The Next Generation of Blind and Low-vision Youth Need You!

Once upon a time, when we first learned Peanut’s retinas were detached and our world had changed overnight, I found the NFB’s “Where the Blind Work” page online, and it has made all the difference.  Simply sharing your story can radically change someone’s life–our family is here as proof of that.  If you have time and inclination, you, too, can change the world, one person at a time, through volunteering with the NFB’s CAREER Mentoring Program.  More information below.

From the mailbag:

National Federation of the Blind Career Mentoring program

Blind and low-vision youth need exposure to positive blind role models who demonstrate a genuine belief in them and in their natural abilities. Here is a wonderful opportunity for you to give back to the next generation and to help them achieve their full potential.

We are actively recruiting successful independent blind or low-vision adults. Go to https://nfb.org/mentorapplication and sign up to become a mentor.

Through guidance and example, you can help raise expectations and teach blind youth the practical strategies of how to access resources and to acquire skills for success.

If you are willing to share your life experiences, to teach tips and tools for living independently, to assist blind youth to become better self-advocates, the National Federation of the Blind Career Mentoring Program offers you a golden opportunity to give back.

Our NFB Career Mentoring program provides a framework of training and support that will empower you to be a successful mentor to an aspiring blind or low-vision youth. We will host several fun educational activities that allow the mentor/mentee relationships to
grow. If you do not feel you have the time, remember that in many instances, a phone call, an email, or a text may be a life changing interaction.

In addition to having the opportunity to positively impact the life of a young blind person, you will also be able to improve your own skills, and to expand your personal/professional networks.

For more information, check out the article in the April issue of the Braille Monitor, entitled “Changing Attitudes Regarding Education, Employment, and Rehabilitation through the National Federation of the Blind CAREER Mentoring program:”
https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm18/bm1804/bm180414.htm

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want, blindness is not what holds you back.

Maurice Peret
Coordinator of Career Mentoring Programs
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, extension 2350| MPeret@nfb.org

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