Envision Level Up Program | Youth Support
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We will see you next summer for Level Up 2023!

High School Conference

Sunday, June 18 – Saturday, June 24, 2023


Middle School Program

Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14, 2023


A BVI envision level up student with a mentor/teacher doing welding at WSU Go Create. Blue and orange sparks are flying and they are wearing protective masks and gown.

CONNECT • ENGAGE • ACT

Gaining independence as you transition into adulthood is important. For students who are blind and visually impaired (B/VI), Envision offers an energetic and valuable program where students:

CONNECT with instructors and peers to learn to use Assistive Technology (AT); ENGAGE in fun and inspirational activities with friends from all across the US; ACT to help bridge the digital divide as students advance their education and prepare for transition to higher education and/or employment.

What is the Level Up program?

Developed in 2006 to address the learning gap between students who are blind and visually impaired and their sighted peers, the Level Up Program partners with teachers, families, assistive technology professionals, community professionals, colleges and universities to guide students as they set goals and achieve success. This comprehensive national program provides access to ongoing support and resources for students who are blind or visually impaired at every stage of their education. 

The Level Up Chat, monthly virtual meetings, allows students to network with one another, ask questions about their technology, learn about new devices and how to advocate for their needs in the classroom. 

Level Up Studies offers in-person and remote tutoring for academic support as needed. 

Our weeklong residential programs provide an immersive hands-on experience for students from across the United States. 

The Middle School Program works to promote academic success by developing independence, success skills and leadership, while students learn more about assistive technology. 

The High School Conference elevates these skills and prepare students to transition successfully to college and career.

Two female BVI students at Level Up in culinary class putting together a baking recipe behind a kitchen at WSU

Middle School

Learn, Grow and Advance Skills

In collaboration with Butler Community College, students receive critical mentorships and encouragement to build independence. In addition to offering sessions that increase technological literacy and assistive technology skills, students engage in activities to improve interpersonal communication, leadership and success skills. We work with students, their families and teachers to ensure students have the tools they need to be successful in the classroom and beyond.

Students attending the Middle School Program experience:

  • Inspirational Speakers
  • Technology Labs
  • STEAM Workshops
  • Leadership Development
  • Success Skills
  • Organizational & Study Skills

High School 

Excel, Aspire and Achieve

The Level Up High School Conference, in collaboration with Wichita State University, is designed to provide additional support for college/career transition for high school students from across the United States. We want students to gain independence and have the confidence to set and achieve their goals. By bringing students with vision loss together, this event helps them to CONNECT, ENGAGE and ACT on what they learn; it sets the stage for their success in the world today.  

This conference includes:

  • Inspirational Speakers
  • Technology Labs
  • STEAM Workshops
  • Leadership Development
  • Success Skills
  • Interview Skills

Level Up Supports Education!

Envision incorporates aspects of all nine core areas of Expanded Core Curriculum within the weeklong Level Up Conference.

Hands-on STEAM sessions provide students a unique opportunity to explore potential career fields led by professionals currently working in that field, supporting the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS).

Who is eligible?

Students eligible for the Middle School Program typically have completed sixth grade. We do work with families and teachers on a case-by-case basis. Should you have a student who will be entering sixth grade, who you feel would benefit from attending, please contact us at programs@envisionus.com for more information. 

Students interested in attending the High School Conference must have completed ninth grade and continue to be eligible to attend through the summer following their exit from district services, by either graduating or completing a transition program. 

Both programs are designed to maximize our time with the students and to provide a positive experience where they can learn and grow. Students attending residential programs must be able to meet their own physical and personal hygiene needs. The schedule is packed with fun and engaging learning opportunities from beginning to end.

Students who are BVI sitting in a computer lab during an Envision Level Up Cybersecurity class

Contact Programs Staff

Level Up Support and More Information

How do students participate?

Students can register to participate in Level Up by contacting programs@envisionus.com. They will be added to our distribution list for ongoing programming. Summer Program Registration includes all course work, housing, meals and activities. Registration for students interested in attending either of our summer residential programs will be available soon!  

$500 for Kansas residents | $1500 for Out-of-State students


What follows Level Up?

Envision’s College Success Program (CSP) for students who are blind or have low vision will give you the support you need as you navigate your college journey. Explore CSP to learn more about what our program has to offer!