Future Reflections  Fall 2006

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Where will your teen be on July 30, 2007?
How about Baltimore, Maryland, at the biggest and best event for blind youth EVER?!
Announcing the National Federation of the Blind

Youth Slam
A 2007 STEM Leadership Academy

Applications are now available; donít miss out! Find the latest information on the
2007 NFB Youth Slam by visiting www.blindscience.org

What: The largest gathering of blind youth ever! This four-day academy will engage and inspire the next generation of blind youth to consider careers they never dreamed possible for blind people to enter. Youth will stay in dormitories at the Johns Hopkins University under the supervision and mentorship of a cadre of well-trained blind youth counselors. These role models and mentors will work in partnership with such STEM agencies and institutions as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering to engage the youth in exciting, challenging, and inspiring activities meant to stretch the imagination, build confidence, and increase science literacy.

The NFB Youth Slam will culminate in an inspiring rally at Baltimoreís Inner Harbor and a celebration at the center of innovation in the field of blindness--the NFB Jernigan Institute.

When: July 30-August 4, 2007. This includes two travel days.

Where: Baltimore, Maryland

Why: The NFB Youth Slam will shatter some of the most significant barriers and misconceptions currently limiting blind youth. First, the Slam will break the relative isolation of blind youth; it will show blind youth that it is respectable to be blind. Second, it will expose blind youth to STEM fields in a way that powerfully demonstrates that these fields, and other challenging fields, are open to them. Third, the Slam will create a greater understanding among parents, teachers, and the general public that blind people can learn and excel in STEM subjects and careers.

Who: Two hundred blind or low vision youth who will be entering high school in the fall of 2007, who are currently in high school, or who graduate from high school in the spring of 2007.

Youth need not have a strong interest in science-related careers to fully participate, enjoy, and benefit from this unique experience.

How: Eligible students need to complete an application by March 1, 2007. Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so early applications are strongly encouraged. Applicants who are accepted to the NFB Youth Slam will be expected to pay a $200.00 registration fee to complete the application process. The registration fee is NOT required at the time of application to the Slam. The registration fee ensures the student will receive air and ground transportation, room and board, and access to all Slam activities and materials (valued at $3,000.00). Any other incidental costs, such as souvenirs, will need to be covered by the student. Local NFB chapters will be available to assist students in raising the registration fee if needed.

MENTORS NEEDED! Applications are also available for those interested in being mentors during this historic program. Mentors who pass the first phase of the screening process will be subject to a background check prior to being selected. Mentors selected to serve as role models for this important event will have all of their travel, room, and board expenses covered.

Applications are now available; donít miss out! Find the latest information on the 2007 NFB Youth Slam by visiting www.blindscience.org

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