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DeafBlind Young Adults in Action (DBYAA) is a unique program that enables young adults to develop effective advocacy skills. As a week-long, hands-on leadership program, participants will learn about the policymaking process in the national capital, including an overview of the structure and function of the U.S. Government. Participants are expected to meet with national policymakers to learn about the functions of the various parts of the U.S. government that are relevant to participants’ chosen policy interests, as well as practice advocacy through dialogue with government officials. Upon completion of the course, participants may earn university credit, if such credit is available through a host university and enough funding is available. This program is seeking prospective participants who are dedicated to the advancement of their communities and have the motivation to be engaged leaders.
DBYAA is managed by DeafBlind Citizens in Action (DBCA), an independent 501(c)(3) organization formed by past DBYAA participants. The program is currently funded through the generous donations of private companies and other nonprofit organizations, as well as individual financial contributions. It is also supported by a team of highly skilled volunteer interpreters who donate hundreds of hours of interpreting worth tens of thousands of dollars. The National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB), based at Western Oregon University, is also supporting this program. For more information, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please complete this application and submit it, along with two (2) letters of recommendation from professionals such as a high school or college instructor, a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor, a specialist in the deafblind field or someone similar. Applications must be received by March 30th, 2017. We are unable to accept applications after March 30th. There are three (3) questions that you have the option of answering using video, each one (1) minute for a total of three (3) minutes. If completing online, please send references and links to optional video via e-mail; if not completing online, please e-mail all materials, including optional video. Our e-mail address is to email@example.com
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