Explore Your Future 2021

About the Program

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We will offer Virtual Explore Your Future for free this summer! All deaf and hard-of-hearing high school sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply!

At Virtual EYF, you will:

  • Gain hands-on experience in a variety of career areas, including art, business, computer science, engineering, health sciences, information technology, and science
  • Learn more about what your interests are as you look toward a career
  • Make new friends from all over the country
  • Have fun!

You will receive hands-on experience using items from an EYF kit that we will send to you for free! The kit and interactive experiences are focused on increasing your knowledge of career choices. You learn about your interests and the skills required for success. Over the week with us, you will develop an understanding of the academic preparation or training required in each of these fields.

You'll work with student leaders in online small group settings to:

  • Determine your interests and learning styles
  • Develop decision-making skills
  • Build confidence
  • Develop personal awareness
  • Develop leadership skills and independence

Role models at EYF

Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing faculty and staff, and EYF orientation counselors serve as role models, introduce students to hands-on skills, provide exposure to new industries and much more.

Frequently Asked Questions

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You will receive an e-mail acceptance letter. Keep your eye on your e-mail!

Session I: July 11-14
Session II: July 18-21

All current high school sophomores and juniors are eligible to attend. If you have previously attended EYF, you may not attend again.

Explore Your Future 2021 will be offered online at no charge.

A computer or laptop with a webcam and an internet connection is required. Please ensure your Zoom software is fully updated. You can use your computer or a phone/tablet/ipad* with a webcam for our Monday-Wednesday activities.
*The Sunday welcome webinar will not be accessible via iPad.

For specific requirements, see Zoom and Flipgrid minimum device requirements.

Each day, you are in exciting online classes with planned activities with a group of 6-7 other students and the counselor assigned to your group.

There, you learn about different careers and discover what types of careers you are interested in.

In the late afternoon and evening, you may choose to participate in online social activities such as:

  • Talent shows
  • Group games
  • Zoom hangouts

All the activities are supervised and allow you to experience EYF to the fullest!

Explore Your Future 2021 will be offered to close to 200 students who participate in sessions I and II.

All students participating in the program will participate using Flipgrid, an online educational tool that is video based, and Zoom, a video conferencing software. Both Flipgrid and Zoom are available at no cost to you.

Explore Your Future is a career exploration program that focuses on career and personal awareness. The exploration activities promote an understanding of career options and the skills required for individuals to succeed in the career area that best matches their interests.

  • Students are assigned to groups, each of which is led by a career counselor. In these groups, students focus on topics related to their interests, learning styles, values and decision-making abilities. Each day students will watch career counseling videos and technical videos with hands-on activities.
  • Each student will complete various assessment tests targeted to help students determine career interests and learning styles.
  • In the evening, the students participate in a variety of activities such as a talent show, group games and much more! The orientation leaders will be involved and work together on these activities.

At the conclusion of the program, students complete a written summary of their experiences, which incorporates the counseling and career awareness information that is shared throughout the program. There are a series of assessments that guide students in figuring out their career interests as they prepare for their college journey.

On Monday, we will open the week with a Zoom webinar welcome everyone. From there, we will break out into our groups, have a meet-and-greet, and your assigned counselor will get your week started off right! Monday through Wednesday you will also be participating in three 45-minute activities designed to help you consider your interests, skill set, and possible college majors (and eventually, careers!). We will wrap up the week on Thursday having your final 1:1 with your career counselor – and then final goodbyes!

We will send you a schedule. An important note is that “check-in” for Session 1 is on Sunday, July 11, and Session II, Sunday July 18 where we will ensure you’re all set with your tech needs and have you meet your EYF career counselor for your 1:1. “Check-out” is on the following Thursday, and you will say your goodbyes to everyone and have your final 1:1 with your EYF career counselor.

Every day, you will have activities we ask you to complete by midnight PT (Pacific Time), and we will also offer fun (but optional) evening activities with your EYF peers!

We are not hosting our Health Care Career Exploration Program this year, but we will have a bonus virtual event with a panel of people who are deaf who work in the health care field. At this bonus event during EYF, you will be able to ask these health care professionals questions and learn more about their educational and career journeys. To learn more, reach out to us at eyfinfo@rit.edu.

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