"Through YO, I also gained a deeper understanding of what
it is to be a person with a disability, which helped me
proudly identify as one."
-Jenaro Soto, 2013 Alumni
Youth receive first-hand experience working in an office setting and often work on youth-driven advocacy campaigns, such as the Disability History Week Campaign and Taking Action for Accommodations. The YO! Volunteer Corps create connections for youth with adults with disabilities, as well as other youth volunteers. YO! Volunteer Corps members earn a stipend every month.
Meet a YO! Volunteer…
My name is Chelsea. I was born and raised in Orange County and have moved to northern California 5 years ago for my education at UC Davis. Although I have a Bachelors in Agricultural Education, I have decided to switch paths and get a certificate in web page development at the Los Rios district. On the side of my career plan, I always try to make time for disability advocacy. I have been a passionate autistic rights activist for 10 years. Having been diagnosed before "autism acceptance" was a thing, I have received a lot of misguided advice in the name of "help". I will do anything to make sure that all disabled youth are given better options to find in their community, rather than be forced into conformity "for their own good."
Youth Volunteer Corps Chelsea B. California Foundation for Independent Living Centers – Sacramento, CA
Meet All the Members of YO! Corps…