[nabs-l] High school outreach

Antonio Guimaraes aguimaraes at nbp.org
Fri May 15 16:25:10 UTC 2009


Angela,

NABS has tried the mentoring thing before, and maybe even still does it for 
convention attendees.

It hasn't historically worked well to my knowledge, because I think, we as 
an organization don't define mentoring the way that it should be defined, 
and a program conducted.

I will expand on what i mean on a later post, but mentoring is more than 
here is the mentor, and the mentee/student, you guys go do your thing.

there needs to be a defined set of goals and expectations for the mentoring 
relationship, and you don't mentor someone by sitting next to them at a 
meeting for one evening.

Just my thoughts,

Antonio M. Guimaraes Jr.

ReadBooks Coordinator
National Braille Press
888 965-8965, ext 40.
aguimaraes at nbp.org

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Angela fowler" <fowlers at syix.com>
To: "'National Association of Blind Students mailing list'" 
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 5:55 PM
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] High school outreach


>I love the idea of a mentoring program like the one you guys are talking
> about. I think, however, that these programs are best handled by the
> individual state divisions. How can NABS encourage the states to put
> something like this together?
> Just thinking about California, and how we could best enact this
> plan. The first thing we would need is a list of all the colleges and
> universities in the state, and how many blind students attend each one. 
> Then
> we would have to contact these students and, maybe also offering them some
> incentive, determine whether or not they would be willing to participate 
> in
> the program. Then we would need to compile a database of the people who 
> are
> willing. Once that is done, we market, market, market the program to high
> school juniors and seniors throughout the state. When high schoolers are 
> in
> need of a mentor, they contact us, we pair them with someone, and then
> follow up with both parties to make sure all is going well.
> What do you guys think?
> Angela
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On 
> Behalf
> Of Liz Bottner
> Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 1:00 PM
> To: 'National Association of Blind Students mailing list'
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] High school outreach
>
> Hi,
>
> I think this is an amazing idea. I'd be willing to help in any way that I
> can.
>
> Liz
>
> email:
> liz.bottner at gmail.com
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