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The CNIB Learning Academy invites Canadian youth experiencing sight loss to join us for vital virtual and/or fun in-person summer programs! Take part in workshops and challenges that will help develop your pre-employment, leadership, independence, and social skills.

All opportunities are based on grade level categories so please read program descriptions carefully.

Curent Programs:

CNIB National Learning Academy and Come to Work Present: Youth Job Club!
SCORE (Skills, Confidence & Opportunities through Recreation & Education) Scholars Program

 

CNIB National Learning Academy and Come to Work Present: Youth Job Club!

Dates:  Every Saturday from January 22  to June 17, 2022

Calling all CNIB Youth! Carpe Diem. Seize the day. It’s time to get that job! CNIB Learning Academy and Come to Work invite you to join us for our new monthly Youth Job Club.

There is no time like the present to begin your work experiences! Having a part-time or summer job will put some money in your pocket in the short term, but more importantly, it will provide you with valuable soft skills that employers are looking for when you graduate. Education is fundamental to building a career, but things like teamwork, good communication skills and a strong work ethic can only be built, tested, and refined with employment.

We are currently seeking enthusiastic and motivated youth ages 15-21 who wish to actively apply for after school, weekend, or summer jobs.

Program sessions take place on Saturdays from January 22 to June 17, 2022 from 1 to 2 p.m. EST and require regular commitment. There will be homework assignments and the opportunity for one-to-one facilitator consultation.

This intensive ongoing program with multi-department facilitation will assist motivated youth in developing reachable goals, and actualizing targets toward securing paid work. 

Application Requirements

  • Complete the CNIB Youth Job Club application form, and answer questions about yourself, your interests, and goals.
  • If you have a resume, please include it with your application. 

As space is limited, please apply now!

Download the CNIB Youth Job Club  2022 application

Submit the application by Friday, January 21, 2022 to:

Walter Dickinson
Program Coordinator, Child, and Youth
CNIB
T: 647-400-0439
E: Walter.Dickinson@cnib.ca

 

SCORE (Skills, Confidence & Opportunities through Recreation & Education) Scholars Program

Dates: July 17 – 30, 2022

Put down the textbooks and join CNIB this summer for an all-expenses-paid opportunity! Be part of a transformational experience that will support you in your academic and job-seeking goals. Discover and explore your potential through educational and empowering activities while connecting with like-minded peers. Travel to Toronto and CNIB Lake Joe!

Originally the SCORE (Skills, Confidence & Opportunities through Recreation & Education) Program, and now part of Learning Academy as SCORE Scholars, this is a two-week in-person program offered July17-30, 2022 with a virtual orientation the week of July 11. 

Week 1: You'll travel to Toronto and take part in challenging programs that will help you develop pre-employment, leadership, independence, and social skills. We'll explore the city by visiting restaurants and local attractions. Accommodations and daily programming will be held at the Seneca College campus near Yonge and Finch.

Week 2: Enjoy a blend of recreation and learning in a safe, inclusive environment on the shores of CNIB Lake Joe. You'll have the chance to take part in group activities including swimming, rock-wall climbing, tandem biking, water tubing, and build your leadership skills.

Recorded in 2019, this short documentary asks SCORE participants: what makes SCORE such a unique experience?

Apply now to the CNIB Learning Academy SCORE Scholars program to secure an admissions interview! 

Eligibility

To be considered for the CNIB Learning Academy SCORE Scholars program, applicants must: 

  • Be a Canadian student (or recent graduate) in grades 10-12, or first year of post-secondary.
  • Have strong orientation & mobility skills and independent living skills.
  • Be interested in experiential learning activities and developing leadership skills.
  • Be determined to work on personal independence and problem-solving skills.
  • Have a demonstrated interest in putting personal strengths to use for the betterment of peers, family, and community.
  • Be committed to participating in all program activities. 

Application Requirements

  • Complete the SCORE Scholars program application form, and answer questions about yourself, your interests, and goals.
  • A letter of recommendation from an endorser. This should be someone who knows you well, like a CNIB staff member, teacher, workplace/volunteer supervisor or youth group leader. 
  • A 750-word essay introducing yourself and discussing how you’ll benefit from attending the SCORE Scholars Program.
  • If you have a resume, please include it with your application. 

As space is limited, please apply early! Explore and learn more about yourself, your interests and goals.

Download the CNIB Learning Academy SCORE Scholars Program 2022 application 

Submit the application by Thursday, April 14, 2022 to:

Rhonda Underhill-Gray 
Lead, CNIB National SCORE Program 
CNIB
T: 647-535-8962  
E: Rhonda.Underhill-Gray@cnib.ca