Ready to Take Center Stage Like many high school seniors, Amy Bosko eagerly anticipates college. The outgoing 17-year-old dreams of studying musical theater and becoming a voice teacher. Thanks to the Lions, Bosko, who has been blind since birth due to congenital cataracts with secondary glaucoma, is ready for independent campus life. Last summer Bosko—who won the 2010-11 Lions International Essay Contest— spent eight weeks at Blind, Inc.’s Post-secondary Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP) in Minneapolis with an $8,000 scholarship from the Naperville Noon Lions in Illinois. The program prepares blind high school students for college and beyond through a comprehensive curriculum that includes taking public transportation, doing household chores, being employed and using adaptive technology. Bosko had goals in mind. “I was hoping to get better at getting places on my own. The instructors took us to Mall of America and had us find our own way in groups—they really threw us out there. It was more fun than scary to figure things out,” Bosko says. While living in a dorm with roommates, Bosko gained experience in another area for college: cooking. “We made spaghetti, tacos, chicken. I learned to tell if meat was done by touching it—no special equipment needed!” Bosko is most grateful for the boost PREP gave her. She has fearlessly belted out songs and acted in school productions including “Grease,” (pictured) but Bosko is on her way to bigger stages. She explains, “It was a great shove in the right direction. I can be more of an advocate for myself in college. I can’t wait!” Digital LION Read Bosko’s winning essay on the “Power of Peace.” Lions, has your club heard from a recipient of your service or charity? Tell us about the feedback you’ve received from those whose lives you’ve changed for the better. Email us a brief description to firstname.lastname@example.org to us and please include “Thank You” in the subject line.
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