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About NYLN

The National YouthAbout NYLN Leadership Network is a national non-profit organization run by and for youth with disabilities.

Leadership Network is a national non-profit

organization run by and for

youth with disabilities.

We work to build power andorganization run by and for youth with disabilities. community with disabled youth. We also work to

community with disabled

youth. We also work to build the capacity of our allies.

We work to build power and community with disabled youth. We also work to build the

Reap What You Sow: Harvesting Support Systems

A hands-on curriculum thatReap What You Sow: Harvesting Support Systems brings youth and adult allies together to build support

brings youth and adult allies

together to build support systems that maximize self

determination.

Over 30 tools – video, art, movement, conversation video, art, movement, conversation

Developed by youth withOver 30 tools – video, art, movement, conversation disabilities with the input of families and adult

disabilities with the input of families and adult allies

– video, art, movement, conversation Developed by youth with disabilities with the input of families and

About Cindy

Serves youth and young adults with disabilities in their goal(s) to be independent as they can and choose to be through a CIL.About Cindy Serves on NYLN Governing Board and as Chair of the Outreach & Involvement Committee

Serves on NYLN Governing Board and as Chair of the Outreach & Involvement Committeebe independent as they can and choose to be through a CIL. Serves on multiple organization

Serves on multipleBoard and as Chair of the Outreach & Involvement Committee organization governing boards An AmeriCorps Alum

organization governing boards

An AmeriCorps AlumBoard and as Chair of the Outreach & Involvement Committee Serves on multiple organization governing boards

as Chair of the Outreach & Involvement Committee Serves on multiple organization governing boards An AmeriCorps

About Stacey

Works as NYLN’sAbout Stacey Community Outreach Director Entered social justice through Disability Rights Movement, entered Disability

Community Outreach

Director

Entered social justiceAbout Stacey Works as NYLN’s Community Outreach Director through Disability Rights Movement, entered Disability Rights

through Disability Rights

Movement, entered Disability Rights

Movement through

youth work.

Entered social justice through Disability Rights Movement, entered Disability Rights Movement through youth work. 4

Let’s Talk!

What is youth leadership?Let’s Talk! What is NOT youth leadership? Why youth inclusion? Why not? What has kept it

What is NOT youth leadership?Let’s Talk! What is youth leadership? Why youth inclusion? Why not? What has kept it from

Why youth inclusion? Why not? What has kept it from happening?Let’s Talk! What is youth leadership? What is NOT youth leadership? 5

a few models of disability to get you thinking…

Credit to Ju Gosling

http://www.sinnlos.st/help/eng/help1.htm

How Youth Can Move the Disability Rights Movement?

Why Without “Us” Hasn’t WorkedHow Youth Can Move the Disability Rights Movement? Being “Without Us” is continuing wrong mindset. Start

Being “Without Us” is continuing wrong mindset. Start young
Being “Without Us” is continuing wrong mindset. Start young Start young

There is enough work to go around.“Without Us” is continuing wrong mindset. Start young Youth have a new, different agenda! Youth bring

Youth have a new, different agenda! Youth bring a new authentic view and energy.
Youth bring a new authentic view and energy.Youth have a new, different agenda!

How Youth Can Move the Disability Rights Movement?

How Youth Can Move the Disability Rights Movement? Started with us, can’t go on without us!

Started with us, can’t go on without us!

Rights Movement? Started with us, can’t go on without us! Where will the movement be without

Where will the movement be without youth?

years?Movement? Started with us, can’t go on without us! Where will the movement be without youth?

years?Movement? Started with us, can’t go on without us! Where will the movement be without youth?

20 years?Movement? Started with us, can’t go on without us! Where will the movement be without youth?

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How Youth Can Move the Disability Rights Movement?

Youth Can Foster MentorshipHow Youth Can Move the Disability Rights Movement? Youth Motivates Older Populations Youth Learn from their

Youth Motivates Older Populationsthe Disability Rights Movement? Youth Can Foster Mentorship Youth Learn from their Older Peers Together, We

Youth Learn from their Older PeersCan Foster Mentorship Youth Motivates Older Populations Together, We can change the course of the Disability

Together, We can change the

course of the Disability Rights

Movement!

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1. Youth in Leadership Roles

It is common to see adults in1. Youth in Leadership Roles coordination/program planning roles and young people in unpaid, advisory board roles.

coordination/program planning roles and young

people in unpaid, advisory board roles.

Assess where organizational power is…and putroles and young people in unpaid, advisory board roles. youth there. Create a plan for supporting

youth there.

Create a plan for supporting youth in these leadership roles…what would you have needed leadership roles…what would you have needed

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Why youth in leadership roles?

Best motivatorsWhy youth in leadership roles? Understand/Peer Accountability - both ways Parents/Guardians see independence is possible 17

Understand/PeerWhy youth in leadership roles? Best motivators Accountability - both ways Parents/Guardians see independence is possible

Accountability - both waysWhy youth in leadership roles? Best motivators Understand/Peer Parents/Guardians see independence is possible 17

Parents/Guardians see independence isWhy youth in leadership roles? Best motivators Understand/Peer Accountability - both ways possible 17

possible

2. Be strategic, have plans.

2. Be strategic, have plans. Do strategic planning for youth programming just like you would for

Do strategic planning for

youth programming just like

you would for other programs.

What is your theory of change?youth programming just like you would for other programs. Where do funds come from? How much

Where do funds come from?you would for other programs. What is your theory of change? How much do we need

How much do we need to make it real? What is the purpose? Model? Capacity? What is this year’s goal? Next year? What is this year’s goal? Next year? What is this year’s goal? Next year? What is this year’s goal? Next year?

How much do we need to make it real? What is the purpose? Model? Capacity? What

3. Act Responsibly

Youth work is unique because whether you are working in disability community, fostercare, juvenile justice, poor communities – you are often creating space where people get to have self determination for the you are often creating space where people get to have self determination for the first time. Also first

time people are told they matter, are beautiful,

have potential.

This is a very important responsibility.people are told they matter, are beautiful, have potential. Recognize and respect that. You have impact.

Recognize and respect that.

You have impact. (“Check yo self before you wreck someone else.”) yo self before you wreck someone else.”)

4. Be Political.

Remember that your work directly corresponds4. Be Political. to the future of the Disability Rights Movement. Move from individual level framing

to the future of the Disability Rights Movement.

Move from individual level framing to Collective/Society framing. CHANGE thecorresponds to the future of the Disability Rights Movement. system. Learn the language. Ableism. Power. Privilege.

system.

Learn the language. Ableism. Power. Privilege. Allies. Oppression. Community. Movements.from individual level framing to Collective/Society framing. CHANGE the system. Popular Education can be a great

Popular Education can be a great tool.framing. CHANGE the system. Learn the language. Ableism. Power. Privilege. Allies. Oppression. Community. Movements. 20

5. Create Space for People to Be their Complete Selves.

Conversation encompasses disability, but it is5. Create Space for People to Be their Complete Selves. also beyond disability. Support the whole

also beyond disability. Support the whole

person. Challenge normative “cool” and promote spaces where young people can be their whole selves. Have Challenge normative “cool” and promote spaces where young people can be their whole selves. Have fun.person. Challenge normative “cool” and promote

person. Challenge normative “cool” and promote spaces where young people can be their whole selves. Have

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HOT (Healthy Opportunities for

Transition)

Led by Youth Advisory Council (16-30

year old)

Has youth in majority of youth serving staff positions

Fosters self-advocacy

Cross-disability

Recreational Opportunities

The Empowered FeFes

Chicago-based “Support/Action Group”

organized by Access Living staff

Program determined by young women with disabilities

Heavy emphasis on self-worth and media

Meets bimonthly

Disabled Young People’s Collective

North Carolina-based multiracial cross-

disability youth collective

Collective (sometimes called a cooperative) is where everyone shares equal decision

making power and responsibility

Many with DD, amazing work to create

accessible place people felt empowered &

safe

Funding was project-based.

Ended in Fall 2010

Detroit Summer

Detroit-based collective that “transforms

communities through youth leadership,

creativity and collective action”

Started by elders, largely youth-run

Murals, community gardens, hip hop cd, bike repair shop

Heavily incorporates intergenerational dialogue (community potlucks, etc)

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Thank You for Joining Us!!!

Stacey Milbern

Community Outreach

Director

NYLN (National Youth

Leadership Network)

(910) 578-9552 stacey@nyln.org

Cindy Singletary

Independent Living Specialist

LIFE (Living Independence For Everyone) of

Mississippi

(228) 341-3449 cynthia.singletary@gmail.com

The National Resource & Information

Website:

Center

Information & Referral Call Center:

1-855-828-8476

Next Webinar:

& Referral Call Center: 1-855-828-8476 Next Webinar: Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM, EDT Let's Talk

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM, EDT Let's Talk About Sex: Discussing the Topics of Sex, Protection, and/or Sexuality from Three Unique Viewpoints

PowerPoint/Recording:

Email Phuong (pnguyen@autismnow.org ) to request materials!