Media Advisory: Paving a brighter path for blind and visually impaired youth

Who: Since early June, Leah Schenkel, a rising senior at Wake Forest University, has been working with youth participants in the Student Enrichment Experience (SEE) camp sponsored by A Brighter Path Foundation (ABPF), a supporting entity for Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind (WSIFB) that funds innovative programs for the blind or visually impaired.

Schenkel is interning with A Brighter Path Foundation through Wake Forest’s  Institute for Public Engagement’s Summer Nonprofit Immersion program. The 8-week program matches undergraduate students with agencies in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County — connecting Wake Forest ’s motto of Pro Humanitate (for humanity) with the needs of local nonprofits. Sixteen students are working with local agencies this summer.

What: Schenkel is helping to teach children with visual disabilities to achieve independence through hands-on activities, including arts and crafts, trips to local recreational facilities and daily living skills labs.

Where: The Student Enrichment Camp is held at Tracy’s Little Red School House (7676 Phoenix Dr., Winston-Salem).

When: Media are invited to the Student Enrichment Experience camp on Tuesday, July 16; Thursday, July 18; Tuesday, July 23; or Thursday, July 25. Contact the Wake Forest News Office for information on scheduled activities. Jenny Viars, Program Coordinator at WISFB, who leads the Student Enrichment experience, will also be available for comment.

The Summer Nonprofit Immersion program combines nonprofit management seminars with internship experience and vocational reflection to provide multifaceted engagement with the needs of the community.


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