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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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