National Federation of the Blind seeks votes for 2011 NFB Youth Slam in the Pepsi Refresh Project

Text the number 101913 to Pepsi (73774) each day in August to vote for the 2011 NFB Youth Slam!

Throughout the month of August, the 2011 NFB Youth Slam will compete against other groups and projects for a grant award of $250,000 from the Pepsi Refresh project, and we need you to vote! The voting process is very competitive, and groups from across the country are mobilizing their members and supporters to get out and vote. We need you to do the same. Anyone can vote so encourage your family, friends, relatives, and co-workers to vote every day in August. Post it to your Facebook page, Tweet it, just get the word out!

The 2011 NFB Youth Slam will be a five-day, interactive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) academy designed to empower blind high school students to explore STEM subjects. Additionally, this event introduces blind students to countless successful blind role models, and to the NFB’s positive philosophy about blindness. Your votes will help give blind students the confidence and the opportunity to be successful!

If you do not have texting capabilities, visit the NFB 2011 Youth Slam Web site once per day throughout the month of August to vote. Please bookmark that page and be patient with the Web site, as it is slow at times. To allow for complete functionality on the project site, users’ pop-up blockers may need to be temporarily disabled. After clicking the link above and arriving at the project page, click the link that says “Vote for this idea.” Once clicked, a new window appears giving options to either “Login with Facebook” or “Sign in directly with Pepsi.” Whichever option you choose, you can skip to that part of these instructions.

Login with Facebook
Users are advised that if they do have a Facebook account, this option is much preferred as it eliminates additional security steps required by signing in directly with Pepsi. After clicking the link to login with Facebook, a new window appears asking for your e-mail and password for Facebook. After inputting this information, click Login. The next window will ask your permission for Pepsi to access your basic information that you have made available to everyone on Facebook. Click “Allow.” If you are not comfortable with this, you will need to close out and go through the directions below to sign in directly with Pepsi instead. If you click “Allow” you will need to return to the NFB Youth Slam project page and click the vote button. In the future you will simply need to click the vote button, sign in with Facebook, and once signed in, vote for the project.

While you will have nine votes remaining for the day, you can only use one vote per day for our project. As much as you may like other projects in the 250k category, please do not give them votes as we are competing for the same prize as one of the top two vote-getters in this category.

Signing in with Pepsi
If you do not have a Facebook account and opt instead for the “Sign in directly with Pepsi” option, you will enter your e-mail address and then select the option “No, I’m new here!” under “Do you have a Pepsi password?” upon your first visit to the site. You must then input a visual or audio code, depending upon your preference or need. If either the recording or text is unclear, please use the “Refresh Image” or “Refresh Audio” option and try again.

What follows is a brief sign up with Pepsi, with fields such as First Name, Last Name, Password, Re-type Password, Birth Date, and another security code to input. After you have completed these fields, select “Done.” After you have signed up, you should be back at the NFB Youth Slam project page. Click the vote button once more to actually log your vote. When successful, the “Vote for this idea” link should disappear and be replaced with a congratulatory statement in plain text. In the future when you come to the site you will need to use the “Sign in directly with Pepsi” option and simply input your e-mail address, password, and complete the visual or audio code. After you click “Sign in” you will return to the project page and click the “Vote for this idea” link. As before, it should disappear and be replaced with a congratulatory statement in plain text.

Again, while you will have 9 votes remaining for the day, you can only use one vote per day for our project. As much as you may like other projects in the 250k category, please do not give them votes as we are competing for the same prize as one of the top two vote-getters in this category.

A few minutes of your time can make a huge difference in the lives of blind students, please vote today! If you have questions about the voting process or if you have accessibility issues, contact Pepsi.

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