PYD’s Young Leaders Rising (YLR) program is a 12-week youth leadership program for Massachusetts high school students, ages 14-22, with any type of disability, that leverages both live virtual workshops and an online learning community to develop leadership and career readiness skills. YLR participants build leadership skills and leave better prepared for future employment, higher education, and independent living.
Over the course of the 12-week summer program, YLR features a range of activities and events emphasizing employment and career readiness skills, including workshops on job searching, networking, interview skills, setting career goals, and accessing available resources. These activities and workshops are opportunities for youth to acquire, expand, and practice their job readiness skills, vocational knowledge, and ability to access resources related to employment.
In addition, YLR participants learn about topics including disability pride, assistive technology, independent living, higher education, legislative advocacy, and the Disability Rights Movement. There are also numerous social and recreational opportunities, allowing participants to build relationships with peers along with mentors, collaborators, and disability advocates.