Tag: Youth Programs

  • From Super Bowl Parade to Freedom Bells: A Video Retrospective of 2016

    From Super Bowl Parade to Freedom Bells: A Video Retrospective of 2016

    Got about 20 minutes to be wowed?

    We’re just back from our 2016 National Federation of the Blind of Colorado Convention in Lone Tree from October 27 to 30. All staff and students attended and, since we’re an NFB training center (the NFB of Colorado started the Center in 1988), Executive Director Julie Deden always makes a report the the entire convention about all that’s happened in the last year. It’s always a highlight of an affiliate convention that is full of highlights. This year Julie’s report included this video of 2016 highlights and retrospective of our graduates this year.… Read the rest “From Super Bowl Parade to Freedom Bells: A Video Retrospective of 2016”

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  • How They Fed 120: The 2016 Summer Graduation Meal

    How They Fed 120: The 2016 Summer Graduation Meal

    The culmination of the Summer Program each year is of course the awarding of certificates and the talent show. Before that can happen, however, the masses must be fed. The summer students and their instructors draw on their collective learning in the kitchen over the summer and cook a meal for as many as 120 guests. All ITP staff and students, summer staff and students, parents and summer employers are invited. If you didn’t get to test the meal for yourself, you can get an idea how it turned out watching the video:

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  • Summer Jobs Wrapping Up

    Summer Jobs Wrapping Up

    Hard to believe our summer programs are coming to an end. Today summer Earn & Learn students are finishing up their 40-hour internships across the Metro area. Not only do they gain valuable work experience – for some it’s their first paid job – but they travel independently to their job sites on foot and by public transportation.  Jobs include
    retail, reception, food service, checking web accessibility, radio production in Boulder, child care and all the chores at a riding stable, among others.  Thanks to all of our employers for supporting our students!  Hope you can all make to the draduation ceremony next Wednesday!… Read the rest “Summer Jobs Wrapping Up”

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  • Summer students take their shot with water rockets!

    Summer students take their shot with water rockets!

    Saturday, July 16 was our Summer Science Seminar. With 24 summer youth we divided into three groups and rotated between three science activities. Martin strapped on the Go Pro and followed all three groups through their water rocket activity with Jamie Principato, a blind physics student who just finished her Associate’s degree at Arapahoe Community College in May. Jamie will enter the University of Colorado-Boulder in August. Oh yeah, Jamie is also our Math Tutor.

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  • Summer Interns at @TheRightStepInc Braille the Saddle Bags

    Summer Interns at @TheRightStepInc Braille the Saddle Bags

    Christina, Keaton and Marie are working as interns for our long-time partners, The Right Step this summer. In fact, it’s Marie’s second year in our summer program and working at The Right Step. Their work includes cleaning stalls, cleaning old horse shoes to be reused, cleaning tack and taking care of the horses.

    This morning they cleaned tack and then helped put up new Braille labels in the tack room. That’s the subject of this short video.

    As an FYI, each horse has its own bag with its very own curry comb and brush, halter, lead rope and hoof pick.… Read the rest “Summer Interns at @TheRightStepInc Braille the Saddle Bags”

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  • September, where did you go?

    September, where did you go?

    Whew! So this is the way this week has been – really, the entire month!

    A small but dedicated cadre of staff and students went out for a good hike on Sunday at Mt. Falcon near Morrison, and just to the south of Red Rocks. Like rock climbing and our Urban Adventures program, we partnered with the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) on the hike, which was 6.4 miles round trip, and rising from 6000 feet to 7500 feet in elevation.

    Monday certain students attended a Boomers’ Career Fair. We don’t need to call out the attendees by name.… Read the rest “September, where did you go?”

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  • A Fitting Finale: Summer Youth Programs 2015

    A Fitting Finale:  Summer Youth Programs 2015

    The Summer Youth Programs for 2015 ended July 29 with a talent show, and this fitting finale dedicated to Youth Services Director Brent Batron:

    https://youtu.be/7b1ya8UusoE

     

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  • The Last Week of July 2015

    The Last Week of July 2015

    It’s the last week of July, and at the Colorado Center for the Blind we’re fighting the feeling that summer is almost over. We know that there are still weeks of hot weather, lovely warm Colorado evenings to enjoy.

    But that vague anxiety is fueled as the last week of July saw our 22 summer students graduating on Wednesday, cleaning and packing on Thursday and leaving on Friday. Many of them are starting school in the first week of August. For them, summer truly is about over.

    It was a big week, and a big summer. Eighteen students flew out from DIA Friday, and these Face Book posts give a sense of the momentousness of the last week of July – and the last two months:

    From Shay: Here at the airport, waiting to go home.

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  • CCB & MasterDrive Partner Again to Give Blind Students Driving Experience

    CCB & MasterDrive Partner Again to Give Blind Students Driving Experience

    For immediate release: Contact: Dan Burke, Public Relations Specialist
    303.778.1130 dburke@cocenter.org

    Englewood, CO – Focusing exclusively on the kinesthetic aspects of driving, students and staff from the Colorado Center for the Blind will get the feel of the skid pad on the MasterDrive campus here on Wednesday, May 27. Denver-area high school students will be included.

    “It makes sense to us to work with blind people on the feel of the car and the road,” said Mark Stolberg, Sr. Vice President of Training for MasterDrive of its 14-year partnership with CCB. “The kinesthetic part of driving is something we teach our sighted driving students.… Read the rest “CCB & MasterDrive Partner Again to Give Blind Students Driving Experience”

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  • Braille Challenge at CCB February 5

    Braille Challenge at CCB February 5

    (Editor’s Note: We are delighted to be partnering with the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind on this year’s Braille Challenge, a nationwide competition sponsored by the Braille Institute. It’s the first time that a test site has been located in the Denver Metro area. Below is the press release.) We’re all going to have a great time with Braille!

    Braille Competition to Test Skills of Metro Kids:</h2

    CCB Partners with CSDB to Host Nationwide Program

    Contact: CSDB: Diane Covington, dcovington@csdb.org or 719-661-0941
    CCB: Brent Batron, bbatron@cocenter.org or 303-778-1130 x222

    Littleton – More than 20 students from across the state who are blind and visually impaired will test their Braille skills in an academic competition unlike any other at the Colorado Center for the Blind in Littleton on Thursday, February 5.… Read the rest “Braille Challenge at CCB February 5”

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