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The CNIB Learning Academy invites Canadian youth experiencing sight loss to join us for vital virtual and/or fun in-person summer programs! Take part in workshops and challenges that will help develop your pre-employment, leadership, independence, and social skills.

All opportunities are based on grade level categories so please read program descriptions carefully.

Curent Programs:

CNIB Learning Academy - Junior Explorers (grades 7-8)
CNIB Learning Academy - Young Achievers (grades 9-10)
SCORE (Skills, Confidence & Opportunities through Recreation & Education) Scholars Program

 

CNIB Learning Academy - Junior Explorers (grades 7-8)

Dates:  Weekdays from July 4  to  July 15, 2022 from 12-1 p.m. EDT. 

Get started in the CNIB Learning Academy with this unique summer experience of self-discovery! Participants (in grades 7-8) will explore their skills and strengths, hear from people with sight loss bout their careers, and learn about best practices for success in high school. For just an hour a day over ten weekdays, attendees can begin to build foundations for secondary school transition and plant the seeds for early career recognition and exploration.  Program content will be delivered in a fun and engaging style utilizing group games, challenges, and chats.

Application

To participate, complete the application form.

Link: Download the CNIB Learning Academy Junior Explorers Program 2022 Application.

Submit the application by Friday, June 17, 2022 to:

Walter Dickinson
Program Coordinator, Child, and Youth
CNIB
T: 647-400-0439
E: Walter.Dickinson@cnib.ca

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CNIB Learning Academy - Young Achievers (grades 9-10)

Dates:  Weekdays from July 4  to  July 15, 2022 from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. 

This bridge program to Learning Academy’s SCORE Scholars provides students serious about their academic and long-term career goals with important tools for the future. Fundamental analytical and goal setting skills are introduced to build an individualized map for success. Early volunteer, summer and part time jobs are discussed in relationship to long term school and career aspirations. Special guest speakers who live with sight loss and are leaders in their field will provide personal stories for inspiration. Extra support and guidance participants will be provided by assigned mentors from the SCORE Scholars program.  

Please note for the 2023 SCORE Scholars program, applicants with at least one successfully completed Learning Academy program will be given preference for inclusion. Young Achievers can be that important program for consideration!

Application

To participate, complete the application form.

Link: Download the CNIB Learning Academy Young Achievers Program 2022 Application.

Submit the application by Friday, June 17, 2022 to:

Walter Dickinson
Program Coordinator, Child, and Youth
CNIB
T: 647-400-0439
E: Walter.Dickinson@cnib.ca

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SCORE (Skills, Confidence & Opportunities through Recreation & Education) Scholars Program

Dates: July 17 – 30, 2022

Put down the textbooks and join CNIB this summer for an all-expenses-paid opportunity! Be part of a transformational experience that will support you in your academic and job-seeking goals. Discover and explore your potential through educational and empowering activities while connecting with like-minded peers. Travel to Toronto and CNIB Lake Joe!

Originally the SCORE (Skills, Confidence & Opportunities through Recreation & Education) Program, and now part of Learning Academy as SCORE Scholars, this is a two-week in-person program offered July17-30, 2022 with a virtual orientation the week of July 11. 

Week 1: You'll travel to Toronto and take part in challenging programs that will help you develop pre-employment, leadership, independence, and social skills. We'll explore the city by visiting restaurants and local attractions. Accommodations and daily programming will be held at the Seneca College campus near Yonge and Finch.

Week 2: Enjoy a blend of recreation and learning in a safe, inclusive environment on the shores of CNIB Lake Joe. You'll have the chance to take part in group activities including swimming, rock-wall climbing, tandem biking, water tubing, and build your leadership skills.

Recorded in 2019, this short documentary asks SCORE participants: what makes SCORE such a unique experience?

Apply now to the CNIB Learning Academy SCORE Scholars program to secure an admissions interview! 

Eligibility

To be considered for the CNIB Learning Academy SCORE Scholars program, applicants must: 

  • Be a Canadian student (or recent graduate) in grades 11-12, or first year of post-secondary  (not exceeding the age of 21).
  • Have strong orientation & mobility skills and independent living skills.
  • Be interested in experiential learning activities and developing leadership skills.
  • Be determined to work on personal independence and problem-solving skills.
  • Have a demonstrated interest in putting personal strengths to use for the betterment of peers, family, and community.
  • Be committed to participating in all program activities. 

Application Requirements

  • Complete the SCORE Scholars program application form, and answer questions about yourself, your interests, and goals.
  • A letter of recommendation from an endorser. This should be someone who knows you well, like a CNIB staff member, teacher, workplace/volunteer supervisor or youth group leader. 
  • A 750-word essay introducing yourself and discussing how you’ll benefit from attending the SCORE Scholars Program.
  • If you have a resume, please include it with your application. 

As space is limited, please apply early! Explore and learn more about yourself, your interests and goals.

Download the CNIB Learning Academy SCORE Scholars Program 2022 application 

Submit the application by Thursday, April 14, 2022 to:

Rhonda Underhill-Gray 
Lead, CNIB National SCORE Program 
CNIB
T: 647-535-8962  
E: Rhonda.Underhill-Gray@cnib.ca

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