Application Deadline Extended

The Youth Advocacy Council (YAC) is looking for 8 high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 18-21, who like to work hard, collaborate with their peers, and care deeply about social justice.

What is the Youth Advisory Council?

The YAC is a platform for high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to develop leadership skills and talk about issues that are important to them and their communities.

YAC meetings provide a safe space for students to meet and collaborate. YAC members will choose one social justice issue they want to raise awareness about. With support from artists, advocates, and community leaders, YAC members will create a project about their chosen issue to share with the community.

YAC members:

  • develop leadership skills including team building and collaborative skills

  • work together to raise awareness about a social justice issue chosen by the group

  • build a social network with community leaders and other students

Students will be paid for their time on the YAC.

 

Who is the Youth Advocacy Council for?

  • High school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 18-21

  • Students who like to work in groups (or want to try!)

  • Students who want to make a difference in their communities

How does the Youth Advocacy Council work?

  • YAC members will be asked to attend two meeting per month at Temple University.

  • Meetings will be held on Saturday mornings at Temple University’s main campus.

  • Monthly meetings begin in August 2022 and will be held through December 2022.

  • Orientation will be held in July 2022 at Temple University.

Who Should Apply?

The YAC is looking for 8 high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 18-21, who like to work hard, collaborate with their peers, and care deeply about social justice. You will be asked to:

  • Complete a brief, online application.

  • Participate in a brief, informal interview with a member of our team.

  • You must be willing and available to meet two Saturdays per each month.

  • You must be willing and available to work with us from July 2022- December 2022.

  • You must be a high school student who identifies as having intellectual or developmental disabilities and be at least 18 years of age.

  • You must be willing to follow the COVID protocols of Temple University.

 

Accommodations

  • The Youth Advocacy Council will be held in an accessible meeting room at Temple University.

  • Additional accommodations will be provided – our goal is to create a fully accessible and welcoming environment for all students.

Required Documentation

  • Letter of reference from a teacher, employer, or member of the community who is not related to you.

  • Student ID

Questions?

Contact Lisa Sonneborn: lisa.sonneborn@temple.edu.

Deadline

Deadline to submit is June 20, 2022.
Applicants will be notified on or before Friday, June 10, 2022.

How to Apply

Complete both parts of the application:

  • PART 1 must be completed by the STUDENT APPLICANT.
  • PART 2 must be completed by the APPLICANT'S PARENT OR GUARDIAN.

 

The Youth Advocacy Council is a project of the Institute on Disabilities and The Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. The Youth Advisory Council is made possible with generous support from The Philadelphia Foundation.