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Free Soft Skills Workshops Help Youth Connect with Confidence

6/29/2018 12:00:00 PM

A new program from State Services for the Blind is helping youth who are blind, low vision or DeafBlind develop soft skills for success.

Blind & Socially Savvy, offered through The International School of Protocol, focuses on training youth ages 14 to 21 on professional image, nonverbal communication, networking, and employer expectations.

The workshops include instruction and opportunities to practice, said Sheila Koenig, SSB Transition Coordinator. Students participate in real networking events, informational interviews, activities in the community, and career fairs. “Our students who have participated in Blind & Socially Savvy workshops leave with a sense of empowerment rooted in newly acquired skills, and they embrace opportunities confidently,” Koenig said.  “The impact for students is monumental.”

Several Blind & Socially Savvy workshops have been held in Minnesota. The next workshop, hosted by Duluth Center for Vision Loss, will be held August 5-10. For more information on future workshops, contact Sheila Koenig at sheila.koenig@state.mn.us. There is no fee for these programs.

Entrepreneur Magazine Now Available in Human-Voiced Audio

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Taking a Job Search Break this Summer?

Blind or visually impaired small business owners manage vending services at 18 Minnesota roadside rest stops through SSB’s Business Enterprises Program (BEP). A portion of the sales supports BEP, which provides training, certification, technical support and management services to these self-employed vending business owners. The rest areas include:

  • Straight River South Rest Area, southbound I-35, Owatonna
  • Straight River North Rest Area, northbound I-35, Owatonna
  • Heath Creek Rest Area, northbound I-35, Faribault
  • New Market Rest Area, southbound I-35, Faribault
  • Dayton Port Rest Area, Highway 10, Elk River
  • Forest Lake Rest Area, southbound I-35, Forest Lake
  • St. Croix Travel Information Center and Rest Area, westbound I-94, St. Croix.
  • Brainerd Travel Information Center and Welcome Center, 7393 Highway 371, Brainerd
  • Frazee Rest Area, US Highway 10, Frazee
  • Hansel Lake Rest Area, westbound I-94, Fergus Falls
  • Burgen lake Rest Area, westbound I-94, Fergus Falls
  • Lake Latoka Rest Area, eastbound I-94, Alexandria
  • St. Cloud Travel Information Center, Highway 10, St. Cloud
  • Middle Spunk Rest Area, westbound Highway 94, Avon
  • Big Spunk Rest Area, eastbound Highway 94, Avon
  • Fuller Lake Rest Area, westbound Highway 94, Clearlake
  • Enfield Rest Area, eastbound highway 94, Monticello
  • Moorhead Travel Information Center and Rest Area, eastbound I-94, Mile Marker 2, Moorhead


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