American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
Future Reflections
       Winter 2017       ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Each of the training centers sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind—BLIND, Inc.—(Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions), the Colorado Center for the Blind (CCB), and the Louisiana Center for the Blind (LCB)—conducts summer programs for blind children and youth. Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM) also operates summer programs based on the NFB model. Children and teens who attend these programs enhance their Braille, technology, and mobility skills; learn to shop, cook, and clean; and have fun swimming, camping, and visiting malls and water parks, all under the supervision of blind counselors who "walk the walk." Teens learn skills they will need for college and career. Students in some programs gain experience with paid employment, working part-time in local businesses and agencies. In most cases applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis, so get your child's application in as soon as possible! Here is some basic information about these exciting summer opportunities.

100 E. 22nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Contact: Jennifer Wenzel, (800) 597-9558
[email protected]

Buddy Program
Open to children ages 9-13
Dates: June 10-July 1, 2017

Postsecondary Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP)
Open to students grades 9-12
Dates: June 11-August 5, 2017

Summer Transition Youth Learning Experience (STYLE)
Open to high school students age 14-21
Dates: July 17-August 4, 2017

Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 W. Shepperd Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120
Contact: Brent C. Batron, (303) 778-1130, Extension 222
[email protected]

Confidence Camp for Kids (nonresidential program)
Open to children ages 5-11
June 5-23, 2017

Initiation to Independence Middle School Program
Open to children ages 11-14
Dates: June 12-30, 2017

Earn and Learn High School Program
Open to students ages 14 and older (must have completed ninth grade)
Dates: June 9-August 4, 2017

Summer for Success College Prep Program
Open to students who have completed their junior year in high school with focus on college
Dates: June 9-August 4, 2017

Louisiana Center for the Blind
101 S. Trenton St.
Ruston, LA 71270
Contact: Eric Guillory, (800) 234-4166
[email protected]

Buddy Program 2017: Putting the Pieces Together
Open to children in grades 4-8
Dates: July 23-August 12, 2017

Summer Training and Employment Project (STEP)
Open to students in grades 9-12
Dates: June 18-August 12, 2017

Blind Industries and Services of Maryland
3345 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21227
Contact: Melissa Lomax, (410) 734-2642
[email protected]

Independence 101
Open to children grades 5-8
Dates: July 21-August 5, 2017

Work to Independence
Open to students grades 9-12
Dates: June 17-August 5, 2017
Application Deadline: April 29, 2017

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