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ERIC Number: ED533385
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-1-9334-9336-4
ISSN: N/A
Blazing the Trail: A New Direction in Youth Development & Leadership--Youth Call-to-Action
Katzel, A.; LaVant, A.; Richards, C.
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
In August 2007, more than 200 youth and adults came together in Washington D.C. to discuss what action steps should be done to ensure that young people are best prepared to move successfully from youth to adulthood. A major purpose of the event, called "Blazing the Trail: A New Direction in Youth Development & Leadership," was to talk about improvements that should be made in laws, policies, and ways that adults communicate with youth. The desire to address these issues came from research that shows that youth who participate in youth development and leadership experiences are more likely to do well in school, be involved in their community, and positively transition from youth to adulthood. Some common youth development and leadership experiences may include participating in an extracurricular activity at school; taking a class for important tests like the ACT, SAT, or GED; completing an internship; or participating in a community service project. Because youth with disabilities are often not included in programs that provide these great opportunities for growth and development, a specific emphasis at the "Blazing the Trail Summit" was placed on making sure that youth with disabilities (including those with mental health needs) are included in everything that is available to all other youth. Among the variety of participants, at least 50 of the spaces were set aside for youth and young adults with and without disabilities. Other attendees included leaders in the youth development/leadership field; national, state and local youth development and leadership programs; researchers; public and private funders; representatives of Federal and state government; and family members. [For related report, "Blazing the Trail: A New Direction for Youth Development & Leadership. Summit Report," see ED533384.]
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth. Available from: Institute for Educational Leadership. 4455 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 310, Washington, DC 20008. Tel: 877-871-0744; Fax: 877-871-0665; Web site: http://www.ncwd-youth.info/
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Disability Employment Policy (DOL)
Authoring Institution: National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)