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REACH Mentoring Program

REACH Mentoring Initiative

Realizing Education and Career Hopes (REACH) is Junior Blind's early outreach initiative for young adults who are blind or have low-vision and are interested in pursuing careers and/or higher education. Mentors help participants focus on their personal goals of finalizing their education to pursue employment, navigate the paths of defining a career track, manage personal and professional relationships and identify barriers in the transition phase.

Who We Serve

Participants in Junior Blind's REACH initiative are youth, ages 16-25, who reside in California and possess the academic potential to achieve a high school diploma or equivalent.

Initiative Features

  • Individualized transition plan
  • Career and college exploration
  • Assistance with processes for Individualized Education Program (IEP), rehabilitation and Independent Living Skills services
  • Access to successful college students, graduates and/or professionals who are blind or visually impaired
  • Invitations to career and college workshops, as well as recreational activities with peers

Our Staff

Junior Blind's REACH staff are experienced and dedicated to helping participants achieve their goals.

Service Areas

Junior Blind participants must reside in California. The mentoring initiative operates in Northern and Southern California. Please contact Rob Schulenburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out if our program is available in your area.

Referral Procedure

Students may be referred by a family member, healthcare or blindness professional, California Regional Center or school districts.