Techy Teens_ Savvy Self-Advocates_ and Us by yaofenji

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									    TECHY TEENS,
SAVVY SELF-ADVOCATES,
        & US


   Alexis Petri and Arden Day
ABOUT YOUTHLEAD


YOUTH LEAD:
LEADERSHIP &
EDUCATION TO
ACHIEVE OUR
DREAMS
                  Accessing:
                  • inclusive recreation,
                  • continuing education and
                  • community employment
POPULATION DEMOGRAPHICS
                Gender


  26
                         31
                                                       Race/Ethnicity
                               Male
                               Female
                                                      2 2
                                                                     African American
                                             18
                                                                31   Latino
                                                                     White
                Age                               3                  Asian
                                                                     Bi-racial
            8    1

                          24      under 18
                                  18-21
       24                         22-30
                                  31+
POPULATION DEMOGRAPHICS
                                  Disability
                                               Autism Spectrum
                        6%   4%
                  5%                           Learning
                                               ADD/ADHD
             7%
                                               Mobility
                                         26%
        3%                                     Cognitive/Intellectual

   3%                                          Behavioral
                                               Hearing
   6%                                          Emotional
                                               Medically fragile
    3%
                                               Visual
         5%                              9%    Cerebal Palsy
                                               Down Syndrome
                                    5%
                                               Psychological
                       18%
YOUTH LEAD WEB
                          1600
                                             1470
     Number of Sessions   1400                                    1340
                                                    1225
                          1200                             1154
                                                                         1040   1071
                          1000

                          800

                          600

                          400          291
                          200    123

                            0
                                                                               YOUTH
                                                                               LEAD IS ON
                                                                               FACEBOOK


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INTRODUCTIONS   AND FACEBOOK
TECHNOLOGY ACCESS
 Do you ever use
  the Internet?

   8%                     Where do you have Internet
                   Yes              Access
     92%           No
                                                Home
                                     5%
                               14%
                                                School
                                          52%
                         29%
                                                Library

                                                Community
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EDUCATION
FUTURE PLANNING
                 Kenny            Brandon          Brittany J.
Where are        Seasonal         Single           High school
you now?         employment                        do not like
Where do you     Full-time        Attached         Learning to be
want to be?      employment                        a chef
What are you     Work hard to     Didn’t divulge   Finish up
going to do to   prove myself,                     classes at
get there?       good attitude,                    high school
                 be positive,                      and start
                 then ask                          AVTS
Updates          Has job and      Got the girl     Now
                 benefits         and brought      graduating
                                  her a            from tech chef
                                  valentine’s      program
                                  stuffed dog
CAREERS
ABILITIES           AND     DIFFERENCES
   Lessons learned
       First year ran leadership program without
        intentional focus on disabilities
           Ended up learning more about self-determination and
            self-advocacy; focused on how they can help others and
            viewed themselves as more valuable
       This year, having a group, the majority of which is
        in non-inclusive schooling, combined with mistaken
        20/20 hindsight, focused more on disability.
         Learned: disability focus not what they need because
          they get it at school and at work
         Where the group blossoms is in teen/young adult
          leadership interaction
         A program like this should be 2 years – and if you do it

          right two years (or more) is what they want
DISABILITY
PEACEJAM
 Opportunities to share their ideas about big
  issues that they do not always get to think
  about formally
 Participated in regional PeaceJam event with
  Betty Williams.
     Not easy, hard work, lots of pain, and then to
      have results that show it can be different, there
      can be change.
     Opportunity to fail in safe environment – school
      judges failure harshly and is not always set up
      so that students can learn without negative
      consequences
FOCUS GROUP
   Teens didn’t always see their change in the
    same terms as parents
       Teens gave instances of self-advocacy as
        examples of Youth LEAD’s impact
       Parents spoke about “blossoming” and growth
        and attributed more determination to teens’
        actions
   Parents have unmet needs about the system
       But recognized YL was not about their needs
   Teens recognized better with interactions and
    inter-personal communication after YL
    practice
  QUESTIONS?
   ALEXIS PETRI, MA
   PETRIA@UMKC.EDU


      ARDEN DAY
   DAYAD@UMKC.EDU


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