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Youth Track is a host of activities for youth ages 11-18. This year Youth Track activities will focus on exploring various careers, job readiness, art, travel skills, and so much more!

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NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND

2019 NOPBC Youth Track
Live the Life You Want

Betting on Blindness
Welcome to the 2019 NOPBC Youth Track!
 
We are so excited you are taking part in this year’s Youth Track. We hope you find these sessions not only prepare you to live the life you want, but they also will be a place where you will meet new friends, become more confident and independent and have a lot of fun. Bring your cane, your positivity, and your open mind for a great Youth Track in Las Vegas! Don’t have a cane? That’s okay, we will have a cane bank 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.

Day 1: Sunday, July 7, 2019
7:30 AM – 8:45 AM: Youth Track Registration
9:00 AM – 10:45 AM: Games and Prizes
More fun than any casino, come join your Federation youth family for Ice Breakers and Introductions. Let the games begin! This first session we will see old friends, and discover new ones. If this is your first time, or you are a little bit shy,
no worries, everyone will have a perfect place in our introduction session.
 
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM:
Introduction to your National Federation of the Blind Convention and Youth Track Activities. So much to do, so little time. Increase your odds for the maximum amount of learning and fun. This convention has so much to offer.
Come learn what happens each day, and get your questions answered so you can make this convention your best ever. In this session, you never know whom you may meet. You may even win a door prize.
 
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM: Lunch
 
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Breakout Sessions
Looking Good, Feeling Good
Looking and feeling your best often comes when skill meets confidence. Many blind mentors are excited to share with you their tips and tricks you can use to look and feel your best. Some of the things you can learn include tying a tie and shaving; putting on makeup and creating fabulous hairstyles; choosing and shopping for your style of clothes; and how to use and understand body language to communicate your thoughts and feelings.
 
Express yourself: Come learn how to use various mediums to express yourself through tactile art.
 
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Breakout Sessions
Looking Good, Feeling Good
Looking and feeling your best often comes when skill meets confidence. Many blind mentors are excited to share with you their tips and tricks you can use to look and feel your best. Some of the things you can learn include tying a tie
and shaving; putting on makeup and creating fabulous hairstyles; choosing and shopping for your style of clothes; and how to use and understand body language to communicate your thoughts and feelings.
 
Express yourself: Come learn how to use various mediums to express yourself through tactile art.

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Dinner Break
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM: NOPBC Family Game Night and Raffle
You and your parent/guardian are welcome to get to know your National Organization of Parents of Blind Children family, play games, and maybe even win an extraordinary raffle. Your family must have tickets to enter.

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Breakout Sessions
National Association of Blind Students Networking Event: Come meet students in college. Mentors can help facilitate introductions and assist in initiating conversations that can help answer some provocative questions for our high school youth.
 
It’s Cool to be in Middle School: Welcome to all students in middle school for games and prizes. Think role-play. Think Game of Life.
 
Day 2: Monday, July 8, 2019
8:45 AM – 10:30 AM: Breakout Sessions
Protect yourself, methods and strategies of self-defense.
Cane Walk:
Don’t have a cane yet? Come explore how a cane can give you more freedom. You can receive a free NFB white cane. Take a walk with the world’s best cane training instructors. Come learn how awesome it feels to walk proud and free.
 
Philosophy:
Let’s get Social. Everyone wants to make acquaintances, friends, and mentors. Come learn how to use all your networking options in a safe and meaningful way.
 
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Breakout Sessions
Protect yourself, methods and strategies of self-defense.
Cane Walk:
Don’t have a cane yet? Come explore how a cane can give you more freedom. You can receive a free NFB white cane. Take a walk with the world’s best cane training instructors. Come learn how awesome it feels to walk proud and free.
 
Philosophy:
Let’s get Social. Everyone wants to make acquaintances, friends, and mentors. Come learn how to use all your networking options in a safe and meaningful way.
 
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch
 
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Breakout Sessions

NOPBC Style Show Breakout Session
1:00 PM – Rehearsal
2:45 PM – Style Show Begins
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?
 
STEM for College and Career
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math is for everyone. Come learn how to use nonvisual tools and techniques to conduct experiments and projects in the fields of physics, Engineering, biology, geology, and mathematics.
We promise, it won’t feel like school, but you will bring back many ideas to share with your teachers.
 
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Resolutions Explained
What does a resolution mean, and how does the National Federation of the Blind use resolutions to make us stronger? We’ll explore the resolutions recommended by the National Federation of the Blind resolutions committee.
 
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Dinner
 
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: NABS Meeting Breakout Session
(Registration opens at 6:00 PM; meeting begins at 7:00 PM.)

Day 3: Tuesday, July 9, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM: National Federation of the Blind Board of Directors Meeting Come hear from all the Federation leaders and learn how they are working together to help us live the lives we want.
 
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch
 
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Exhibit Hall Challenge
Join a team, gather information, tools, and win prizes as you explore the exhibit hall. Learn all the ways you can accomplish any task you choose in school and work. We will explore the exhibit hall located in Sebastian Ballroom K and L, Level 1. When each team has completed their challenge, you will return to our youth track room and submit your challenge card. Prizes will be awarded in our last session.

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Braille Book Fair and Dinner
 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM American Action Fund Celebration

For 100 years, the American Action Fund has been
supplying us with Braille books, tactile activities, and
advancing our potential through literacy. Come celebrate
100 years with games, food and prizes.
 
Day 4: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 – GENERAL SESSION
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Breakout Sessions

What Kinds of Jobs Can Blind People Do? Not sure what you want to be when you grow up? Come meet blind mentors working in all kinds of jobs. Already have your career planned out? Great! Come meet someone in your field who can give you some useful tips and tricks.
 
All in the Family
Are you a sighted sibling of a blind person? This session is for you. Let’s talk with other mentors about any questions or thoughts you may have. What does the cane actually do? Can I read braille too? How can I make sure my sibling and I get the same kinds of chores? How can I deal with people who stare? Siblings can experience a cane walk, learn the alphabet in Braille, and ask any questions they have.
 
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Philosophy

Let’s get personal. In the Federation we all know that it is respectable to be blind. Let’s talk about our personal journeys about navigating the barriers in the road that leads between respecting ourselves, and living the lives we want.
 
Day 5: Thursday, July 11, 2019 – GENERAL SESSION
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Unconventional Convention Scavenger Hunt
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! We have accomplished so many things together this convention. Let’s explore all the things we learned, and learn all the ways we can stay connected, and keep our federation spirit alive all year long. Prizes will be awarded from the exhibit hall challenge.

 

 

 

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