Age 16 or older: Teenagers who are visually impaired often have fewer opportunities for employment during the summer. Employment experience combined with a shared apartment life helps students be more successful in college, in future jobs, in managing dorm life, and in independent living.
The Outreach Summer Employment Program places high school students in entry-level positions in the greater Watertown area. Students are matched to a job and provided with a job coach to support them, as needed, as they work independently. They work Monday through Friday and receive a weekly paycheck. In addition, they tour job sites, do assignments related to the world of work, and participate in evening seminars and classes such as:
- Sharing of daily work experiences
- Presenting oneself well in person and on paper
- Discussions with employed adults who are visually impaired
- Job seeking skills
- Social skills for the workplace
- Interviewing skills
- Completing a resume
- Keeping a journal
- Problem solving in a work situation
- Budgeting weekly paychecks
Students live in supervised housing on Perkins campus. They are responsible for the management of their living environment (i.e. grocery shopping, meal preparation, laundry and housekeeping) and in the planning of recreational activities, with staff support. Students must be independent in their daily living skills.