Youth Services Committee

About the Committee

Through the Youth Services program the Missouri Council of the Blind assists parents and teachers by helping children with a visual impairment under the age of 18.  The committee does this by providing information and purchasing educational items to give equal opportunity to those participating.

The committee also works to introduce those persons ages 18-35 years old to MCB by inviting them to our state conventions for interaction with other young people who face similar obstacles in life.

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Committee News

Youth Services :: June 2016

By Linda Gerken

IT’S! BACK!  Youth Services is once again taking care of your children for a day, and having fun with your teens for a night. Kids Club, for children 12 and under will be held on Saturday, October 8, during the convention. Please register them on the registration form when you are handling your grownup business on that same form. And then, for those slightly older boys and girls, ages 12-17, they can come enjoy food and fun on that same Saturday evening while the parents enjoy the banquet. This can also be taken care of on the registration form. We are looking forward to meeting all of our young, and up and coming members of our great organization.

Youth Services Committee :: March 2016

Youth Services is one of the most important programs we have. This program does not help any member, because it helps kids up to 18 years old. If you know a child who we can help please let them know about this program. There are all kinds of camps out there for kids and it is not too early to send in your applications for them. Let us know if we can help your child. http://www.moblind.org/programs/youth_services

Youth Services :: June 2015

By Linda Gerken

It! Is! BACK! The kids Club will be making its return at this year’s convention. There will be lots of fun, food, and care to be provided to and for the children of the Missouri Council. Kid’s Club will be for ages 6 weeks-12 years of age. Please have you child registered by the deadline for preregistration and even find a space on the forms to do so. Thank you and we look forward to meeting your most prized possessions.

Youth Services :: June 2013

By Linda Gerken, Youth Services Chair

The Children's Vision Summit was held April 29, 2013. It was another great day. I really enjoy talking to all my parents and teachers that I know, and it is great meeting new ones. I quite often talk to them on the phone, but face to face is better. I was proud that MCB had a part in making this happen. I am sure that I will be hearing from the new teachers and parents that didn't know about what we have to offer in the near future.

Youth Services :: September 2012

By Linda Gerken, Chairman

As convention is coming closer, it is time to start planning for Saturday Kid’s Club. We need the name and age of your child planning to come to Kids Club. All kids under 12 years of age are welcome. I will be purchasing the day’s snacks, games, drinks, and everything else to make it a fun day. I need to know what to purchase, so please let me know if your child plans to attend. You can call me at 660 826 1690 or e-mail me at lindag@iland.net. Thanks!

Youth Services Committee :: March 2012

By Linda Gerken, Chairman

Dear all affiliates,

In our continuing effort to increase membership in the organization it is that time again! The youth services committee is taking nominations for sponsorship to our annual state convention. The convention this year is being held at the Capital Plaza Hotel located in Jefferson City, Missouri from October 5 to October 7.

As in year’s past each affiliate is encouraged to submit the name and information of a person or persons that should be considered for sponsorship.

Thank you all so much for your continued support. The committee person should be between the ages of 18 and 35. The person does not have to be a current member of any affiliate and this should be that person’s first convention attended. Each person should be currently residing in the state of Missouri. If selected, each person will be responsible for completing assigned tasks while attending the convention. A meet and greet on the convention floor will be held to make the assembly aware of their presence. The committee will provide two nights in the hotel, with no more than two meals a day and a ticket to the banquet. Please be mindful that no more than four people will be selected.

Thank you all so much for your continued support. The committee looks forward to receiving all nominations for sponsorship. For more information you may contact James Hollins: jlhollins21@hotmail.com phone (816)739-6097. Please submit applications to Linda Gerken: no later than August 9, 2012.

Youth Services :: June 2011

By Linda Gerken

Dear all affiliates,

First, youth services would once again like to thank you for your outpouring of support of donating sweats and socks to be given to the Missouri School for the Blind. As you well know that was a smashing success.

Well, we are back at it again, but this year we are asking you to prepare to help fill a closet or a few. The kids need stuff for all kinds of reasons and we know that we are just the people to help. So this year when you come to join us on Friday night, we are asking you to bring one of these items with you: boys/men’s socks - all kinds, all sizes, including dark dress socks ladies socks (not girls) - white athletic socks sweat suits - both boys and girls, men’s and women’s, including larger sizes such as 1X and 2X.

Remember you only need to supply just one of these things if you like. We know that you can do this and look forward to being able to provide these items to the kids once again.

But wait, once again, there is more fun to be had! This year also the MCB Convention Kid's Club is back for a 3rd year! All sorts of fun to be had for children through age 12. Things such as a pizza party and all sorts of games and activities are being planned for your little one to look forward to doing while in under supervised care. If you would like to have your children be a part of the fun you must register no later than October 1, with the Youth Services Committee.

Thank you all and in both ways come ready to help. I hope we have a deal.

But Wait! There’s more!

In our continuing effort to increase member-ship in the organization it is that time again! The youth services committee is taking nominations for sponsorship to our annual state convention. The convention this year is being held at the Holiday Inn Hotel located in Joplin, Missouri from October 14 to October 16.

As in year’s past each affiliate is encouraged to submit the name and information of a person or persons that should be considered for sponsorship.

Thank you all so much for your continued support. The committee person should be between the ages of 18 and 35. The person does not have to be a current member of any affiliate and this should be that person’s first convention attended. Each person should be currently residing in the state of Missouri. If selected, each person will be responsible for completing assigned tasks while attending the convention. A meet and greet on the convention floor will be held to make the assembly aware of their presence. The committee will provide two nights in the hotel, with no more than two meals a day and a ticket to the banquet. Please be mindful that no more than four people will be selected.

Thank you all so much for your continued support. The committee looks forward to receiving all nominations for sponsorship. For more information you may contact James Hollins: jlhollins21@hotmail.com phone (816) 841-9206. Please submit applications to Linda Gerken: no later than August 9, 2011.

CAMP FOR YOUTH GUIDELINES:

The Missouri Council of the Blind has set aside funds for legally blind youth of Missouri under the age of 18 to attend a camp of their choice with the maximum of $600.00 per child.

This money shall be administered by the Youth Services committee.

Under this program each qualifying youth shall be allowed to attend one (1) camp annually.

The money shall be used on a first come first serve basis. A check shall be made payable directly to the camp of choice.

Youth Services Committee

Youth Services :: June 2010

By Linda Gerken

First, youth services would again like to thank you for your outpouring of support donating sweats to be given to the Missouri School for the Blind. As you know, that was a smashing success. Well, we are back at it again, but this year we are asking you to prepare to help fill a closet or a few. The kids need stuff for all kinds of reasons, and we know that we are just the people to help. So this year when you come to join us on Friday night, we are asking you to bring one of these items with you: Boys’/Mens’ socks - all kinds, all sizes, including dark dress socks; Ladies’ socks (not girls’) - white athletic socks; Sweat suits - both boys’ and girls’, men’s and women’s, including larger sizes such as 1X and 2X; or Sturdy plastic hangers. Remember you only need to supply just one of these things if you like. We know that you can do this and look forward to being able to provide these items to the kids.

But wait, there is more fun to be had! This year the MCB Convention Kid's Club is back for a second year! All sorts of fun to be had for children through age 12. Things such as a pizza party and all sorts of games and activities are being planned for your little one to look forward to doing while under supervised care. If you would like to have your children be apart of the fun you must register no later then October 1, with the Youth Services Committee.

Thank you all and in both ways come ready to help . I hope we have a deal.

Louis Braille Essay Contest :: March 2009

In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, the Missouri Council of the Blind will sponsor an essay contest.  The essay topic will be how Braille has affected the writer’s life.

Essays shall be 500 words or less, and will be judged on:

  1. Content
  2. Originality
  3. Formatting
  4. Grammar and punctuation

The essay may be written in contracted or uncontracted Braille and shall be written with either a slate and stylus or a Perkins Brailler.

The essay shall in some way contain a reference to the Missouri Council of the Blind.

Winner of the essay contest will receive the new Perkins Brailler valued at over $600.00. Any blind or visually impaired resident of Missouri 21 years of age and younger is eligible to enter. Entries shall be postmarked no later than July 31, 2009. The winner will be announced at the MCB 2009 annual convention. The winner will be invited to attend the convention and read their winning entry to the entire convention.  All expenses will be paid for the winner to attend. Entries should be mailed to the MCB office to the attention of:

Louis Braille Essay
Missouri Council of the Blind
5453 Chippewa
St. Louis, MO  63109

All decisions of the judges are final.

For more information please call the MCB office at:
314-832-7172.
Or email, MoBlind@MoBlind.Org

The Louis Braille essay contest is sponsored by:  The Braille Revival League of Missouri special interest affiliate, Library Users of Missouri special interest affiliate and the MCB Youth Services Committee.

Youth Services :: December 2008

No Shoes, Plenty of Socks

In early spring the youth services committee decided they wanted to help the Missouri School for the Blind.  The first way to do this was to somehow donate socks for the athletic department at the school.  Youth Services put their minds to work and decided to have a sock hop.  When the idea was first announced the committee had no idea just how many members would come through, but come through they did.

At the hospitality held on Friday night by the committee attendees were asked to bring a pair of socks for ages infant to 21 years of age.  The socks would also score some cash for the members as Youth Services decided to turn it in to a raffle.  Members began to pile in to the hospitality and the socks began to fill the basket on hand.  At the end of the evening the foot wear was a success!  It is not clear as too how many pairs were provided, but it went above and beyond what the committee expected.

Thank you to all who participated in this project.  Shortly after all the socks were delivered the committee received an update on how well the socks went over at the school.  The athletic department reported they could not have been happier and more appreciative to have receive so many packages of new socks.  You just don't know how much the kids appreciate being able to have fresh socks to change in to between sporting events.  From Youth Services, a very heart felt thank you to all, we could not have done it with out you.  The support was  something I had not seen inn a while, so look forward to next year as we are already putting together some ideas on what to give next.  Oh, in case we forgot to mention it, thank you from Youth Services and on behalf of the students at the Missouri School for the Blind.

You are the future of MCB.

Youth Services :: June 2008

By Linda Gerkin

This year youth services is doing something a little different.  We are teaming up to help some kids at the Missouri School for The Blind, and we are using our annual Youth Hospitality to do it.  So along with our fun and games that you all have come to love and look forward to we are asking you to get involved.  It is a sock hop!  Yes, that's right a sock hop!  So along with just your need and desire to have fun we are asking you to bring socks for admission.  So if you would bring a new pair or package of any size socks for boys and/or girls.  We hope to see you their ready to have fun and thank you all for helping us with a great cause, It's a sock hop!

In our continuing effort to increase membership in the organization it is that time again!  As you all know a new venture as been occurring for the last few  years which is known as the youth hospitality.  From that idea youth services have decided that with the help and support of this organization, it would sponsor first time young adults to the state convention.

The plan is for each affiliate to submit the name and information of a person or persons that should be considered for sponsorship.  The person should be between the ages of 18 and 35.  The person does not have to be a current member of any affiliate.  Each person should be currently residing in the state of Missouri.

If selected, each person will be responsible for completing assigned tasks while attending the convention.  A meet and greet on the convention floor will be held to make the assembly aware of their presence.  The committee will provide two nights in the hotel, with no more than two meals a day and a ticket to the banquet.  Please be mindful that no more than four people will be selected.
 
Thank you all so much for your continued support.  The committee looks forward to receiving all nominations for sponsorship. 
 
For more information you may contact James Hollins: jlhollins21@hotmail.com phone (816) 921-8659.

Please submit applications to Linda Gerkin: no later then July 31, 2008.