Blind Mentors Sought for 2015 Program

From the mailbag:
Seeking: Blind Mentors for 2015 LIFE Program
Are you ready to be an agent of change with the
blind and vision impaired youth of Virginia?

The Virginia Rehabilitation Center for the Blind
and Vision Impaired (VRCBVI) is seeking three
blind college students or young professionals to
be mentors for our 2015 Learning Independence,
Feeling Empowered (LIFE) Program. Mentors will
work alongside our instructional staff in areas
which may include but are not limited to:
Braille, Cooking Skills, Access Technology, and
College 101 as well as 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 2015 LIFE Program is the place for
you. It is highly encouraged for mentors to be
available the weeks of June 14-July 12, 2015 for
training and orientation to the VRCBVI. The 2015
LIFE Program will take place July 12-August 14,
2015 on the campus of VRCBVI in Richmond, Virginia.

LIFE is a five week residential summer program
for high school-aged blind and vision impaired
youth  who want to learn the skills of blindness,
participate in a college preparation or career
exploration program, develop a positive attitude
about blindness, and have fun while getting to know their blind peers.

Ideally mentoring candidates will possess:
?         Excellent blindness skills specifically
the ability to travel independently using a long white cane or dog guide
?         Be available from June 14-August 14, 2015
?         Be able to work 40 hours a week which includes evenings and weekends
?         Be able to communicate effectively with co-workers and supervisor
?         Possess maturity and patience, and the
ability to work as part of a team
?         Enjoy teaching and have an enthusiastic sense of adventure
?         Ability to live in the dorm apartments on the VRCBVI campus

?         Pass a background check

Rate of pay: $9.00 an hour plus room and board

To learn more contact 804-371-3339 or if
interested submit the following to Daniel Ashman
by mail, 401 Azalea Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227 or
by email to
?         Cover Letter
?         Resume
?         Three professional references

?         500 word essay explaining why you would
be the best candidate for the position and the
role mentoring has played in your success

All applications must be received by no later than March 31, 2015

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