We learn from each other and share what we learn with people outside of our group. Being a part of the group has helped us become more confident and better leaders. Most importantly though, we HAVE FUN!
Developing self-advocacy and community leadership skills are useful in adult life. Council members learn about how to identify and react to bullying, how to self-advocate or speak up for themselves. Of course members get to socialize, make new friends, and have fun together!
Members range from age 14-24 and age out on their 25th birthday. Older members coach younger members on advocacy, presentation skills and how to be a leader of today!
NYLC was created “by youth for youth”. We are leaders and advocates who experience a disability. We travel the state promoting disability awareness and educating our peers on transitioning to college or work.
NYLC members developed bylaws, provided feedback for Nebraska VR’s materials for students, created self-advocacy presentations for high school students and professionals working with students with disabilities, and planned Summer Leadership Conferences.
NYLC began as a single statewide youth council, but has expanded to include regional councils too. We have councils in EAST, CENTRAL, NORTHEAST and WESTERN Nebraska. Chances are, there is a council near you!
Be part of it by applying today!
Nebraska Youth Leadership Facilitator
Transition Program Director
The Facilitator oversees the Council and guides us to be successful through learning how to talk about our disabilities and advocate for ourselves. Tresa assists the facilitator with the daily operations of the NYLC. Brigid oversees all of the other functions of NYLC.
NYLC was created by youth for youth. This means we talk about what we can do for ourselves, increase our leadership ability, gain experience with public speaking, and promote disability awareness across the State of Nebraska.