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Welcome to Youth LEAD!
Youth LEAD provides teens and young adults with developmental disabilities with resources and support to set and meet personal goals. Youth LEAD empowers young people to meet their goals for education, employment and inclusive recreation. Youth LEAD also helps youth-serving community organizations increase inclusive programming for individuals with developmental disabilities.
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Youth LEAD Vision
Leadership and Empowerment to Achieve our Dreams.
Youth LEAD Mission
To develop responsible, active and empowered leaders while promoting positive communication and learning skills for tomorrow’s youth with developmental disabilities.
Youth LEAD is by teens and young adults, for teens and young adults. A Youth Congress of teens and young adults with disabilities works with representatives of youth-serving organizations provide program leadership. This means, they make program decisions, provide input on what young people are interested in and develop youth-friendly resources.
Youth LEAD is directed and managed by staff at the UMKC Institute for Human Development, a university center for excellence on developmental disabilities, education, research and services.
This program is made possible with government support under grant number 90DN0222 awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.