STARS - Youth Services

STARS student at the MARTA station

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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 Camp, 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 Stephanie Pizza, Director for Children & Youth Services (BEGIN & STARS), at 404-602-4331.

STARS Program Registration 2018-19

STARS After-School Registration 2018-19

Registration Now Open for Summer Enrichment Program

We are offering summer programming for all STARS students Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for a total of four weeks in June. 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.

Registration Information

New Student Registration

Returning Student Registration

STARS Summer Enrichment Registration 2019

  • Week 1 - STARS & the Arts
  • Week 2 - STARS & the Arts
  • Week 3 - Sports & Recreation
  • Week 4 - ECC Week
  • $200 per week without transportation
  • $250 per week with transportation
  • *Program fee waiver available with supporting documentation
  • ​Deadline to register May 3rd

STARS Volunteer Opportunity for Teens

Students ages 12-18 are eligible to be summer buddy guides. Buddy guides serve as sighted guides and assistants to the blind and visually impaired youth during daily programming activities. Buddy guides are expected to be highly motivated and to serve as positive role models for STARS participants. Find your application here!

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