Youth Leadership


Opportunities to Serve:

Many organizations that serve youth and adults with special health care needs and/or disabilities welcome youth to join their boards or advisory committees.

Opportunities to Learn:

Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum – a week long leadership training and career awareness training program held each summer for youth with disabilities.

Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment (YiPPE) – A five-session program for youth with disabilities and their parents to .

Peer Power  – peer-based program designed to support high school students with all types of disabilities to plan for their lives after high school.

Kids As Self Advocates (KASA) – A national grassroots project created by youth with disabilities for youth.

Got Transition – a national project to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies for health professionals and youth and families.


Board for People with Developmental Disabilities grant opportunities for self advocates and their families

Leadership Resources and Tools:

Leadership  – A Guide for Promoting Leadership Skills for Youth with Disabilities (developed by the Waisman Center)

Strategies for Developing Youth Leadership – a guide created by the Waisman Center’s Natural Supports Initiative


* Please also see Leading Together  and the Family Leadership Opportunities Chart