youth Services Coordinator, at 612-872-0100, Ext. 231,
or  <mailto:mgip at blindinc.org> mgip at blindinc.org for more information or an
application.  We can assist you to work with your local vocational
rehabilitation agency to attend the program.


Apply today to ensure your space in this program!  Applications are due
March 30, 2018. Applications received after this date will be on a first
come first serve basis. 




Michell Gip, MAT, NCUEB, NOMC

Youth Services Coordinator 

Blindness: Learning In New Dimensions (BLIND), Inc. 

100 East 22nd St. 

Minneapolis, MN. 55404 

Phone: 612-872-0100 ext. 231

mgip at blindinc.org <mailto:mgip at blindinc.org> 




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