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“Careers and Canine Connections” Applications Available: Submission Deadline is April 1, 2023 for this Free Program

This weeklong summer program promises to provide excitement, learning, and personal growth for transition-age young adults ages 18-24 who are blind or have low vision. Being offered from August 7 to 12, 2023, the program is free of charge and is a collaborative effort between Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) and APH Career Connect, a program of the APH (American Printing House for the Blind) Connect Center. “Get ready for a weeklong exhilarating deep dive into career exploration and how a Guide Dog enhances your future employment,” GDB advises. Participants will discover a variety of career options they may not have considered, the value of networking for both work and greater independence, compare mobility possibilities for travel to and from work and while on the job, vocational and employment resources and mentorship, and unique hands-on experiences with dogs. There will be ample time to connect with one another and make new friends, and to enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The program will be held at the Hull Foundation & Learning Center in Sandy, Oregon, which is seven miles from the Oregon Guide Dogs for the Blind’s training campus. For the 2023 “Careers & Canine Connection” Participant Application form, please visit the Youth Programs Page The deadline to submit an application is April 1, 2023. Guide Dogs for the Blind recommends applying early as summer programs are popular and fill up quickly.