[Colorado-talk] Fwd: NCBYS: An Opportunity for High School Students to Step Up as Mentors and Leaders

Cody Bair codyjbair at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 17 22:28:45 UTC 2014

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> From: "Shaheen, Natalie" <NShaheen at nfb.org>
> Date: June 17, 2014 at 6:54:45 AM EDT
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> Cc: "Lewis, Anil" <ALewis at nfb.org>
> Subject: NCBYS: An Opportunity for High School Students to Step Up as Mentors and Leaders
> NABS Board:
> We need your help! We have extended the deadline for high school students applying to attend NFB STEM2U this upcoming school year because we did not receive quite the response we were looking for. I can think of two possible reasons for the low response rate: 1) the application deadline is pretty early (per our normal promotion routines); 2) it may not be clear to the students that you can come to these programs from anywhere in the country (in other words you do not need to live in MD, MA, or OH (where the programs will be held) in order to attend). Now that we have extended the deadline we are doubling down on promotional efforts.
> How you can help: reach out to any high school students that you know personally, push this information out through your social media channels, promote the program in any way you can think of.
> Below the dashes under my signature is the contents of the promotional email that we will be pushing out. Please feel free to use that verbiage in your efforts to help with recruitment. 
> These programs are funded by a federal grant so it is even more crucial than normal that we hit our target for number of participants. If you have any questions about how you can help or other matters related to this program, please feel free to write. You may also call/text my cell phone (614-327-5100).
> Thank you in advance for your help! I know this is a very busy time! I’m looking forward to seeing all of you at the convention!
> Yours in the Federation,
> Natalie Shaheen
> Natalie L. Shaheen, MEd
> Director of Education
> Jernigan Institute
> --------------------------------------------------------
> Attention blind and low vision high school students:
> Have you heard that this coming school year the National Federation of the Blind is facilitating exciting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs across the country! These programs are particularly exciting for high school students, as they will provide you with the opportunity to step up into the role of mentor and leader for younger blind students.
> Being a mentor is a fun and rewarding opportunity! You likely know, from your own experience, how much of a difference a mentor can make in your life. Did you know the experience can be just as impactful for the mentor as it is for the mentee?
> High school students who participate in the NFB STEM2U programs will attend a Leadership Academy this September to prepare for their work as mentors and leaders at the regional programs later in the year. That’s two programs in one year and no registration fee to boot!
> **The application deadline for high school students has been extended to June 30, 2014.** Don’t miss your opportunity to capitalize on this great experience!
> LEARN MORE and APPLY before June 30, 2014!
> Program Dates:
> ·       NFB STEM2U Leadership Academy; September 5-7, 2014 (a special event for high-school-aged participants)
> ·       NFB STEM2U Baltimore (MD); November 6-8, 2014   
> ·       NFB STEM2U Boston (MA); March 12-15, 2015         
> ·       NFB STEM2U Columbus (OH); May 14-16, 2015
> Do you live in a state other than Maryland, Massachusetts, or Ohio? No problem! You can apply to attend the programs as long as you live in the United States!
> If you have questions, please contact Natalie Shaheen by email at STEM at nfb.org or by phone at (410) 659-9314, extension 2312.
> This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under
> Grant No. 1322855.
> P.S. If you know blind or low vision elementary school students or teachers who work with blind students, be sure to tell them about the programs, too! Their applications are due July 31!
>  I wanted to pass this along in case it is of interest to anyone.


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