NBDA's Youth Empowerment Summit (YES!) summer camp now accepting applications


We, National Black Deaf Advocates, Inc. (NBDA), are hoping this letter finds you very well. Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Corey Burton and I am the NBDA Director of Rising Generations. I am writing this letter on the behalf of NBDA and Youth Empowerment Summit (Y.E.S!) Program. Briefly, NBDA is the non-profit organization that founded in 1982 where focuses on the improvement of Deaf and Hard of Hearing African-Americans' lives through advocacy for educational, economic, social, and political development. Anyway, we are eagerly announcing that NBDA will hold the 28th bi-annual conference on Tuesday, August 1 to Saturday, August 6, 2017 at the Renaissance Harborplace Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland! There will be a lot of educational workshops, pageant competition, entertainment night, gatherings, banquet, general meetings, election and several youth programs such as Miss Black Deaf America Pageant (MBDAP), Collegiate Black Deaf Students Leadership Institute (CSBDSLI) and Youth Empowerment Summit (Y.E.S!) during the conference.

Y.E.S! Program, it was founded at 1997 NBDA conference in Washington, D.C., have designed for Black Deaf and Hard of Hearing youths from 13 to 17 years old to stimulate the leadership, non-academic educational, and social needs that comprises accomplish their dream and contribute back to their communities which benefits their future opportunity and benefits us to grow more of our future leaders with our great advocate for them. It turned out a successful program where have raised to more than 200 Black Deaf and Hard of Hearing youths across the country for years now by providing the special workshops that focuses the youths where they can be felt relative, leadership training/development, exposure the youths to Black Deaf role models and challenging activities inspiringly and gain youths' experience of overcoming adversity and common issues that minority students constantly face in America.

We anticipate having 40 to 50 youth participants during the week of Monday, July 31 to Sunday, August 7, in addition; we are also expecting to staff this program with Black Deaf and Hard of Hearing Peer Advisors, in the between of age 21 to 35, to supervise and advocate Y.E.S! participants throughout the program and serve their best needs. Otherwise, we are aware that many Black Deaf youths are from a lower income bracket and may not be financially able to cover the Y.E.S! fees ($650). The fees covers for application fee ($50) and registration fee ($600) for the conference that contains lodging, scheduled meals, field trip, educational workshops, attend the conference and activities, pageant competition, and the NBDA banquet. However, the applicants will be responsible for the $50 application fee and their own transportation arrangements to get to the conference and back home. The deadline for the total fee is on June 9, 2017.We are hoping that would not deter their hopes of participating in Y.E.S.! In the past, through fund raising projects and donations, some schools have elected to sponsor several students to the Y.E.S! To make this happen, we hope that you will be able to join and help us recruiting, encouraging and/or sponsoring a minimum of two students from your school in any way that can help them to attend the 2017 Y.E.S! Program which will means a lot to us include our future Y.E.S! participants no matter how your effort can be accomplished because there is a light inside the tunnel to their future.

We have enclosed the 2017 Y.E.S! application packet for Black Deaf students' parents to learn more about NBDA and Y.E.S that expands the purpose of our 2017 conference and our Y.E.S! Program, tentative agenda of the conference week, application and registration fees, application and medical record forms, parental consent form, authorization for the emergency medical treatment, the code of conduct. Otherwise, we also enclosed the 2017 Y.E.S! brochure as well. It would be greatly appreciated if you would give those enclosed documents to any interested Black Deaf and Hard of Hearing youths or even those that you think that will be worth their experience from this program that meets the requirement of 13 to 17 years old.

I, De'Lasha Singleton, am the NBDA Director of the Y.E.S! Program. If you are interested in knowing more about our program or if there are any questions about the program, please contact me at youth@nbda.org. Thank you so much in the advance for your attention and consideration to this matter. We are looking forward to meeting our future Y.E.S! participants (your students) in Baltimore, Maryland!


Delasha Singleton, Director of Youth Empowerment Summit 2017

Enclosures: 2017 Y.E.S! Application Packet
2017 YES! Brochure

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PDF icon Application863.06 KB