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Youth Services

It can be challenging for teenagers to consider and plan ahead for their career, so we offer a program tailored just for visually impaired students ages 16 to 21.
For over 30 years we have invited these students to come to Portland and Salem for a seven week Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP). The goals of the program are to promote work readiness, build confidence, and well...fun!
Students get to live and work with friends, experience life away from home, and earn money working 30-hours per week on a job-site. The rest of the time is spent learning Independent Living Skills or participating in recreational activities. 

Students share a dorm with friends, and participate in a wide variety of recreational activities such as:
  • Camping trips to Silver Creek Falls
  • Challenge courses
  • Hiking trips
  • Team building
  • Trips to various shopping malls
  • Visiting the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Students must be 16-21 years of age, have the ability to live in a semi-independent living situation; the lack of significant work experience; the ability to benefit from a work experience program.
                                                                                Email: ocb.mail@state.or.us