B.L.I.N.D. (Building Lasting Impressions that Never Die) is a group of high school students who have joined together with students from Fulton, Morrison, and Newman High School to break down stereotypes that exist in each school and among the schools. The group uses the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets as its template for developing healthy relationships. Students elect to become a member and then are chosen via a survey given to the faculty. This is the seventeenth year B.L.I.N.D. has been incorporated into the different schools. Tolerance, acceptance, wellness are the three major teaching points.
The student leaders attend a three day and two night retreat in early August. They receive intense training in a number of awareness modules. A large community service project is included as part of the retreat.
Six week leadership training is a feeder opportunity for potential BLIND leaders. Each week students from the high school meet to discuss ways to meet their potential and to become stronger leaders. The six-week program discusses communication, healthy relationships, personal asset building, community service, suicide prevention and is led almost entirely by the current student leaders.