NFB Youth Slam

Volunteer Information

Volunteer Application Link

We are in need of individuals who are interested in serving as volunteers to help facilitate the program. If you are 18 years of age or older and interested in participating in the event, please complete the volunteer online application and submit it to the Jernigan Institute by Friday, February 17, 2017. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by the beginning of March. Accepted participants will then need to complete a more thorough registration process and will be subject to a criminal background check. 

What is the NFB Youth Slam?

The NFB Youth Slam is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) academy to be held at Towson University, the second largest university in Maryland. The university is located eight miles north of Baltimore. While staying at the university, one hundred blind and low vision high school students from around the United States will engage in five days of STEM classes and recreational activities designed to build confidence and increase STEM literacy.

What type of volunteer work is there to be done?

Volunteers can serve in a variety of capacities including: helping to prepare materials for the academy, teaching a class, providing support to students both in and outside of class, helping execute program logistics (i.e., set up and tear down, material distribution, etc.), and providing navigational support for students (i.e., talking signs).

What dates do I need to be available?

Volunteers will be needed Friday, July 21 - Saturday, July 29, 2017. It is not required to be available for the entire length of the academy.

Do I have to have background in STEM fields to participate?

No. However, volunteers who wish to teach a class must have expertise in that specific STEM discipline.

How do I apply?

Potential volunteers must complete the “Volunteer Application” found at by Friday, February 17, 2017. As you will be applying online, please make sure to fill out the application in its entirety because you will not be able to save it to complete later.

How will volunteers get to the university campus?

The National Federation of the Blind will arrange transportation to Towson University for volunteers who live more than 40 miles from campus. Participants will fly into Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. If they are traveling by train, they will travel to Baltimore-Penn Station located in downtown Baltimore and if they are traveling by Greyhound Bus, they will travel to Downtown Baltimore Greyhound Station. Transportation from the airport, train, or bus station to the campus will be arranged for participants. Individuals who live within driving distance of the academy site can drive to the site and will be compensated for their mileage.

Where will volunteers stay?

Volunteers (and students) will stay in the dorms on the university’s campus. Housing will only be provided for volunteers who live more than 40 miles from campus.

More questions?

If you have additional questions or require additional information, please contact the Education Team at (410) 659-9314, extension 2418, or at

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