This group is comprised of youth and young adults with disabilities, who express interest in participating in both leadership training and opportunities to impact how Vermont prepares students with disabilities for life after high school. The council has a supportive steering committee facilitated by HireAbility VT and its youth advocacy partners.
Four Areas of Focus
Each year the Council identifies four areas that are of greatest importance to them.
Areas of Focus:
Employment and Assistive Technology
Housing Options and Support Programs
Invisible Disabilities/Mental Health
Be a Leader and a Changemaker.
Connect with other students in Vermont
Advocate for youth resources
Lead while providing community service
Plan and run an annual Youth Summit
The Annual Youth Summit
Through support from the Youth Advocacy Steering Committee, the Youth Advocacy Council plans an annual Youth Summit. This event brings together youth and young adults from across the state to discuss issues most relevant to them and learn about how they can empower themselves in all aspects of their educational, social, and career experiences. Driven by youth for youth.