Youth Development & Leadership

Apply for the Youth Action Council on Transition 

Are you a youth, age 12-25, who wants to develop leadership and advocacy skills and become a leader in your community who improves opportunities and services for all youth?

Are you a professional or organization who wants to increase youth voice, leadership, and youth-adult partnerships within your organization and community?

If so, apply for the Youth Action Council on Transition. 

The 2015 application deadline is July 31, 2015.


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Why Youth Development & Leadership (YD/L)

Youth Development is a process that prepares young people to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through a coordinated, progressive series of activities and experiences which help them gain skills and competencies. Youth Leadership is part of that process. In order to control and direct their own lives based on informed decisions, YD/L need to be included as core components of transition programming for all youth, including youth with disabilities.

NCWD/Y organizes YD/L into five areas learning, connecting, thriving, working, and leading, consistent with the framework supported by the Forum for Youth Investment.  

Five Areas of YD/L

Using the Forum for Youth Investment’s Framework, NCWD/Y has outlined intended outcomes and activities for each of the following five areas.

Find out more information about each of these areas by clicking on them below.

  1. Learning
  2. Connecting
  3. Thriving
  4. Working
  5. Leading



Programs & Networks

Additional Resources


Youth Tip Sheets

More Publications for Youth

Publications for Youth Service Professionals


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