"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 Jamie. I currently attend Ohlone college in Fremont (major undecided). I've been a part of YO! For 3 years and I love it. I'm also a part of the YAC! I decided to get involved because I love helping and being a strong youth advocate for all types of people. I'm also involved with CRIL in Hayward, through them I help lead a Disability Action Network for Youth group (DANY) in my hometown in Fremont. There are two chapters. One in Hayward as well. DANY mainly teaches disabled youth advocacy skills and how to be more independent. I've been involved in Hayward DANY for about 3 years to. I started the Fremont Chapter of DANY late last year. I am also helping at my school as a Peer Mentor where we help advise the freshmen and give them placement tests and campus tours. I am very involved in that way too!
Youth Advisory Council (YO! YAC) Jamie C. California Foundation for Independent Living Centers – Sacramento, CA
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