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Overview

Career Launch is the first step toward a promising career.

Our innovative job training, internship and career services program prepares blind or visually impaired high school or college graduates, ages 18 to 35, to land their first career-track job.

Participants leave as well-rounded problem solvers equipped to work in professional fields where exceptional customer engagement is key to business success — including sales and marketing, transaction management, recruiting, client services and more.

How can you help?

Our program relies on volunteers to help our trainees gain skills, experience and knowledge. The work is high-impact, engaging and varied. You can help us in lots of ways:

Become a simulation customer

Spend an hour or two on the phone with our trainees working them through customer simulations. We give you the scenarios, you hop on the phone. It’s easy, quick and fun. Do it once, or help us for multiple days — the choice is yours.

Talk about your career

Does your work involve interacting with customers, employees or recruits? We need speakers and panelists on different entry-level roles in customer engagement, such as sales, recruiting or customer support. We’d love to have you speak.

Consult with our participants

Do you have expertise in things like resume building, interview coaching, presentation training or dressing for success? We’re always looking for new voices to add to our chorus of in-house teachers. Pitch us an idea!

Spread the word

This is so crucial and so easy! As our program builds, we need to get the word out. Reach out, and we can help with suggestions on where and how you can help get our message out.

Volunteer Wayfair

“It was awesome to connect our work at Wayfair with the work at Perkins. We recruit for these roles and were able to support these participants in their career journey!”

Tamika W. Career Launch participant

“In our simulation work with volunteers, I have experienced a range of customers. These ‘customers’ have taught me how to strengthen my listening and empathetic skills. They have taught me how to think quickly with the purpose of serving the customer with the best possible solution and delivering the best possible customer success experience.”

Volunteer Hollister Staffing

“I am so glad to be a part of this educational training. They were all great, and I know once the Career Launch participants are employed at a company they will all be extraordinary!”

want to help?

We can’t wait to hear from you.

Get in touch and let’s build a plan together.

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