[Nfbnet-members-list] Seeking: Blind Mentors for 2014 LIFE Program

Phelps, Amy (DBVI) Amy.Phelps at dbvi.virginia.gov
Sat Mar 15 21:30:44 UTC 2014

Seeking: Blind Mentors for 2014 LIFE Program

Are you looking for a job this summer?
Are you a blind college student or young blind 
professional who is enthusiastic and confident in your blindness skills?
Do you want to inspire while promoting a positive 
image of blindness to up and coming blind youth and young adults?
Do you want to work with blind youth to help them 
reach their full potential and encourage them to 
have high expectations for themselves?

If the answer to these questions is a resounding 
YES, then the VRCBVI 2014 LIFE summer program needs you to work as a mentor!

The Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind 
and Vision Impaired (VRCBVI) is seeking three 
blind college-age mentors to work with our 2014 
LIFE Program with the possibility of working in 
our 2014 College Assessment Program.

Learning Independence, Feeling Empowered (LIFE) 
is a five week residential summer program for 
high school-age blind and vision-impaired youth 
who want to learn the skills of blindness, 
develop a positive attitude about blindness, and 
have fun while getting to know their blind peers from across the state.

VRCBVI is recruiting for three mentors who will 
work alongside our instructional staff in the 
areas of Braille, Personal and Home Management, 
Access Technology, and during after-hours 
confidence building activities.  If you are 
enthusiastic about giving back to the next 
generation of blind and vision-impaired youth and 
you want to have fun while working, then being a 
mentor in the 2014 LIFE Program is the place for you.

Dates of the LIFE Program: July 6 – August 8, 2014
Where: On the campus of VRCBVI in Richmond, VA
Hours: 40 hours a week which includes some evenings and weekends
**Dates of employment for mentors: July 4 – August 8, 2013.
Rate of pay: $9.00 an hour plus room and board

**Special note: there is the possibility that the 
mentors will have the opportunity to work with 
our College Assessment Program (CAP). In that 
case, mentors will need to arrive on June 10.

Requirements for mentors:

·        Excellent blindness skills ­ Braille, 
ability to travel independently using a long 
white cane or dog guide, proficiency in non-visual Access Technology, etc.
·        Maturity ­ ability to remain professional at all times
·        A level head, sense of humor, and enthusiastic sense of adventure.
·        Mentors will live in the dorm apartments on the VRCBVI campus
·        Pass background check

How to Apply:
·        Submit the following by mail to Amy 
Phelps, 401 Azalea Ave, Richmond VA, 23227 or by 
email to amy.phelps at dbvi.virginia.gov
o   Cover letter
o   Resume
o   Three professional references
o   500 word essay explaining why you would be 
the best candidate for the position and the role 
mentoring has played in your success

·        Deadline for application: All items must 
be received by no later than April 21, 2014.

Amy C. Phelps, CRC, NOMC
Assistant Director for Instruction
Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind & Vision Impaired
401 Azalea Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23227
Phone: 804.371.3052
Email: <mailto:amy.phelps at dbvi.virginia.gov>amy.phelps at dbvi.virginia.gov
Worldwide Web: <http://www.vrcbvi.org>http://www.vrcbvi.org

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