LEAP Learning Goes Virtual

This spring and summer, with COVID-19 upending support programs everywhere, ReSOURCE’s training program staff needed to pivot to accommodate social distancing while providing a meaningful, interactive, online, work based learning experience for students. Fortunately, this virus-influenced lemon inspired lemonade alchemy. ReSOURCE’s Learn, Earn and Prosper (LEAP) program for visually impaired students, ages 14-21, has reinvented its Summer Work Experience residency into a virtual event, bringing students from across New England together to team up online for a variety of fun, lively skill-developing workshops.

One such session, “I Chose My Own Adventure,” offers students a choice between meetups with motivational speakers such as Molly Burke,a blind YouTube influencer with over 2 million subscribers; learning how to grow vegetables and gain food preparation skills with the Vermont Community Garden Network; enlisting in a Jump Rope Challenge, using a cordless jump rope to meet weekly jump roping goals; and a Culinary Camp where they prepare one meal a week, including shopping for supplies. Cooking instruction per recipe will be guided through a YouTube video and includes a weekly Q&A with Vermont celebrity chef Lance Purnell. Enrollment is up and there has been interest from countries around the world.

A recently completed virtual program, LEAP’s story telling elective program, run by Susan Schmidt from MOTH, was a student favorite.The Elder Story Project is an initiative intended to connect blind and visually impaired youth with older Americans in their community through the power of first-person true narrative. The goal of the project was to enhance written and oral communication skills among the youth and increase a connectedness across generations. At first uncomfortable with their assignment, the young writers discovered a kinship through the stories their subjects shared with them. Their completed narratives are heartwarming and insightful.

Click below to listen to a selection of their stories.


Reflections of a Teacher

The Train Station

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What is Career Start?

Career Start is a program designed for high school students to gain hands-on experience and technical skills in various departments at ReSOURCE’s Burlington or Barre locations.

High school students enrolled in school are eligible to participate in the Career Start program.

The program provides hands-on experience in ReSOURCE departments, technical skills training, and monthly personal and professional development classes.

There is a fee of $1500, but tuition is waived for qualifying Vermonters.

Departments include Customer Service & Retail, Office Administration, Computers and Electronics, Overlook Cafe, and Large Appliances, among others.

Yes, students earn a monthly stipend

Training covers Health and Wellness, Goal Setting and Achievement, Leadership Development, Career Planning, and Financial Literacy.

Interested individuals should contact ReSOURCE’s Training and Development Manager, Susan Uthmann, for enrollment details.


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