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Join HKNC Youth Club

If you’re a middle school or high school student eager to learn about the DeafBlind community, this is the perfect club for you.

Discover the remarkable journeys of individuals who are DeafBlind as they share their personal experiences and insights. You’ll have the unique opportunity to ask questions, engage in meaningful conversations, and gain a deeper understanding of their world.

Join us once a month from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm as we gather to connect, learn, and grow.

January 17th – Wednesday 7p-8:30p

February 28th – Wednesday 7p-8:30p

March 20th – Wednesday 7p-8:30p

April 17th – Wednesday 7p-8:30p

No Meeting in May

June 5th – Wednesday 7p-8:30p

This is open to middle school and high school students.  Anyone is welcome.  To sign up for the club, email youthclub@helenkeller.org. The meeting is held at the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) located at 141 Middle Neck Road in Sands Point. As you enter the facility, please head to the rear parking lot and walk to the back building (Peter J. Salmon Building). Ring the doorbell and head down to the cafeteria. 

We will kick off the evening with one of our student guest speakers and participants will have the opportunity to ask any questions. Then will have an organized activity and a light snack.

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Our club isn’t just about listening – it’s about participation. We engage in activities that bridge the gap between our participants and the community, fostering a shared experience that promotes empathy, understanding, and camaraderie. Through these interactions, you’ll not only expand your knowledge of DeafBlind culture but also develop essential life skills and broaden your perspective.

The Helen Keller National Center Youth Club is your chance to make a positive impact, raise awareness, and build connections that last a lifetime.

The club sprang to life in 2016 thanks to the inspiring vision of a teenager named Holly Sternlicht. With a deep fascination for sign language and a heartfelt desire to connect with DeafBlind individuals in her hometown, Holly became a beacon of inspiration for countless other teens in the community.

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Holly Sternlicht, club founder and ambassador

Driven by her passion, Holly embarked on a mission to share her interest and bring together like-minded peers. This marked the start of the Youth Club at the Helen Keller National Center, a space where curiosity thrives, and connections are forged.

At the heart of the Youth Club is the belief in the power of questions and conversations. Holly encourages fellow teens to ask questions freely, paving the way for enlightening exchanges and mutual understanding.

To sign up for the club, email youthclub@helenkeller.org