Learn, Earn, and Prosper
Preparing blind and visually impaired youth for a brighter future by gaining life skills, work experience, and community involvement!
Learn, Earn, and Prosper (LEAP) provides blind or visually impaired youth the opportunity to gain the skills needed to become independent, confident, and productive with the outcome of increased employability.
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Begin your journey to independence!
What is LEAP?
Learn, Earn, and Prosper (LEAP) provides pre-employment transitional services to youth and young adults who are blind or visually impaired. LEAP typically offers residential programs, in which students have lived in college dormitories and practice independent living skills.
Due to COVID-19, LEAP has successfully transitioned into the virtual world, where we offer platform-based educational workshops, remote work based learning internships, and skill camps!
Once public health regulations allow, LEAP plans to continue with a hybrid programming model of virtual and residential settings. Youth and young adults who are blind and visually impaired from all over the country can enjoy LEAP and cultivate their professional and personal development.
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Who can enroll in LEAP?
Young men and women who are blind or visually impaired ages 14-24 years old.
We also accept and strongly encourage applications from out of state individuals!
As a LEAPster or LEAP Intern, what type of training will I receive?
You will receive training in pre-employment transitional services:
- Work based learning
- Workplace readiness training
- Instruction in self advocacy
- Social and emotional development
Learn more about the different programs offered to find out which experience might be best for you!
LEAP Residential will be back in Summer 2022! See below for more information on residential work experiences opportunities over the summer.
Application due May 1st, 2022
Out-of-State Summer Information
Vermont Summer Information
Apply to be a LEAP Summer Facilitator!
Find out what our past LEAPsters have said about their time at LEAP!
Spring 2022 Virtual Work-Based Learning Program
I enjoyed the connection of other people like my partners I’m glad we got to meet new blind people.”
I enjoyed making new friends!”
The thing that I most enjoyed this Spring for LEAP was working on the Instagram Takeover Content. I had fun meeting new people and being able to work together on a project that we loved doing. I also enjoyed the new SkillShops as well.”
Fall 2021 Virtual Work-Based Learning Programs
One of the things I most enjoyed about LEAP was meeting new people and also working together with new people. I also really enjoyed being able to go to the Fall Retreat in Burlington VT. It was a fun and exciting experience. I was glad to be a part of it.”
I felt very supported by my LEAP supervisors. The reasons I felt supported by them was because if I had any questions, I could just email them and they would answer me right back and had helpful answers. They also said if you ever need help to just reach out to them and they would be available to help us with anything.”
I love the friendly atmosphere, wonderful people, and connecting with everyone”
Summer 2021 Virtual Work-Based Learning Programs
Seeing the results of my work was magical. Watching the engagement go up on LEAP’s Instagram and seeing my webpage come to life made me feel like I was working towards something great and was learning along the way.”
The thing I enjoyed most about the LEAP program this summer is being able to talk with others who have a disability similar to my own.”
Getting paid to code is awesome!”
Summer 2021 Virtual Culinary Camp
Dear greatest VT LEAP Team, Staff, and Friends: I want to thank all of you for a wonderful time here in the VT LEAP Program with such wonderful friends and staff. The VT LEAP Program is filled with the greatest, happiest atmosphere. I really feel like I have come away from this summer program and this past fall program with new friends. Thanks a million all staff, friends, and coworkers.
2020 Virtual Retreats
One lesson I will take with me from LEAP is to step out of your comfort zone, say yes to every opportunity and embrace adventure. Treat your seemingly insurmountable barriers as challenges that can be overcome.
I am so grateful for these LEAP Virtual Retreats. We share ideas, laugh and learn from one another. These retreats remind us that no barrier will set us apart.
The LEAP program means friendship and community for young adults with vision differences. I learned how to communicate and advocate regarding my visual needs. The greatest impact of LEAP for me is happiness.
Business Enterprise Program
BEP is a proud partner of LEAP
In 1936 the Randolph-Sheppard Act (20 U.S.C. Section 107 et seq.) established the Randolph-Sheppard Vending Facility Program, more commonly known as the Business Enterprise Program (BEP). Here in Vermont, the Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) is the state licensing agency administering this program. BEP is a self employment program. The federal and state laws governing this program require that candidates are to be legally blind, a U.S. Citizen, and must complete our training program.
Licensed Operators are trained to run one of DBVI’s food service facilities as self-employed entrepreneurs, keeping 100% of the profits! Our facilities consist of cafe and vending machine operations, located in federal and state building throughout Vermont. Qualified candidates are assigned to facilities as they become available.