In UCF’s third year working with and housing Lighthouse Central Florida Youth Services, more than 50 high school age youth stayed in the Lake Claire Courtyard Apartments where they participated in an educational life skills training program.

Lighthouse Central Florida Youth Services provides an assortment of programs to sight-impaired teenagers. These programs provide students the tools they need to lead fulfilling independent lives. Students developed skills in areas like shopping, cooking, cleaning and navigating stairs.

According to their website, Lighthouse Central Florida provides life-changing services for blind and sight-impaired babies, children, teens, adults, seniors and their families in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. Since 1976, Lighthouse has served more than 140,000 Central Floridians through rehabilitation and education.

Tamara Jones, assistant director for Housing and Residence Life, has been working with Lighthouse Central Florida for the past three years. She says, “We are pleased to be able to offer them the apartment spaces at Lake Claire again this year. It is a great opportunity for the Lighthouse students and a great partnership for UCF.”

The Department of Housing and Residence Life is in the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services.