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PRE-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) (Ages 14 to 22)

Spring Break: March 25 to March 29 2019
Summer Camp: June 10 to August 9 2019

Being a teenager can be difficult at times, but being a teenager with a visual impairment presents a whole new set of challenges. The Pre-Employment Transition Services is a year-round program that provides individuals 14-22 the opportunity to develop skills to enter the work force or post-secondary education. Students learn important life skills like home and personal management, assistive technology, job readiness, orientation and mobility, social skills and community integration. They are able to use the kitchen, prepare their own meals using safe techniques, and learn how they can label and organize their own home so they can access things without limitations. Students keep up to date resumes, participate in job interviews and are able to participate in on-the job training. The goal is to help these children reach their full potential, for some of the students improving Braille Literacy is an important component of their curriculum. In 2017, 43 teenagers were served in our Pre-Employment Transition Services program.

The Pre-Employment Transition Services Program is year-round. During the school year, the program meets every Saturday and on Miami-Dade County Public Schools Teacher Work Days. In addition to the training listed above, students attend a number of field trips throughout the community, participate in interesting seminars and workshops, and receive training in the latest technology, such as iPads.

During the summer, the program offers a nine week summer program from June 11th to August 10th, 2018. Every Thursday students attend field trips that promote community engagement. If you would like more information or are interested in joining, please contact Betty Chavarria, Manager of Transition and Education Services at 786-362-7523 or bchavarria@miamilighthouse.org.

Miami Lighthouse Pre-ETS/Transition Students Receive OrCam Assistive Devices


Left to right front: Lior Haiat, Israel Consul General; Sebastian Torres; Marnel Jean; Emily Bejerano; Diandre Incera
Rear: Jason Jenkins, Miami Dolphins; Motti Attia, Orcam; Leslie Nixon, Miami Dolphins; Marcus Bach-Armas, Miami Dolphins;
TJ McDonald, Miami Dolphins; CEO Virginia Jacko, Miami Lighthouse and Ariel Roman-Harris, Israeli Consulate

Three of our Pre-ETS/Transition students, Emily, Diandre, and Marnel received an OrCam, a portable, wearable, light-weight smart camera for blind and visually impaired persons. It reads aloud printed or digital text, and identifies faces, products, and paper money all in real time. The students received the OrCams a result of a team effort between the Miami Dolphins, Israel Consulate in Miami, and OrCam.

Representatives from the three organizations visited the Miami Lighthouse to distribute the device, demonstrate its capabilities and train the students on how to use it. Diandre stated, "I have an interest in the law and helping people out. I want to be a lawyer. I think this OrCam is really going to help me achieve that goal." Emily said, "The OrCam has been a great change in my life and [will positively impact] my future." According to Marnel, "The OrCam has allowed me to be more productive in life. Not only has it allowed me to be more efficient in my work, I now have the opportunity to compete in a fast-paced work environment where the size of the print does not dictate the quality and value of my work."

   
Pre-Employment Transition services students at their summer work experience at the Miami Children’s Museum.  Ronald (left) and Eric (right)   Jose cleaning up the Youth Fair grounds with SFM

Pre-Employment Transition services students at their summer work experience at the Miami Children's Museum. Ronald (left) and Eric (right)

 

Jose cleaning up the Youth Fair grounds with SFM

   
Samuel’s summer work experience at a local auto repair shop   Pre-Employment Transition student Christian with Michelle Fay during a visit to Y100 Miami

Samuel's summer work experience at a local auto repair shop

 

Pre-Employment Transition student Christian with Michelle Fay during a visit to Y100 Miami

   
Jaquelin visits La Poderosa Radio station to share what she has learned while attending the Miami Lighthouse Pre-ETS program   Pre-Employment Transition student Adriel Afanador participating in a shaving activity led by the Art of Shaving

Jaquelin visits La Poderosa Radio station to share what she has learned while attending the Miami Lighthouse Pre-ETS program

 

Pre-Employment Transition student Adriel Afanador participating in a shaving activity led by the Art of Shaving

   
Four Pre-Employment Transition Services students engaged in a role playing activity   Three Pre-Employment Transition Services students during their visit to La Poderosa radio station

Four Pre-Employment Transition Services students engaged in a role playing activity

 

Three Pre-Employment Transition Services students during their visit to La Poderosa radio station

   
Pre-Employment Transition Services Student Katherine Sanchez on the air at La Poderosa Radio Station   Pre-Employment Transition Services students Alejandro and Andrea at Dave and Busters Arcade

Pre-Employment Transition Services Student Katherine Sanchez on the air at La Poderosa Radio Station

 

Pre-Employment Transition Services students Alejandro and Andrea at Dave and Busters Arcade

   
Andre live on WVUM radio at the University of Miami   Ronald McDonald drops in and Visits teenagers at Miami Lighthouse

Andre live on WVUM radio at the University of Miami

 

Ronald McDonald drops in and Visits teenagers at Miami Lighthouse

   

 
 
 
 



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Parent Testimonials

  • "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful work that you do with my son Erick. May God bless him."
    - Greila


  • "Miami Lighthouse for the Blind has changed the lives of my family and our daughter. Without your support and constant encouragement, raising an infant who is visually impaired would be overwhelming, scary and clouded with sadness. Instead, our family feels privileged to be able to be
    a part of this incredible organization, thanks to our daughter. She is currently enrolled at the school
    and has participated in the infant programs – the effort and individual attention you provide to the families and students goes beyond an individual
    job description and salary – the drive comes solely from their passion to service those who are often overlooked in our society. I cannot thank you
    enough for your dedication."
    - Lisa Jess


 
 
   
   

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Miami Lighthouse was recognized at the 2015 Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Awards luncheon as an organization that has demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health.

 

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned eleven consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, the nation's premier independent nonprofit evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our sound fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and financial strength.

 

Miami Lighthouse has earned the Gold participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse's commitment to data transparency.

 

Early Intervention Blind Babies Program Named the Children's Trust 2016 Program of the Year. This most prestigious award recognizes this Early Intervention Program, in particular, for including parents as teachers.

   
                     

 

 

 

 

 

Miami New Times - Best of Miami 2017

   

 

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.

 

Miami Lighthouse was the recipient of the 2013 Switchboard Miami All Star Most Valuable Non-Profit Award.

 

Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner (2013 and 2014) of the Marlins Foundation and a 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Legacy Partner. Our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has received over $300,000 in charitable donations through these partnerships.

 

Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by the New Times.

   
                     

 

 

 

 

Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare’s 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.

 

Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.

 

Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.

   
 
 

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