AIM Youth Leadership wants to empower youth and young adults with disabilities, emotional or behavioral challenges, and learning differences to live independent and successful lives. We believe that empowerment comes from finding your voice, making connections, and learning how to take action to live your best life.
Take your power!
AIM Youth Leadership is working to support the involvement of youth and young adults in New York State with leadership and advocacy opportunities. Here are some ways that you can get involved.
Local Independent Living Centers
Your local Independent Living Center is a great way to get involved in advocacy and leadership activities. While the programs offered by each center vary, core programs include information and referral services, peer counseling, individual and systems advocacy, and independent living skills training.
Attend the NYAIL Conference
At the NYAIL conference professionals and consumers learn, discuss and collaborate to develop policies, programs, and practices that address the barriers faced by people with disabilities.
AIM Youth Leadership - Join the Conversation
There are many ways to find and share your voice. Want to connect to other youth and young adults online to share ideas, or voice your opinions? Do you already have a blog? Do you Twitter about topics that would be of interest to other youth and young adults in New York? Your voice is important, wherever you choose to use it. We are looking to connect to youth on Facebook, twitter, and to feature new or established bloggers on our home page. In turn, we will help promote your voice through our sites and social networking.
NYSILC Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)
The YAC's primary purpose is to unite young, disabled New York State residents to create change for disabled youth throughout the state. The subcommittee advises the NYSILC on the issues important to youth, and NYSILC in turn implements youth services in the Statewide Plan for Independent Living, which guides the dealings of disability rights organizations in NY.
NYAIL Conference Youth Track Planning Committee
Youth will help plan a Youth Track for NYAIL's 2010 conference. Youth will choose topics, select presenters, and develop two presentations to be delivered at the conference.
We are seeking youth and young adults who are passionate about creating positive change for people with disabilities in New York.