FBC’s Trailblazers Program is a series of week-long events for young adult students to build their confidence and to challenge them to grow beyond their own limitations.

In 2021, 12 high school students with vision loss hiked down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and spent nine days rafting the rapids of the Colorado River. They trained with sighted guides for six months, and faced every challenge the canyon threw at them. In 2022, students participated in the Trailblazers program in Flagstaff, AZ, that was filled with adventure and new challenges. They also participated in a trip to Washington D.C. where they learned about the history of disability rights, advocacy for today and the future, and how to navigate public transportation in a dense metropolitan area.

Students have the opportunity to gain skills in the areas of teamwork, leadership, communication, overcoming adversity, and self-awareness.

Photo of boat navigating the Colorado River with the Trailblazer team.
Trailblazers student caught in the action while adventuring down the Colorado River. Paddling hard to keep the boat on course.
Image of five FBC students, members of Trailblazers, posing in front of the Lincoln Memorial while on their Washington DC trip.


Trailblazers is a program for high school aged students. To be eligible to apply, you must be an active client with Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

For more info on the program or how to join, contact Melanie Audet

For more information, please contact our

Manager Transition Services | Melanie Audet

Direct: 520-344-3486

Or email us using the form below.

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