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Youth Development Initiative

About the Youth Development Initiative

Do you know a young person (ages 12-17) with an intellectual or developmental disability who is ready to learn about health care transition, self-advocacy, and getting ready for adulthood? Please share this opportunity to connect with role models and mentors. 

The National Health Care Transition Resource Center supports people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as they get ready for health care in the adult world. The Youth Development Initiative is where youth with disabilities learn about health care transition and being an advocate from other young adults. 

The Importance of Youth Advocacy

In this video, Youth Advocate, Jordan Pratt discusses the importance of youth advocacy, how youth can advocate for themselves, what youth can ask about healthcare with their doctor and why it’s important to teach the youth to be healthy.

Get Involved

In the Youth Development Initiative, young people will:

  • Learn from other young adults about health care transition. 
  • Meet others and make friends.
  • Learn about being an advocate for themselves and others with disabilities.

Who can apply?

  • Young people who are 12-17 years old and have an intellectual or developmental disability
  • Young people who want to share their experiences with health care and help make health care better for young people with disabilities.

Apply Here:

Application deadline November 15th

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rachel Shandler, the Youth Engagement and Empowerment Coordinator at 215-550-1340