Release Date: 
Friday, January 5, 2007
John G. Paré Jr.
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2371
(410) 913-3912 (Cell)

UPS Foundation Delivers Support for Youth Slam and Volunteer Infrastructure Program

$130,000 Grant Will Support Blind Youth Across the Country

Baltimore, Maryland (January 5, 2007): The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, a center of excellence run by the blind for the blind, announced today that The UPS Foundation will provide support for both the 2007 National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Youth Slam, a four-day academy for blind youth at Johns Hopkins University, and the NFB’s Volunteer Infrastructure Program.

Planned for the summer of 2007, the historic Youth Slam will be the largest gathering of blind youth ever. This four-day academy will engage and inspire the next generation of blind youth to consider careers that were falsely believed to be impossible for blind people to enter. While staying at Johns Hopkins University, youth will be mentored by blind role models during fun, challenging, and inspiring activities meant to stretch the imagination, build confidence, and increase science literacy.

“With the support of generous partners like The UPS Foundation, the Youth Slam will be able to provide an opportunity for more blind youth than ever before to experience the study of science in new and exciting ways. The knowledge gained from such programs will benefit blind students nationwide, and will lead to the blind being more broadly represented in the scientific community of the future,” said Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind.

“Giving back to the communities is an important part of UPS’s culture that is embraced by our employees through volunteerism, making donations, and sharing their intellectual capital,” said Evern Cooper Epps, president of The UPS Foundation and vice president of UPS corporate relations. “Together with nonprofit partners such as the National Federation of the Blind, we work to make a positive impact on the lives of people in need.”

The 2007 Youth Slam will take place from July 30 to August 4 at Johns Hopkins University. For more information about participating in this historic event, please contact Mark Riccobono at 410-659-9314, extension 2368, or visit