"I gained a sense of leadership and the impact one person has
or can have on a community."
- Mattie Hogan, 2015 Alumni
Youth receive first-hand experience working in an office setting and often work on youth-driven advocacy campaigns, such as the Disability History Week Campaign and Taking Action for Accommodations. The YO! Volunteer Corps create connections for youth with adults with disabilities, as well as other youth volunteers. YO! Volunteer Corps members earn a stipend every month.
Meet a YO! Volunteer…
My name is Armand Bujanda. I am a 25 year old college senior at Cal Poly Pomona where I am currently studying Business Administration emphasizing in non-profit management. I also volunteer/intern at the Service Center for Independent Life (SCIL) which is the Independent Living Center (ILC) in my area. As a volunteer/intern, I work with the systems change advocate to understand how to advocate for others as well as myself. As part of my internship duties I also attended several board meetings. Attending board meetings lead to a position on the board at SCIL. As a board member, I plan on serving the interest of the youth and consumers. I have engaged with them in their Independent Living Skills (ILS) trainings by participating and facilitating some of the ILS trainings. This experience helped me understand how to work with people with various disabilities at once. As part of the YAC, my goal is to help lead others towards self-acceptance and to understand the intersectionality of disability and ethnicity. As part of this goal, I am working on starting a Latinos with Disabilities Support Group with my local ILC.
Youth Advisory Council (YO! YAC) Armand California Foundation for Independent Living Centers – Sacramento, CA
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