NFB Project STRIVE is dedicated in providing quality programs to help meet the unique needs of blind and visually impaired youth throughout Utah. Project STRIVE instructors are positive, educated, blind adults who are fully dedicated to model, mentor, encourage and teach life, education, and employment readiness skills. These skills, along with a positive attitude towards blindness is absolutely critical for blind and visually impaired youth to transition successfully as adults.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Kick Off, Pre-Registration & Incentive Teaser

We are excited to officially announce that Project Strive is up and running.

We started the summer out with a bang! On June 11th NFB Project Strive teamed up with the Utah Association of Blind Students, UWIN, and the Bountiful Lions Club for a day of “Guns & Fun”. The Bountiful Lions Club provided ammo, equipment, and lunch for all that participated. Everyone had a great time!

From June 14-25th, the NFB BELL (Braille Enrichment Literacy & Learning) was held at the USDB Salt Lake Campus. Caroline Blair, Austin Fowler, Yesenia Olivia, and Maddy Stafford were selected as Project Strive Jr. BELL Mentors during this 2 week day camp for children ages 5-12. Drew Harris, Heidi Mills, Megan Palmer, and Kristie Colton also helped throughout the week as a part time help. Each Jr. Mentor submitted a cover letter and resume, went through a formal interview process, attended a mandatory training, and were responsible for specific children and/or activities each day. Jr. Mentors were also assessed daily in the areas of: Listening & Following directions; Taking the Initiative; Appropriate Social skills; Dependability; Working with Others; and Appearance. NFB Project Strive provided competitive stipends for services rendered.

What’s NEXT? On August 21, 2010 please join us at the Draper Boondocks for the PROJECT STRIVE KICK OFF. From 9:00-10:00 a.m. there will be a presentation on upcoming activities, Club Strive, introduction of Project Strive Instructors, awesome door prizes, and a time for Q&As. Parents of youth who will be in 7-12th grade are highly encouraged to come during this time! There will be unlimited play from 10:00-2:00p with a lunch break at noon. PLEASE RSVP and submit any transportation no later than August 16th to Marla Palmer by email or phone: or 801-797-9760.

Incentive Alert: Participants who submit (email or mail) their pre-registration forms, send payment (if applicable) by August 16th AND attend the August Kick Off will receive a FREE hydration pack! Limited to the first 50! Check the Project Strive blog or facebook for pictures of these awesome packs!

Pre-Registration Forms: Email completed forms to (if no fees included) or mail to: Marla Palmer, 1062 East Fairway Drive, No. Salt Lake, Utah 84054