Two girls sit at the Channel 5 news desk, one of the tours of TV stations held by ESP

Envision Success Project

  Career Exploration for Young Adults

 
 
 
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              How to Get Involved

            How to Get Involved

The Envision Success Project (ESP) was launched in March 2017 by the Polus Center, one of the MA Commission for the Blind's Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) programs for students who are legally blind. Participants tour a variety of businesses and careers that might be of interest, learn workplace readiness skills, and participate in internships, projects, and other paid work experiences. 

Here's a sample of this year's tours!

Where is our classroom? Everywhere!

The Envision Success Project (ESP) is an action learning experience for young adults who are legally blind. We travel to businesses and workplaces of all kinds to explore what working there might be like. We visit with people doing the job, ask questions, try out some activities. Then we discuss, as a group, over a good meal somewhere near where we just toured. What did we learn about that occupation? What would we like about doing that job? Is this something we would be interested in doing or not? What skills are required and how would you get them? For many people with vision challenges (as with us all!), the social activity of dining out is a skill unto itself, as is getting there and back. ESP invites people with and without disabilities to join our tours and discussions, making these experiential activities meaningful and memorable. 

 After each tour, the group meets at a local restaurant to discuss what we've learned and whether that occupation may be one the student might be interested in pursuing (or not!). By meeting people doing the work we are able to ask them what they like and don't like about the job, what skills are required, and how they got the skills and education to do that work. Sharing meals builds community, social skills, and is an informal enjoyable way to connect and learn!

After each tour, the group meets at a local restaurant to discuss what we've learned and whether that occupation may be one the student might be interested in pursuing (or not!). By meeting people doing the work we are able to ask them what they like and don't like about the job, what skills are required, and how they got the skills and education to do that work. Sharing meals builds community, social skills, and is an informal enjoyable way to connect and learn!

 Thien making pizza at his paid position at Holy Cross College.

Thien making pizza at his paid position at Holy Cross College.

Internships and projects

The Envision Success Project is a very person-centered approach to career exploration. We begin with interviews at the students' homes, with their families, to begin to understand who they are and what might be of interest to them. We structure the tours and what they do for paid internships/work experiences around individual student interests. This summer, two sisters interested in film production, who took interest in the story of Louisa May Alcott when they toured Fruitlands Museum, worked with a professional videographer to make a film about Louisa May Alcott. This included writing and singing their own song to accompany the film. Others did more traditional first work experiences at Family Dollar, Sodexo Food Services at UMASS Hospital, and two were offered paid positions at Holy Cross College. 

 Charlie making a film on the history of Framingham.

Charlie making a film on the history of Framingham.

The Journey Home, a film produced by Victoria and Olivia Leger as their summer internship project, with support from videographer Camron Adibi and coach Karen Gostenhofer.