[nabs-l] High school outreach

Angela fowler fowlers at syix.com
Sat May 16 02:12:24 UTC 2009


Thanks, (smile) 

-----Original Message-----
From: nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
Of Aziza C
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 5:51 PM
To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] High school outreach

Nicely stated Angela!

On 5/15/09, Angela fowler <fowlers at syix.com> wrote:
> Antonio,
> Trust me, I wouldn't have someone sit down in a meeting with someone 
> for an hour and call that mentoring. That's casual acquaintenceship.
> 	You say a mentoring program historically hasn't worked? How was it 
> implemented? Was it run by the national organization, or by the 
> individual states? Did it fail because of lack of funds? Poor 
> managing? Lack of available mentors/students? There's a hundred ways a
program could fail.
> Manage things a bit differently, and you might have a whole different 
> outcome.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On 
> Behalf Of Antonio Guimaraes
> Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 9:25 AM
> To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] High school outreach
>
> 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
>> Visit my livejournal:
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>> Consider helping blind and visually impaired Delaware students in the 
>> March for Independence:
>>
> http://www.marchforindependence.org/site/TR/walk/General?team_id=2830&
> pg=tea
>> m&fr_id=1050
>>
>>
>>
>>
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