YS Student Work & Academic Growth

A young woman sitting behind a computer monitor in an office.The Student Work and Academic Growth (SWAG) work-study program for blind or visually impaired youth is accepting applications.

SWAG students work part-time while taking college courses and practicing independent living.

Compensation: $15.00 per hour. DSB covers college expenses including tuition, fees, textbooks, housing, initial food stipend, and bus pass.


Blind/visually impaired youth, ages 18 to 21, residing in Washington state.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S. 
  • Have acceptable levels of adaptive skills of blindness for independent living. 
  • Must be a high school graduate, or passed GED, AND completed at least one college-level course.
  • Previous employment experience a plus. 


Eastern Washington University (EWU) for classes; and Cheney and Spokane for employment. Off-campus housing in Cheney.


June 20 to August 16, 2019. Students will receive employment training, mobility, and class preparation June 20 through June 22.  

  • Classes begin June 24; end August 16.  
  • Employment begins July 1; ends August 16.


Complete a SWAG application along with your resume and cover letter. Return by postal mail to:

Washington State Department of Services for the Blind
ATTN: Debbie Brown
421 W. Riverside, #830
Spokane, WA  99201
Applications due by January 31, 2019.

For more information or to request an application, please contact Debbie at 509-456-2933.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) DSB’s SWAG program will make reasonable accommodations during any and all phases of the selection process for individuals with a disability. Please contact Debbie Brown to request accommodations.

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