Md Developmental Disabilities Council
Youth Empowerment Alliance
The “Youth Empowerment Alliance” (YEA), a project of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, is pleased to announce that it has awarded three mini-grants to youth and community organizations to help them meaningfully include and support youth and young adults with developmental disabilities. We congratulate each organization chosen to receive the YEA mini-grant first for their innovative community-based program and second for their foresight to support all youth and young adults working together.
The YEA is a three year grant which promotes independence and leadership skills in youth and young adults with disabilities. The mini-grants will support this goal by engaging youth and emerging leaders with disabilities in community activities that will enable them to define a vision for themselves and their communities, and result in a higher quality of life for each individual.
The three community-based inclusive programs that were awarded a $5,000 YEA mini-grant are:
Commitment to Service Initiative (CSI) - A Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) program to create substantive and meaningful teen volunteer opportunities. The JVC strives to create a strong culture for volunteerism by providing a coordinated, centralized entry for volunteers in the
The YEA awarded a mini-grant to CSI which is designed to empower and inspire youth to take action; and will incorporate leadership development, team building, high-quality group community-service experiences and advocacy. The mini-grant will support the inclusion of youth and young adults with disabilities into this dynamic community-based program, match recruited teens with peer mentors, and enhance self-advocacy and self-determination skills for all youth involved.
Youth Government and Leadership Grant A leadership program for teens, entitled “Youth and Government”, is offered by the YMCA. The
The YEA awarded the Howard County YMCA and its partners a mini-grant to modify the “Youth and Government” leadership program curriculum to include teens with developmental disabilities, provide training to all staff participating in the program and to write, publish, and distribute joint newsletters focusing on leadership, self-advocacy and best practices in transition. One of the major goals of the mini-grant is for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities to have the skills to self-advocate, lead self-determined lives, and participate in systems change and civic activities.
Arts on the Block (AOB) A program of the Montgomery County Career Transition Center, Inc, in collaboration with the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). AOB promotes youth and general public awareness of the importance of the arts and arts education. The long-term goals of AOB are to provide meaningful year-round employment, business opportunities in art, and high-qualified on-the-job-training in all artistic disciplines for county youth ages 14 22.
The YEA mini-grant will empower AOB to create an inclusive model for this one-of-a-kind program whereby young artist with and without disabilities can develop their leadership and self-advocacy skills and prepare for future careers. Guided by a team of professionals, the youth chosen to participate in the summer ’06 Arts on the Block program will spend six weeks developing and implementing their own team business plan and building upon the multidisciplinary learning objectives of MCPS which focus on education, employment and on-the-job training in artistic venues.
Contact Ann Marie Lane or call 410-937-4957 or 800-305-6441 for more information.