Whereas, the NFB of Texas will soon be concluding a two-year mentoring program, funded by a grant from the Rehabilitation Service Administration and The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services of Texas, which linked blind teenagers and young adults around the state with successful blind adults; and

Whereas, The CHANGE Mentoring Program proved to be highly successful, resulting in participants engaging in empowering activities including job shadowing, internships, community service, and the NFB Youth Slam, a week-long leadership camp for blind youth; and

Whereas, participants are already demonstrating the long-term impact of the program, as several have completed rehabilitation training to gain critical blindness skills, and a number of participants have joined consumer organizations such as the National Federation of the Blind; and

Whereas, the NFB of Texas has a wealth of valuable resources that are vitally important to blind and visually impaired youth around the state;

Therefore, be it resolved that the NFB of Texas, in convention assembled this 25th day of October, 2009, make it a priority to develop infrastructures within our organization to mentor blind youth in Texas through our local chapters, divisions, and the state affiliate

Be it further resolved that this organization, whenever possible, seek funding to support our efforts to empower blind youth in Texas.