Mission: The goal of Y.E.S. (Youth Eyecare Services) Vision and Literacy initiative is to identify students with visual impairments, to eliminate or correct them and promote literacy through outreach efforts, community partnerships and rehabilitative services.
Results: To date we have screened 1588 students of which 496 were referred to an optometrist for further evaluation. We have provided a complete pair of eye glasses for 225 of these students.
Target demographics: provide services to members of our communities specifically targeting children with the goal of enhancing student performance and their chances for success
Direct beneficiaries per year: and have screened 1588 students of which 496 were referred to an optometrist for further evaluation. We have provided a complete pair of eye glasses for 225 of these students since January 2014
Geographic areas served: Central Florida
Programs: 1st Veterans’ Kids Care housing programs provide services for the children and families of veterans. We will also help veterans by providing guidance for them throughout the process of receiving housing assistance with the goal being independent living.The Vision and Literacy Program, established by Y.E.S., Youth Eyecare Services, will provide vision evaluations to members of communities specifically targeting children with the goal of enhancing student performance and their chances for success. The Vision and Literacy Initiative will provide vision evaluations specifically targeting children with the goal of enhancing student performance and their chances for success. Y.E.S. will: identify children with vision problems, provide vision exams by a licensed optometrist, provide eyewear at no cost for children, provide follow up and measure the impact the vision intervention has on improvements in literacy.
A great non profit organization that was started from a child inspiration Anton Cardinal and his father took a dream and made it to reality. They are dedicated in helping military families and have many programs such as their Vision Screening and literacy initiative that is dedicated in identifying vision problems and provide eye wear to low to middle income families and families of those who serve.
During the 2014 Memorial Day celebration at Full Sail University I helped the members of 1st Veterans' Kids Care provide information to the students who are veterans that attend the school. The students appreciated the information that was accumulated to help their families navigate the maze of organizations and benefits that they need to know about Transitional Housing, Home Buying Assistance, Conventional Housing Loan Workshops, Credit Counseling and Financial Advising. Also 1st Veterans’ Kids Care has a Vision and Literacy Initiative, Y.E.S. will provide vision screenings for children of veterans and their families who are in need of optometric services and to provide products at an affordable price. Y.E.S. will provide vision evaluations to children in our communities and will provide an initial screening for children and will make available a wide assortment of affordable products for purchase.