The 2012 National Convention Youth Track

The national convention of the National Federation of the Blind is always jam-packed with exciting activities; this year Dallas will be no different. If you are between the ages of eleven and eighteen, or are bringing a young person to convention who is, you should definitely partake in the Youth Track activities. The Youth Track is a group of activities within the convention agenda that are specifically designed for young people—activities that foster positive attitudes about blindness and encourage social interactions among the blind youth and successful blind adult mentors.

This year the Youth Track will consists of twelve activities spread across six days. In some of the activities the whole group will stay together, while in others the group will be divided into 11- to 14-year-olds and 14- to 18-year-olds. All of these high-energy activities will be interactive.

The Youth Track will open on Saturday morning, June 30, with a creative problem-solving activity called “Balloon Build or Bust.” Activities will continue throughout Saturday, and will include opportunities for creative expression and explorations of NFB “Popular Culture,”  and FederationBook. (the social media network you may not have heard of). Throughout the rest of the week the youth will have the opportunity to participate in activities where they will explore the Federation, socialize, recreate, and put on their creative writing caps.

Please check back often for updates as some of the activities will have limited space and thus will require registration. For more information and for questions please contact Meleah Jensen at 410-659-9314 extension 2418 or

2012 National Convention Youth Track
Sponsored by the NFB Jernigan Institute

For questions about Youth Track activities during convention, contact Meleah Jensen by calling (410) 929-4632.

Saturday, June 30:

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Balloon Build or Bust and announcements about Youth Track Activities scheduled for later in the convention
Madrid Room, Tower mezzanine—ages 11-14
Manchester Room, Tower mezzanine—ages 14-18

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.—YOUTH TRACK SESSIONS (AGES 11-14)
Madrid Room, Tower mezzanine
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.—Show the world what you want them to know about blindness; an art activity.
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.—Tell the world what you want them to know about blindness; record your thoughts on video.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.—Federation Scavenger Hunt

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.—YOUTH TRACK SESSIONS (AGES 14-18)
Manchester Room, Tower mezzanine
1:30 -3:00 p.m.—Federation Pop Culture and Stars of the NFB Scavenger Hunt
3:00 - 3:45 p.m.—Federationbook: Look at the Federationbook page of one of our leaders, and then make your own.
3:45 - 4:30 p.m.—Tell the world what you want them to know about blindness; record your thoughts on video.

Sunday, July 1:

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.—Writers Workshop
Madrid Room, Tower mezzanine

Monday, July 2:

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.—Division Meet and Greet
Steuben Room, Atrium mezzanine

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.:

De Soto A Room, West wing—Ages 11-14
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.—Self-Defense Class
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.—Dance

De Soto B Room, West wing—Ages 14-18
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.—Dance
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.—Self-Defense Class

Tuesday, July 3:

6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Off-site dinner at Sal’s Pizza for both age groups—cost to attend is $20, which covers the cost of dinner and transportation.  Each participant must have a signed release form before they can board the bus. Participation in this event is first-come-first-served as space is limited.
Parallel General Sessions
Manchester Room, Tower Mezzanine

Wednesday, July 4:

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 5:

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.