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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 facebook Page Views 140 120 100 80 60 Page Views 40 20 0 4/5/09 5/5/09 6/5/09 7/5/09 8/5/09 9/5/09 10/5/09 11/5/09 12/5/09 1/5/10 2/5/10 3/5/10 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 Ctr 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 VISIT US ON THE WEB AT WWW.YOUTHLEADWEB.ORG!
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