APH CareerConnect Seeks Candidates for Student Advisory Committee

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Join the APH CareerConnect Student Advisory Committee and make a difference in the lives of other transition-age youth who are blind or low vision! 

The APH CareerConnect Student Advisory Committee is a group of blind and low-vision high school and college students age 14 to 24 who work with APH ConnectCenter staff to develop resources and share insights on transition and career awareness through writing blogs and participating in webinars. 

As a member, you will have the opportunity to: 

  • Gain valuable leadership and teamwork skills 
  • Develop your communication and public speaking skills 
  • Network with other blind and low-vision professionals 
  • Learn about the latest trends and developments in career education and employment 
  • Make a real difference in the lives of other transition-age youth who are blind or low vision 

The committee meets online six times yearly for up to 60 minutes per meeting. This is a two-year commitment.  

To apply, submit a brief email that includes the following information: 

  • A brief introduction of yourself (500 words or less) that may include your plans for what you will do after high school or college graduation 
  • A paragraph explaining what you know about APH CareerConnect and our APH ConnectCenter Transition Hub 
  • Two or three ideas that you would like to help incorporate into the APH CareerConnect website and/or on the APH ConnectCenter Transition Hub 
  • One achievement that you are most proud of 
  • Acknowledgment that you are familiar with access technology and the Zoom platform 
  • Name and contact information of one person who can serve as a reference other than a parent or guardian 

Along with this information, please include your full name, email address, and the best number to reach you. 

Student applicants age 17 and younger must submit a letter from a parent/guardian acknowledging permission to participate in the APH Student Advisory Committee. 

Apply today by email and make a difference.The deadline to apply is February 29, 2024. Acceptance notices will be emailed on or after March 15, 2024. 

 About Richard Rueda

Richard Rueda began his career in 2001 with the State of California’s Department of Rehabilitation as a vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Since 2010, Richard has worked in leadership roles directing Transition / PRE ETS programs across California with leading nonprofits. In 2020, Richard joined the APH ConnectCenter managing CareerConnect, a well-respected interactive resource for job seekers. As Assistant Director, he works with a team of dedicated professionals promoting critical life changing tools and supports.