Mentoring Opportunity for Teens with Vision Loss

Posted May 21, 2021 by Mandy Smith in

Professional Mentoring Opportunities for Blind College Students: Apply Today Apply to the Pearson Corporate Disability Mentoring Program, a six-month program in which sighted Pearson and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) professionals are paired with blind young adults to provide blind mentees with greater access to beneficial workplace experiences and strategies. Participants, through a virtual mentoring relationship with a successful Pearson or GSK professional, will gain access to invaluable online resources and monthly trainings to prepare them for success in the working world:
– Acquire knowledge of workplace culture and real world expectations
– Develop strategies for developing career-specific skills
– Gain access to informational interviews
– Receive personalized professional advice and guidance

In addition, the National Federation of the Blind will provide a team of blind professionals who will be available to answer blindness-related questions and share lived experiences.
Applications are open for this new mentoring program between the National Federation of the Blind, Pearson, and GSK, which expands our career mentoring program to consist of blind young adults, blind professionals from the NFB, and sighted professionals from Pearson. This has a positive, exponential impact on all participants through the relationships that are created.
How to Apply
Below are the requirements for eligibility to participate in this six-month opportunity:
-You are a blind or low-vision person
– You agree to program requirements
– You are an undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate (2012 or later)

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the Pearson Corporate Disability Mentoring Program, please complete the Mentoring Program Application by May 31, 2021. Notifications for mentees and the program will be provided in June 2021.
 

Mandy Smith

Mandy has worked at RCIL since June of 2009. She is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and provides services in 32 counties to individuals who are blind or have low vision and are 55 years and older.

Related Articles

Mentoring Opportunity for Teens with Vision Loss

By Mandy Smith | May 21, 2021

Professional Mentoring Opportunities for Blind College Students: Apply Today Apply to the Pearson Corporate Disability Mentoring Program, a six-month program in which sighted Pearson and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) professionals are paired with blind young adults to provide blind mentees with greater access to beneficial workplace experiences and strategies. Participants, through a virtual mentoring relationship with a successful Pearson or GSK professional,…

RCIL Expands Coverage Area for Older Blind Program

By Mandy Smith | August 9, 2017

The iKan-RCIL program started in August of 2010 and its purpose is to teach people who are blind/have low vision and are 55 years or older how to live as independently as possible. IKan-RCIL has been possible with contracts awarded from Kansas Rehabilitation Services (KRS) that allows funding for orientation and mobility training, assistive technology aids and devices, and independent…

January – Glaucoma Awareness Month

By Mandy Smith | January 30, 2017

Though January is almost over there is still time to learn about Glaucoma. Currently over 3 million people in the United States have Glaucoma It is estimated that half of those people don’t know they have it There is no symptoms and once vision is lost it is permanent Glaucoma is the leading cause of PREVENTABLE blindness It is 6…