Category Archives: Positive Peer Influence

A Capital Trip by MJ Smyth

The following blog is a cross-post from http://youthpowerny.tumblr.com/ Every year, the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), which leads the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP), holds an Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. for youth participants and coordinators. This year, the meeting … Continue reading

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The Path for Passion

The following blog is by Blake Ayers, a youth leader with NCWD/Youth’s Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT) Shining Lights Team. YouthACT is a national project for youth ages 12-25 geared toward getting more youth with disabilities involved as leaders … Continue reading

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RAMPing Up from Mentor to Program Coordinator (Part One)!

The following blog is written by Amy McDowell, Coordinator for the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) in Lansing, MI. RAMP is a program of the Institute for Educational Leadership, the host organization for NCWD/Youth and is based on a … Continue reading

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Changing the Youth Narrative from Behind the Walls

By Byron Kline, Project Manager for the Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative at the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Center for Workforce Development. “No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be … Continue reading

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The ADA Generation: Celebrating Disability Civil Rights Successes

The following blog was written by Sarah Ferrell, an intern with the National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth, housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership. Want to share your own ADA Generation story? In celebration of the 25th anniversary … Continue reading

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Transforming How Youth See Their Communities, and Themselves

  By Byron Kline, Project Manager for the Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative at the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Center for Workforce Development.  “…But now I learned to earn ‘cause I’m righteous / I feel great so maybe I might … Continue reading

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Wale Shares “Ambition” with Adjudicated RAMP Youth

The following is a guest blog by Demetrius Brown, a Coordinator with the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) in Washington, DC. RAMP-DC partners with the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services and enrolls adjudicated youth at New Beginnings Youth Development … Continue reading

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Mentoring Stories: Damon & Shamond

During October, organizations all around the country celebrated the annual Disability Mentoring Day event. NCWD/Youth is fortunate to be able to engage in mentoring programming all year round through the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) run by our host … Continue reading

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From Jails to Joblessness:  Why Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth Need More Than Just a Job  

It’s well established that today’s chronic levels of youth unemployment cost our economy billions in lost tax revenue, both on the federal and state level.  Added to this problem is the sad reality of unemployed youth growing up to become … Continue reading

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Cat Videos, Game of Thrones, and Mental Health?

  This past weekend, I (assuredly along with milennials across the country) fell down the all too familiar internet searching rabbit hole. In the hours lost watching cat videos, Game of Thrones GIFs, and tutorials on how to properly fold … Continue reading

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