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The Center on Youth Voice, Youth Choice (CYVYC)


The Center on Youth Voice, Youth Choice is a resource center for youth with disabilities.  It is a national youth resource center on alternatives to guardianship. Information is provided on how to take control of your decisions after you become a legal adult. One of the ways you can do this is by using alternatives to guardianship (A2G). These are tools other than guardianship that people can use to get the support they need to make tough decisions about their lives. 

Youth Ambassadors Program:  The Youth Ambassador Program is a training program about teaching youth to be leaders in their states. 

The Center on Youth Voice, Youth Choice (CYCYC) selected the New Jersey State Team to join its national Community of Practice to promote alternatives to guardianship for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The New Jersey State Team is a partnership between Disability Rights New Jersey, the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, and SPAN Parent Advocacy Network, and will be co-led by youth with I/DD. 

Useful Links and Websites


  • (VIDEO) Supported Decision-Making 4 Part webinar series: This series was developed by SPAN in collaboration with the Maine Parent Federation.
  • National Center on supported Decision-Making: Information about the right to make choices – the right we all have to make our own decisions and direct our own life.
  • Disability Rights NJ: Supported Decision-Making 101 is an easy-to-understand introduction to the concept of Supported Decision-making, an explanation of how it might work for New Jersey residents, and a brief discussion of how it fits with other alternatives to guardianship.
  • Person-Centered Planning: Person-centered planning (PCP) is a process for selecting and organizing the services and supports that an older adult or person with a disability may need to live in the community.

Program Staff

Dawn Monaco

National Advisory Member

Peg Kinsell

Community of Practice Member