Thank you for your interest in the Youth Leadership Program at Lighthouse Guild. Please take a moment to complete the application below. Once submitted, your application will be reviewed by the program committee promptly. If the committee believes you to be a strong candidate for the program, you will be contacted with instructions for participating in a screening interview. The screening interview can occur either in person at Lighthouse Guild, or remotely by video conferencing service.

Acceptance into the Youth Leadership Program is based on multiple factors, including recommendation by a student’s vocational counselor or guidance counselor, strength of application, a screening interview and overall program capacity. Application to the program does not guarantee acceptance.

To be eligible for the Youth Leadership Program, a student must:

  • Be within the ages of 14 to 21
  • Be attending high school, or home-based equivalent (the program is not intended for college students)
  • Have an active case for services through the New York State Commission for the Blind

If you have questions regarding the program or this application, please contact Jaydan Mitchell at

Note: Some of the questions below require answers in paragraph format. It may be helpful to review these questions in advance, compose your answers separately (such as in a Word or Google Docs document) and then Copy/Paste those responses here. This form does not allow you to save your work, so it is recommended that you only begin entering in the information once you have the answers prepared.

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