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

Being a teenager can be difficult and trying experience, but being a teenager with a visual impairment presents a whole other 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 2016, 44 children 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 Public County 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 12th to August 11th, 2017. Every Thursday students attend field trips that promote community engagement. If you would like more information or are interested in joining, please contact Michelle Fischer, Program Supervisor 786-362-7485 or mfischer@miamilighthouse.org.

   
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

aquelin 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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“Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Case Study: Vision Rehabilitation for the First Florida Resident to Receive the Argus II “Bionic Eye” appeared in the May/June issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness
“Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Case Study: Vision Rehabilitation for the First Florida Resident to Receive the Argus II “Bionic Eye” appeared in the May/June issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.
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STAR Summer Camp Children Testimonials

  • STAR is really cool. I like it because I get to be
    with all my friends and learn a lot during summer,
    from typing to art to music.
    - Marino, age 12


  • STAR is fun because we get to read a lot, go on lots of field trips, use the computers and learn programs like PowerPoint. I make a lot of friends here and get to learn things with them. It's a lot better than staying at home watching TV during the summer!
    - Madisleny, age 11


  • We learn a lot and have fun activities in STAR. The large print books I get have helped me a lot in school, and I like learning with a lot of friends that
    I've made here during my second year in STAR at Miami Lighthouse.
    - Taknighis, age 12


 
 
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 nine 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 Silver participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse’s commitment to data transparency.

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 

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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