Youth Programs

The Colorado Center for the Blind has brought high-quality, welcoming and yet challenging programs and training for youth ages 4 to college since 1990. Whether it’s our year-round Fun Activities and Skills Training (FAST) program, mentoring for students attending the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), Confidence BELL Academy, our residential summer programs for teens, or collaborating with partners such as Arapahoe Community College for our annual shark dissection, we are committed to creating opportunities that raise expectations for blind students and help them build the confidence to pursue their dreams as successful adults. Obviously, our programs have been almost entirely virtual since March of 2020, but we have endeavored to continue offering programs with content of high interest and value to blind youth in Colorado and further afield.

For more information on youth programs in Colorado, contact our Youth Services Director, Martin Becerra-Miranda:

(303) 778-1130,223
mbecerra@cocenter.org

We’re all looking forward to the summer of 2021 when we can get outdoors and, as necessary, still socially-distance. The National Federation of the Blind’s BELL In-home Edition will be offered again, and the Colorado Center for the Blind is offering modified summer classes – two virtual and one nonresidential in-person class, conditions permitting.

Be sure to contact Youth Director Martin Becerra-Miranda, mbecerra@cocenter.org if you have any questions about programs for blind youth.

NFB Bell Academy

National Federation of the Blind BELL Academy Braille Enrichment for Literacy & Learning Logo

Attend 2021 NFB BELL® Academy In-Home Edition

Enhance your Braille and nonvisual skills with us!

The National Federation of the Blind is offering three virtual programs of the NFB BELL Academy this summer to prepare blind and low-vision children to grow into confident and independent blind people by enhancing their education. Options are available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.

Receive Braille and other fun materials for lessons
Connect with experienced teachers
Build relationships with other blind students and mentors.

Take advantage of this opportunity for your child to connect with blind role models and more by applying for one of the following sessions:

  • Session 1 – June 7-18, 2021
  • Session 2 – July 19-30, 2021
  • Session 3 – August 9-20, 2021

Link to the NFB BELL website
where you can find more information and links to apply in both English and Spanish.

A woman instructing a boy in reading Braille

Year Round Youth Programs – FAST Activities

FAST - (Fun Activities & Skills Training) logo

You won’t want your kids to miss it!

FAST stands for Fun Activities and Skills Training. FAST activities will be held monthly, usually on a Saturday,  throughout the school year. Some Saturdays we will simply focus on having fun as we develop skills. Other Saturdays we will participate in a variety of challenge recreation activities. No matter what, though, the key word is “fun”!

Summer Youth Programs

We are excited to announce three programs for youth ages 13 to 21 to be held in the summer of 2021! Two of the programs will be virtual and one will be a day program for students in the Denver metro area. The virtual programs will take place on the Zoom Cloud Meeting platform, which can be accessed using an Internet connection and computer, by iPhone or Android apps, or by dialing in. Students will receive Zoom meeting information before the first day of the course in which they will participate.

To apply for any of these summer programs, please visit the application page and complete the online form.

Please Note: Course fees can be paid for by Vocational Rehabilitation’s Pree-ETS funding in the student’s home state. Students need to be sure they are eligible for Pre-ETS with their state Vocational Rehabilitation program.

If you have any questions, please contact Martin Becerra-Miranda at mbecerra@cocenter.org

Cancelled – World of Work

The Colorado Center for the Blind is offering a two week-long virtual program to students ages 13 – 21 from across the country. Before the first day of the program, students will receive a materials box that will include a slate, stylus, Braille instructional book, long white cane, sleep shades, tactile graphics, and much more. Students will receive instruction in our four core subject areas of Braille, Technology, Home Management, & Cane Travel. In addition to this, we will hold workshops and activities that focus on career exploration and developing strong employment skills. These workshops include an employer panel, career interest assessment, mock interviews, and one-on-one informational interviews with professionals in your field of interest.

The program will be held Monday through Thursday June 7 – June 17, 2021; we will meet on the Zoom Meeting platform from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and from 1:30 to 3:30 PM Mountain Time. The cost of the program is $1,500 and includes tuition and the materials that will be shipped to students.

Cancelled – Cracking the College Code

This two week-long virtual program is being offered to students ages 13 – 21 from across the country. Before the first day of the program, students will receive a materials box that will include a slate, stylus, Braille instructional book, long white cane, sleep shades, tactile graphics, and much more. Students will receive instruction in our four core subject areas of Braille, Technology, Home Management, & Cane Travel. In addition to this, we will hold workshops that focus on preparing for college, student life, and participating in hands-on STEM activities. These workshops include a college student panel, hands-on chemistry project, ADA workshop, conversation with a Disability Resource Office counselor, robotics project and more!

The program will be held Monday through Thursday June 21 – July 1, 2021; we will meet on the Zoom Meeting platform from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and from 1:30 to 3:30 PM Mountain Time. The cost of the program is $1,500 and includes tuition and the materials that will be shipped to students.

No Limits to Learning

The Colorado Center for the Blind is offering a two week-long day program to students in the Denver Metro Area between ages 13 – 21. Space is limited to 12 students and we will take applicants on a first-come first-serve basis.
In this program, students will receive instruction in our four core subject areas of Braille, Technology, Home Management, & Cane Travel in a maximum of 3-to-1 student/staff ratio. On the first day of classes, students will receive a slate, stylus, Braille instructional book, long white cane, and a pair of sleep shades. We know that using non-visual skills is the most effective and efficient way for a blind person to live a successful and independent life. This is why our blind staff fully implement the Structured Discovery teaching method, which allows our students to learn through their own experiences and problem solving techniques. In addition to the classes mentioned above, we will hold a daily Philosophy class in which staff and students will discuss a variety of topics that focus on developing a positive attitude on blindness. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in challenge rec activities that will establish and grow their self-confidence.

Local health department guidelines permitting, the program will be held Monday through Friday July 19 – July 30, 2021 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The cost of this program is $2,000 and includes tuition, materials, local bus fare, and participation in all program activities.

Register for CCB Summer 2021!`

Two smiling blind teenagers at Big Soda Lake near the mountains