My experience of Jr. NAD Conference 2011 (:
Hi, my name is Jehanne McCullough and I am a sophomore in Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD). I am also the vice-president for MSD’s Jr. NAD chapter. Last November, along with two other students that are the president and secretary, we went to Jr. NAD conference at California School for the Deaf, Riverside. Thanks to Maryland Association of the Deaf (MDAD) who sponsored us for this trip with $500, we gained a lot of experience from the conference. There were many workshops and speeches that we saw, and they talked about different things. I learned a lot from those workshops. Among the people who led the workshops, two were from Maryland! That’s nice. One of workshops talked about how to be an assertive leader instead of using passive or aggressive methods. Another talked about the power of media, and that workshop led us to set up MSD Jr. NAD’s Facebook page after we learned about how powerful media can be! Even Miss NAD Deaf America, Rachel Mazique, gave us a workshop. There was a pageant night, MSD did not participate as it was last minute for us, but we still had fun and learned a lot during the pageant. Some who were in the pageant discussed many things like Deaf issues, bullying, and more. I met a lot of people, and it’s great networking opportunity for me. There are different group projects like Round Table where they discussed the proposals for Jr. NAD General Assembly later. Another is Empty Bowl group where they painted the bowls to be auctioned and the proceeds would be donated to charity. I am in George Veditz Video group where we made a Public Service Announcement (PSA) during the weekend about empowering to youth. We went to all workshops and on the last day, there was General Assembly where all of proposals the Round Table agreed on were being brought up. Delegates voted on those proposals. My school has two delegates who are the president of Jr. NAD and me, the vice-president and one observer. We the delegates at the conference reviewed all of proposals in General Assembly and voted for or against on different proposals. We supported the proposal to have two Jr. NAD representatives going to NAD conference this summer, and the proposal got passed. On last night, I met many people and would never ever forget this conference. This conference really helped me to be a better leader, and when I came back home in Maryland, I became more active and better leader around my community. The conference was really worth it! Again, I want to thank MDAD for sponsoring me to go to the conference and to make it possible!