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National Youth Leadership Network. A team of leaders building power and community among youth with disabilities. What is the National Youth Leadership Network?. Non-profit organization, 501(c)(3) Led by and for young people with disabilities, ages 14-28

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National youth leadership network
National Youth Leadership Network

A team of leaders

building power and community among youth with disabilities

What is the national youth leadership network
What is the National Youth Leadership Network?

  • Non-profit organization, 501(c)(3)

  • Led by and for young people with disabilities, ages 14-28

  • Overseen by an 18-member Governing Board -- all young people

  • Staff are also young adults with disabilities

  • Includes people from throughout the U.S. and its territories

Our mission
Our Mission

  • NYLN is dedicated to breaking isolation and building community through supporting youth with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Our vision
Our Vision

  • We imagine a world where all youth live truly authentic lives, where we make our own decisions, and where we define who we are. We want to set and reach our own goals. As youth with disabilities, we want to grow in real ways through relationships and opportunities. Communities must embrace interdependence, the idea that all people need each other, and recognize its importance.

We promote change through
We Promote Change Through

  • SUPPORTING YOUTH LEADERSHIP. Bring youth into leadership roles and make sure they have what they need to be successful in these positions. We prioritize youth having roles of equal participation, equal responsibility, and equal decision-making power.

  • EMPHASIZING FULL INCLUSION. Create a culture of accountability and inclusion. We want this culture for ourselves, for each other, for our communities, and for the systems that serve us. We build the capacity of our allies so that we can work alongside each other.

  • PUSHING NEW THINKING. Spark new ideas, new methods, and new forms of measuring success. Some of these topics include: media, interdependent support systems, disability, oppression, and self-determination.

Areas of service
Areas of Service

  • Community Building

  • Disability Pride

  • Disability Culture

  • Advocacy

  • Leadership

  • Education

  • Employment

  • Healthcare

What makes our organization unique
What makes our organization unique?

  • First cross-disability youth-run, youth-led non-profit organization

  • Leading with youth empowerment ideas and strategies

  • On-going training and leadership development

  • On-going links to services and supports

  • Youth Power!

We build community
We Build Community

  • Through education

  • Developing Resources

  • Sharing Resources

  • Partnering with individuals and organizations

Serving on the governing board
Serving on the Governing Board

What GB members do:

  • Make decisions for NYLN

  • Often lead NYLN projects

  • Serve on at least one committee

  • Represent NYLN in coalitions and at conferences

  • Build collaboration with other organizations

  • Recruit new members

  • Find ways for NYLN to be active in your local community

Gb time commitment
GB Time Commitment

  • About 2 meetings a month by phone or online chatroom

  • About 15 hours a month on NYLN

  • We hope you will serve with NYLN for 2 years

Postmarked by saturday september 29 emailed by sunday september 30 to jessica croner@gmail com
Postmarked by Saturday September 29Emailed by Sunday September 30to [email protected]

Application Due Date

  • For more information,

  • or to become a member,

  • contact us:

  • National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN)


  • 1-866-480-6565