Youth Track

In addition to NFB childcare, youth ages 11-18 are invited to participate in special NFB Youth Track activities. Youth track welcomes blind 11-18-year-olds, and also any sighted siblings in this age group. There is no additional fee for youth track. It is included as part of the NOPBC registration.    docxYouth_Track.docx

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2017 NOPBC Youth Track

Live the Life You Want


Welcome to the 2017 NOPBC Youth Track! 


We are so excited that you are taking part in this year’s Youth Track and have created sessions that we hope that you find not only informative but where you will meet new friends, become more confident and independent and have a lot of fun.


In this packet, you will find the agenda for the Youth Track events along with the times and locations.  Some of these sessions may seem a bit daunting or even not up your alley – but we would ask that you come along anyway and you may find that you really enjoyed a session that you thought wouldn’t be cool at all!


So, bring your cane, your positivity and your open mind for a great Youth Track in Orlando! Don’t have a cane? That’s okay – we will have a cane bank there for you to use for Youth Track sessions.  

Sessions are open to all blind and low vision students, children of blind adults and sighted siblings aged 11-18 unless stated differently in description. 


Monday, July 10


11:00 – 12:15 a.m. A Little Bit About Me

Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2

This first session of the Youth Track will be where we all get to brag about where we come from!  Every Youth Track brings students from all over the world and what better way to get to know each other than meeting up to talk about where you come from?  Let’s talk about what you love about your State – if you’re from Hawaii, maybe it’s the weather….or from Alaska, maybe it’s the snow!  If you’re able, bring along something that represents your State to share. 

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch Break

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Let’s Talk Tech

Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2

This year we will be learning about technology and how it can play a major role in not only your academics but also your social outlook as well. Whether you are new to technology or you are a full-fledged tech genius, come along and share what you know with others.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Social Media 101

Whether you are a Facebook fanatic or you still think that Tweets are only things that birds do – this session is for everyone!  We will talk about setting up Facebook and Twitter accounts, how to make sure you are being safe on social media, how to make posts or tweets, what information is good to share and what information is not, and how to follow groups like the NFB or NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND STUDENTS on social media so you can keep up with everything.  This session is designed for all levels of technology skills. 

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Technology and Social Media

How many times throughout the Convention do you post something to Facebook about the amazing time you are having?  Maybe you have never tweeted about being at Convention but all of your friends have but you aren’t sure about how to Tweet.  Either way – we are all going to learn together!  We will work in this session on learning how to use technology to let the world know everything Convention.  Would you would like to learn how to take a picture with an IPhone or IPad –or – maybe you’d like to know how to make a Facebook post where you can tag all of your new friends.  This session is designed as a hands on session.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk

clip_image004.pngImage: Five students walking together at Convention, canes in hand.

It’s time to put those new technology skills to good use!  Let’s start Tweeting and Posting.  We will be going around the hotel taking pictures, posting and Tweeting about the new friends that you’ve made or the great time you had so far.  If you’re a social media ace – then why not come along with us and help someone who may be new to the social media game?

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. NOPBC Family Hospitality

Panzacola Ballroom H-2, Level 1


6:30 – 8:00 p.m. To Be or Not To Be Blind…That is the Question

Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2

Come out tonight to delve more into how you communicate your blindness to others around you and to society as a whole.  This will be a great philosophy discussion and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.

8:00 – 11:00 p.m. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLIND STUDENTS Social (Ages 14-18)

Wekiwa 7, Level 2

8:00 – 10:00 p.m. It’s Cool to be in Middle School!

Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2

Welcome to all students in middle school for a night to mix and mingle – or in Middle School language – Chillaxin.  If you are in Middle School, then come out for a night of meeting other middle schoolers, music, dancing, snacks and socializing!

Tuesday, July 11th


9:00 – 12:00 p.m. Looking Good and Feeling Good

Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2


Want to learn how to put on make-up and look like a movie star? How about learning how to use an electric razor to shape up that facial hair, guys?  Want to know how to shop online and learn about the latest fashion trends?  This will be a hands on session for sure as we will be learning how to apply make-up, how to take care of your skin, how to style your hair and much more! 

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. NOPBC Youth Style Show (Rehearsal 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Style Show begins at 2:45 p.m.)

Wekiwa 8, Level 2

What better place to be if you are looking and feeling good than the Youth Style Show?  We will be working with you on how to own that runway so why not sign up to show off your style?  Not the runway type?  Get out those cameras and practice those technology skills that you learned yesterday!  We will need people to post pictures and videos on our Facebook page and Twitter feed!  Come out to support your new and old friends in this fantastic event.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Youth Track Mocktail Party

Wekiwa 1, Level 2

Keep those trendy duds on and wear that smile that you had on the runway because we are inviting you to attend the Mocktail Party of the century!  Come out to meet some of the Board of Directors for the NFB and blind professionals.  This is a great chance to get to meet the Directors that will be running the Board meeting tomorrow. 

6:00 – 10:30 p.m. National Association of Blind Students (NABS) Meeting

Panzacola Ballroom, G-1, Level 1

6:00 p.m. Registration

Students, young professionals, parents, teachers and anyone interested in learning about issues affecting blind students are welcome and encouraged to attend. It promises to be not only informative, but fun too!  


Wednesday, July 12th


Exhibit Hall and Independence Market Opens

Sebastian Ballrooms K and L, Level 1


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. NFB Board of Director’s Meeting

Sebastian Ballrooms I and J, Level 1


Remember meeting some of the Director’s last night at the Mocktail party?  Please come out to the Board of Director’s meeting to learn about how the NFB is fighting for blind individuals to live the lives they want.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch


1:00 – 4:00 p.m. What the heck is Elephant Toothpaste? (and how big would an elephant’s toothbrush be anyway???)

Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2

Come along and find out……..this is all things STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Tip or Grip?

Which end of your cane do you think holds the most bacteria?  Let’s put your theory to the test – we will be testing both the tip and grip of canes to examine how much bacteria is really on each end!

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Talking LabQuest

We all know how cold that ballroom is at the beginning of General Session – but let’s test out the real temperature before over 2,000 of us enter that room to what it is at the end of General Session.  Or let’s go test the PH balance of the swimming pool at the hotel.  Come and check out the Talking LabQuest!

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Elephant Toothpaste

What’s better than to end this session with a bit of chemistry?!  Come on out to the parking lot area to test out some Elephant Toothpaste!


4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Dinner

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Braille Book Fair

Panzacola Ballroom H-2, Level 1


5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Dating 101 (for students 14 and up)

Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2

Image: Two students dancing at Convention.

Ever wonder about how you are supposed to make eye contact with someone from across the room when you are at a dance or party at school?  Wondered how you are supposed to pick up your prom date when you can’t drive?  Come on out to Dating 101 where we can talk about how to gain that confidence and those skills to meet the girl/boy of your dreams!

8:00 – 10:00 p.m. What does it mean to be blind?

Wekiwa 1 and 2, Level 2

What does your blindness mean to you?  Is it part of who you are and something that you embrace or is it something that you wish you didn’t have to “deal with” every day?  We are holding an art session where you can express what your blindness means to you as a young adult. 

Thursday, July 13th


7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sibling Rivalry

Wekiwa 1, Level 2

This session is designed just for the siblings of blind students.  How is convention not just for your blind brother or sister but for you as well?  Let’s get together to talk about how this convention is packed full of things for you to do as a sibling. Come on out for a great night of chillaxing and chat!

8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Unconventional Convention Scavenger Hunt

Wekiwa 1, Level 2

There won’t be anything conventional about this Convention scavenger hunt!  You will be working in teams to scour the hotel for the next clue that will lead you to the final destination!  



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