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A young boy hugging a yellow Lab K9 Buddy dog; both have ear-to-ear grins.

Youth Programs

While our primary guide dog programs serve adults, Guide Dogs for the Blind also seeks out ways to engage youth who are blind or visually impaired wherever possible. We have several FREE programs that provide youth and their families an opportunity to explore the guide dog lifestyle starting at a young age.

A family - mom, dad, and two kids - in front of a GDB vehicle with their K9 Buddy.

K9 Buddy Program: Matches specially selected dogs to become wonderful pets and buddies.

K9 Buddy Program
A young boy sitting next to a black Lab guide dog.

Ready, Set, Forward: Virtual workshops for youth, their families, and blindness professionals.

Ready, Set, Forward!
A group of youth campers shown on a hike in front of a waterfall.

Camp GDB: An annual summer camp for youth and young adults (14+) to learn more about the guide dog lifestyle.

Camp GDB
A participant in Camp GDB takes a walk with a guide dog and guide dog mobility instructor.

Guide Dog Lifestyle Workshops: Hands-on workshops for youth interested in guide dog mobility.

Lifestyle Workshops

Meet Elena - a GDB grad who participated in our youth programs

This video is audio described and closed captioned.

Read a full transcript of the Elena's video.

Cane or Canine?

Please check out a webinar presented by California School for the Blind, featuring GDB's O&M Services Manager, Marc Gillard, and GDB Orientation & Mobility Program Specialist Angela Smith. 

Tuesday Tea by California School for the Blind: To Cane or Canine?

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