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Children and Youth Programs

Growing up with sight loss can bring practical, emotional, and social challenges. Learn how our children and youth programs can help with navigating these developmental stages.

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LGBTQ+ Youth Group (for youth ages 14-19)

CNIB’s National LGBTQ+ youth group is an opportunity for LGBTQ+ identifying youth (ages 14-19) with sight loss to connect in a safe and supportive environment led by staff with lived experience. Join us as we explore intersectionality, learn from mentors, support each other and discuss common experiences and challenges of LGBTQ+ identifying youth with sight loss.
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Ottawa Young Adult Peer Support Group

A monthly peer support  for young adults (ages 16-24) where we'll share snacks and discuss issues and topics that are relevant to participants living with sight loss.
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CNIB/OPVIC (Ontario Parents of Visually Impaired Children) Parent Support

Join our community of parents supporting parents in the monthly meetings of the CNIB/OPVIC Group. This Ontario-based group is open to parents across Canada who want to be active in the development of their child with vision loss. Attendees will share best practices and we will hear from TVI’s (Teachers for the Visually Impaired or Itinerant Teachers) and other special guests. Be part of an exciting and supportive community and meet other parents working toward the same goals. The CNIB/OPVIC parent support group meets via Zoom web conference on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Career Voices Speaker Series

Sometimes our futures can be hard to imagine. High-School. College. University. Trade School. Master’s Degree. PHD. Internships. Placements. Summer Jobs. Professional Associations. First Jobs. Careers. Moving up the ladder. Transitioning Careers. It's enough to make your head spin! Listening to a successful person with a shared experience can be a source of motivation and inspiration. The Learning Academy is pleased to present our new monthly youth-oriented talk, the Career Voices Speaker Series.
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Kingston Youth Games and Social Club

Join us at the CNIB Kingston Hub for a monthly social games youth group! Play games, chat, enjoy snacks and make new connections with other youth from the region who have sight loss. This program is offered to youth between the ages of 12-18 in the Kingston area. Some braille knowledge is an asset. This youth group meets in-person at the CNIB Kingston Hub on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Eastern. 
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SCORE Scholars – Parent and Participant Virtual Orientation

Parents, guardians, educators, and staff associated with CNIB youth interested in attending the summer 2023 SCORE Scholars program (July 17-29, 2023), are invited to attend an important information session. This is your opportunity to learn details about the application process, programming, travel logistics and health and safety protocols. Let program staff answer all your questions as we continue the in-person version of this legacy CNIB program!
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Primary Explorers (grades 4-6)

This new one-week virtual camp is about becoming aware of the world of work and how it relates to us at a very early age. We will address the basic questions “What is a job?”, “What sorts of jobs do our family members have?” and “Why is work important?” Participants will learn how to perform their own research through casual conversation with family and community acquaintances. Through short group conversations, fun interactive educational games, interesting guest speakers and playful exercises, participants will learn to dream big and expand their possibilities for the future.
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SCORE Scholars (grades 11, 12 & first year of post-secondary)

Put down the textbooks and join CNIB this summer for this unique all-expenses-paid opportunity! Be part of a transformational experience that will provide you with an edge in forthcoming academic and job-seeking pursuits. Discover and explore your potential through educational and empowering activities while connecting with like-minded peers.
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Junior Explorers (grades 7-8)

Take it to the next level of the CNIB Learning Academy with this unique summer experience of self-discovery and get the jump on high school.  Participants will explore their skills and strengths, hear from successful visually impaired community members about their careers, and learn about best practices for academic success. For just an hour a day over ten weekdays, attendees can begin to build foundations for this important transition and plant the seeds for early career recognition and exploration. Program content will be delivered in a fun and engaging style utilizing group games, challenges, and chats.
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Young Achievers (grades 9-10)

This bridge program to the Learning Academy’s SCORE Scholars, provides students serious about their academic and long-term career goals with important tools for the future Fundamental analytical and goal setting skills are introduced to build an individualized map for success. Early volunteer, summer and part time jobs are discussed in relationship to long term school and career aspirations. Special guest speakers who experience vision loss and are leaders in their field will provide personal stories for inspiration. Extra support and guidance to participants will be provided by assigned mentors from the CNIB Apprentice program. An hour and a half per day for ten weekdays will give attendees an important edge in their future endeavours.