STARS – Youth Services

Your visually impaired child is just like any other boy or girl. Hanging out with friends, participating in sports and wanting to feel good about themselves are a few of their priorities. But when they are the only student in their school with a disability, sometimes they can feel isolated and alone.

As a parent, you want to provide your child with a safe place where they can belong — where they can gain the self-confidence and skills necessary to thrive. CVI’s STARS (Social, Therapeutic, Academic and Recreational Services) program is that place.

Programming takes place year round through After School Enrichment, Summer Enrichment, Mentoring and weekend recreational events. Each component has a focus on at least one of the nine elements in the Expanded Core Curriculum:

  • Functional academic skills
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Social interaction skills
  • Independent living skills
  • Recreation and leisure skills
  • Career education
  • Use of assistive technology
  • Sensory efficiency skills
  • Self-determination

For more information about joining the STARS program, contact Shelby Ball, STARS program manager at 404-875-9011.

Registration Now Open for Summer Enrichment Program

We are offering summer programming for STARS students Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in June and July. They will enjoy learning about the arts, sports and recreation and areas of focus around the Expanded Core Curriculum.

Students must be enrolled as a program participant to be eligible to register for summer programming. See links below to register.

New Student Registration

Returning Student Registration

STARS Summer Enrichment Registration 2020

  • Middle and High School Week 1: June 1 to 5
  • Middle and High School Week 2: June 8 to 12
  • Elementary School Week 3: June 29 to July 2 (no programming July 3)
  • Elementary School Week 4: July 6 to 10

Program Costs:

  • $200 per week without transportation
  • $250 per week with transportation

Note: Program fee waiver available with supporting documentation, but transportation fee is charged for all students using transportation. STARS Fee Waiver form 2019-2020

Deadline to register is May 1, 2020.

Youth Volunteer Opportunities with STARS

Students ages 10 – 13 are eligible to be Summer Buddies. Buddies serve as sighted guides and companions to the blind and visually impaired youth during daily programming activities. Buddies are expected to be highly motivated and to adhere to all STARS Summer Enrichment camp rules. The STARS Summer Buddy application is here.

Rising 9th – 12th grade students are eligible to be Summer Junior Leaders. Junior Leaders serve as sighted guides and assistants to the blind and visually impaired youth during the daily programming actitivies. Junior Leaders are expected to be highly motivated and to serve as positive role models for STARS participants. The STARS Summer Junior Leaders application is here.

CVI’s Low Vision Clinic also provides low vision evaluations for students from Kindergarten through graduation.

Children & Youth Services Newsletters

STARS Newsletter for February 2020

STARS Newsletter for January 2020

STARS Newsletter for December 2019

STARS Newsletter for November 2019

STARS Newsletter for October 2019