[Nmabs] a few thoughts.

Darian Smith dsmithnfb at gmail.com
Sun Sep 19 18:43:18 UTC 2010

hello all,
   I   recently attended a state convention where  my role was to help
 organize their student division.  While I was there,  i started to
think about  the nature of leadership in our student divisions.
 Our student  divisions are  not only great ways to learn about the
philosiphy or the organization and a good way to develop our
leadership skills as we look to be more assertive in life ( with
obvious focus on student life),  but a way that we can positivly
impact others in the way that we  all were impacted as  students when
we first started  in the NFB.
 One of the things that the division had that I wish other divisions
had was a  connection to some of the outfits that service students in
their state.  One thing the division did not  have  was organization.
  being organized enables youto tap into your contacts, or if  you
don't have contacts;  develop contacts. once you organize and develop
you can reach more people and when it's time for that board  to move
past being students; they can have a  next generation of leaders to
step into their role; and that is sustainable leadership to me.
  I understand that things may not be so simple right now-  and so
goes life  as a student (we all know how that goes), but one thing
that we can do is try to develop oppertunities to meet new students
and introduce them to the NFB and hopefully get them involved in
 I don't know  if there is any way that  a meet the blind month event
can include a seminar put on by the students for  students and maybe
even in  partnership with the parents division?
  I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter and  dialog on the
  let me know  what  you are all thinking and I hope to hear from you all soon!
   I hope all is well.

Darian Smith
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