Category Archives: Youth Development

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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Purple Day for Epilepsy

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

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National Mentoring Month 2016 – In Real Life  

By Elijah Fagan-Solis, RAMP Program Coordinator in Albany, NY In celebration of National Mentoring Month 2016, YOUTH POWER’s Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) site in Albany, NY wanted to share a personal, ‘in real life’ story that shows the … Continue reading

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So How Can You Join a Board?

By Jason Farr, Program Associate, with the National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth at the Institute for Educational Leadership. Are you looking for a way to build your professional and leadership skills and give back to your community? … Continue reading

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Ed Roberts and the Americans with Disabilities Act Legacy

The following blog was written by Sam Xu and Heather Yaden from our Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT) Team Berkeley. Sam is a youth leader and Heather serves as the adult partner for the team. On November 25th 2014, … 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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The Benefits of Striking Out

The following blog entry is a cross-post from (Work in Progress), the official blog of the U.S. Department of Labor. The blog is written by Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy.  In 1923, Babe Ruth batted his way … Continue reading

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Hello Families! – The Next Big Thing Is Here: Introducing Individualized Learning Plans

There is a movement afoot – a change in focus, a change in the way many school districts around the country are attempting to prepare all youth for adulthood. Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) are taking the nation by storm. If … Continue reading

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Addressing Barriers to Career Exploration: My Story

According to research by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), approximately 74% of blind college graduates are unemployed. Even though there is some dispute about the actual percentages, the reality is that blind students often do not come out … Continue reading

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