Student Transition Youth Learning Experience Program
WSB has had longstanding success in our summer programming, including College Prep, ACT Test Prep, Essential Workplace Skills Series and Work Experience Training for transitional-age youth. WSB now offers these programs year-round which will fill identified skills gaps with transitional-age Pre-ETS (Pre-Employment Transition Services) students.
Educational programs provide academic instruction for all children, including those who are blind and visually impaired. However, schools lack the time and resources to provide students with the necessary training in independent living skills, self-advocacy or workplace readiness.
Our program uses both a center based approach for our local students who are blind and visually impaired and community outreach events throughout Arkansas to meet the students where they are, allowing them the same opportunities as their peers located in Little Rock, as well as residential options for students nationwide. Students are able to quickly learn independent living skills in a relaxed, positive environment that focuses on the unique needs of students with visual impairments.
Eligibility: Ages 14 to graduation or completion of high school
Focus: The five Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) focus areas include:
- Job Exploration Counseling to support a discovery process using customized tools that help students discover their skills, abilities, and interests
- Post-secondary Exploration to provide counseling on opportunities for enrollment in local community college / post-secondary education programs
- Instruction in Self-Advocacy to assist students in gaining the knowledge and skills to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate, or assert their own interests and/or desires
- Work-Place Readiness Training to develop social skills and independent living
- Work-based Learning Experiences to provide work opportunities and experiences outside of the traditional school setting