A Nonprofit Community Enterprise

LEAP


Preparing blind and visually impaired youth for a brighter future by gaining life skills, work experience and community involvement.

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.

Quick Facts About LEAP


Begin your journey to independence.

What is LEAP?

LEAP offers three and seven week residential summer work based programs in which students live in college dormitories and practice independent living skills. LEAP also offers workshops throughout the year focused on teaching self-advocacy, job skills, assistive technology, and more.

Who can enroll in LEAP?

Young men and women ages 14-24 years old who are blind or visually impaired. We are also accepting applications from out of state members!

What training will I receive?

LEAP provides year round work shops and intensive summer residential experiences which includes living in community housing while focusing on independent life skills, leadership, and gain work experience.

LEAP Program Opportunities


Learn more about the different programs offered to find out which experience might be best for you!

LEAP hosts three Professional Growth Retreats during fall, winter, and spring. Each retreat focuses on a specific theme of professional development. Past Retreats have included Workplace Relationships, The Resume, The Interview, Storytelling, Technology and Transportation, and more.

Fall Retreat

LEAP Fall Retreat – The Elevator Pitch: Develop Your Personal Brand with LEAP

October 25th-27th, 2019  

 

Join your peers in learning to communicate your skills and values! Topics covered will include the elevator pitch, sharing your employment story, and identifying your skills and values. And plan for a Halloween party, movie night, s’mores, campfire, spooky first aid skills training, and more!

 

See retreat materials below!

 

Fall Retreat Flyer

LEAP Medical Form

Retreat Registration Form 2019

Winter Retreat

LEAP Winter Retreat – February 7th -9th, 2020
Join LEAP for a Ski and Snowboard weekend with USABA and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports! This is an opportunity to connect with people who are blind and visually impaired from around the country, and adventure on the mountain. Students will practice communication, independence, goal setting and networking skills.
Please see retreat materials below!

LEAP Medical Form

Spring Retreat

Spring Retreat – April 17th-19th, 2020

Theme TBD

Retreat Registration Form 2019

Dates- July 19th to July 24th, 2020

Intro to LEAP is an opportunity for 14-15 year olds to experience the LEAP lifestyle. Students will participate in:

  • Work-based learning
  • Volunteering
  • Dorm style living
  • Peer mentoring
  • Recreational activities

See downloadable materials below to apply today!

Intro to LEAP Registration 2020

Intro to LEAP FAQ 2020

Intro to LEAP The Flyer 2020

For more information, please contact Shelby Glass at sglass@resourcevt.org or 732.666.1142

Dates for Summer Work Experience 2020

Session 1: June 20th-July 9th, 2020

Session 2: July 12th-July 31st, 2020

The Summer Work Experience Crew program provides youth, 16-24 years old, who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to gain job readiness skills. Students will:

  • Engage in a 32 hour work week
  • Participate in Personal and Professional Development workshops
  • Develop independent living skills
  • Provide and receive peer mentoring
  • Explore downtown Burlington
  • Participate in recreational activities

See downloadable materials below to apply today!

2020 Summer Work Experience Application

LEAP FAQ 2020

For more information, contact Kaelyn Modrak at kmodrak@resourcevt.org or 802.777.1921

Dates for Internship Program 2020 are June 20th-July 31st, 2020

The Internship Program provides young adults with internship experiences for up to seven weeks in the Greater Burlington Area. Internships are based on individuals career goals. Students will:

  • Work independently at their internship sit
  • Travel to and from their internship site independently
  • Develop leadership responsibilities
  • Participate in community living and independent recreation
  • Provide mentorship

See downloadable materials below to apply today!

Internship Application 2020

LEAP FAQ 2020

For more information, contact Kaelyn Modrak at kmodrak@resourcevt.org or 802.777.1921

Student Testimonials


Find out what our past students have to say about their time at LEAP.

LEAP Internship

I am most proud of being able to run a broadcast on my own. I once thought that being blind was going to make radio impossible for me to pursue, but this experience helped me understand my abilities. -Alek, LEAP Intern

LEAP Crew

Another important skill I improved while staying at the LEAP program, is the ability to be more spontaneous and challenge myself. I think I’m much more adaptable now. In fact, I have already engaged in some spontaneous, unstructured activities since returning to Oklahoma. I think my meticulous behavior is much more balanced now. – Rilee, LEAP Crew Member

Retreats

LEAP Retreats have helped me make friends and keep connections. Seeing people at the retreat and then during the summer keeps our connection stronger. -Abshiro, LEAP Student

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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.

For more information contact:

 

Pam Schirner

BEP Program Director
pschirner@resourcevt.org
802.233.2338

Are You Ready to Make a Change?

LEAP:

Kaelyn Modrak


LEAP Program Manager
kmodrak@resourcevt.org
802.777.1921

BEP:

Pam Schirner

BEP Program Director
pschirner@resourcevt.org
802.233.2338