YO! connects, organizes and educates youth with disabilities! YO! gives youth leadership opportunities, social networks, resources and more. YO! is for youth with disabilities to be PROUD of who we are and what we can achieve!
Now with YO and being involved, I have a thousand more friends. My life has just lightened up. It's just – I can't even explain how much my life has changed in a great way. I'm more motivated in my home life to do more things, I'm not sitting around anymore – where before I just didn't have much to do and didn't have the motivation do anything. Now I just want to go more places meet more people with disabilities. It's really just changed my life in a great way." – Penelope D.
Some of the amazing activities of YO! are:
YO! Volunteer Corps: the YO! Volunteer corps focus on disability positive volunteer opportunities. Volunteers work in local, independent living centers, gaining leadership development, job skills and connections!
Advocacy Campaigns: Many of our Volunteers and members of YO! work on youth-driven advocacy campaigns, such as Disability History and Taking Action for Accommodations. These campaigns are run BY and FOR youth! Showing the power of youth, the Disability History Week Campaign passed ACR 162, designating the second week of October to be Disability History Week!
Disability Mentoring: YO! Volunteers often work with adults with disabilities during their volunteer time. Additionally, YO! participates in National Disability Mentoring Day every October. National Disability Mentoring Day has great opportunities to gain first-hand experience, on-site job shadowing and time with a mentor to ask questions, get answers and learn more about career opportunities!
I absolutely love YO! it is an organization that not only fights for change, but makes change look believable. I am always amazed by the ideas you all have and even more amazed when it is accomplished. Never in my life did I think I'd learn about our culture and history. EVER! I am also more eager to fight more myself, just because of YO! I am an athlete and never cared about myself. To be honest, YO! helped me with that." – Ania F.
Youth Organizing! Disabled & Proud GOALS:
Youth with disabilities to each other, organizations, resources and opportunities.
Youth with disabilities together to develop leadership skills, identify issues that affect our lives and take action to create social change.
Youth with disabilities about the disability rights movement, disability culture and pride, community organizing, action, advocacy and community resources.