Next Steps at Vanderbilt students Haley Kellar and Hardin Manhein, along with Next Steps director Tammy Day, attended the Youth Act Leadership training in Washington, D.C. on January 17-19. Youth Act aims to equip youth with disabilities, ages 12 to 25, with skills and knowledge in leadership and advocacy so they can speak up about what all youth need to be successful during the transition to adulthood.
Too often, youth don’t have a voice when agencies and organizations are deciding what youth services and opportunities to offer. It is important for these organizations to hear from youth with disabilities about what they need and want during the transition years, so they can provide the right opportunities, services, and support.
The Tennessee team spent the weekend with teams from across the country delving into topics such as Advocacy & Leadership, Disability History, and Team Action Planning. Before the training began they took in an afternoon of exploring and sightseeing.
Youth Act is sponsored by the Department of Labor, the National Collaboration on Workforce Development and Disabilities, and the Institute for Educational Leadership.
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Last Updated: 2/3/2014 11:22:40 AM
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