IEL’s National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) is seeking applicants for its Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT). This national initiative works in partnership with adults and youth-serving organizations to empower youth with disabilities and their allies to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities.
NCWD/Youth will select four teams for this multi-year project. Each team will comprise two emerging youth leaders (age 12-25), one adult partner, and a supporting organization to participate. At least one youth leader must have a disability or chronic health condition.
YouthACT teams meet annually in Washington, D.C. and are trained in youth leadership, advocacy skills, youth-adult partnership strategies, youth transition policies, and issues affecting youth with disabilities. Teams will work year-round with local peer groups to discuss youth transition issues and engage in leadership and advocacy activities. YouthACT teams also help inform NCWD/Youth’s materials and tools on youth leadership and transition.
There is no cost to participate in YouthACT. Each team will receive a $3,000 stipend for team expenses. Youth and adult partners will also receive an honorarium of $500 for the year. Space is limited. Applications are due July 31, 2015.
NCWD/Youth is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).