A group photo of diverse youth with disabilities and program staff at a training for the Youth Action Council on Transition YouthACT).

Guideposts for Success: Youth Development & Leadership

In order to control and direct their own lives based on informed decisions, all youth need:

  • Mentoring activities designed to establish strong relationships with adults through formal and informal settings;
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities;
  • Exposure to role models in a variety of contexts;
  • Training in skills such as self-advocacy and conflict resolution;
  • Exposure to personal leadership and youth development activities, including community service; and,
  • Opportunities that allow youth to exercise leadership and build self-esteem.

Youth with disabilities also need:

  • Mentors and role models including persons with and without disabilities; and,
  • An understanding of disability history, culture, and disability public policy issues as well as their rights and responsibilities.

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