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2215 Park AvenueMinneapolis, MN 55404
Vision Screening volunteers helping a new Kindergartener match letters with the acuity chart (at Jefferson Elementary School in Minneapolis).


The Phillips Eye Institute’s Early Youth Eyecare (E.Y.E.) Community Initiative strives to remove vision problems as a major roadblock to learning by providing regular vision screenings and subsequent treatment services to Minneapolis and Saint Paul school children in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades. In addition to free screening services, E.Y.E. conducts comprehensive follow-up by working with families to identify and remove barriers to receiving treatment: offering interpreter services, free transportation, and paying for vision care for uninsured or underinsured children. E.Y.E. serves over 30,000 students annually, and engages 200-300 volunteer vision screeners to deliver the service each school year Vision Screeners provide a critical service by administering free vision screening to elementary school children in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Healthy vision is essential during early childhood when approximately 80% of a child’s learning is visual - if vision problems go undetected, it can have a negative impact on a child’s learning, behavior, and quality of life. Vision Screeners help to remove vision issues as a major roadblock to learning - allowing every child the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. Major Responsibilities Administer comprehensive vision screening to children in grades K, 1, 3, 5 and 6 including: screening for color blindness, external eye abnormalities, proper alignment, and basic vision acuity screening. Communicate one-on-one with children in a friendly, calm manner to put them at ease and explain what they will be doing. Work with the Vision Screening team (typically 3-4 volunteers and one E.Y.E. program staff) to ensure the screening is accurate, efficient, and professional.

Training is required for all volunteers. Volunteers need to attend only one training session.
Wednesday September 6th 9:30 AM
Thursday September 7th 6:00 PM
Wednesday September 27th 6:30 PM
All training is located at the Phillips Eye Institute, 2215 Park Ave S.

More training dates will be added as needed.


  • Child Development
  • Healthcare
  • People Skills
  • Youth Services
  • Community Outreach
  • Children Medical Services

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Shifts take place during regular school hours
  • Must be comfortable with and enjoy working one-on-one with children from a diverse student populatio

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