Youth 2 Youth Program

YOUTH 2 YOUTH 

Y2Y is a brand new initiative designed to empower youth with Learning Disabilities (LDs) to become ambassadors to their community. This program is made by and for youth with LDs. Acceptance to this program is not competitive; emphasis will be placed on the applicants’ commitment to and enthusiasm for helping enrich their community, rather than on previous leadership experience.

Many youths with LDs struggle to find themselves represented in their community. Y2Y was created to give these youth a voice, and an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and advocacy experience. The aim of this program is to increase the visibility of LDs in the community and decrease the stigma.

Benefits:

  • $500 gratitude payment as thanks for your contributions to your community
  • Valuable training in planning and organizing events from an experienced event coordinator
  • Leadership and advocacy training
  • Connections with fellow ambassadors and with industry professionals
  • Letter of recommendation upon completion of the program

 Responsibilities & Duties

  • Organize a speaker series on Learning Disabilities for other youth, in collaboration with other ambassadors and an event coordinator
  • Share lived experiences of Learning Disabilities in order to empower and support other youth.

 Criteria for Ambassadors

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 15 – 25 years old, but ideally 17+
  • Applicants must have an official diagnosis of an LD and/or ADHD
  • Applicants must reside within the Halton-Hamilton area
  • Applicants should be willing to share their own experiences of living with an LD and/or ADHD to support and empower other youth.
  • Have strong communication/social skills
  • Have an energetic and enthusiastic attitude to motivate others.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and to work within a team.  
  • Ability to adapt to change
  • Applicants should demonstrate leadership aptitude and an interest in community service
  • We are looking for applicants with a history of demonstrating good moral and ethical character

Application Process

    • Please apply by clicking on the form on the right side of this page.
    • Applicants must submit an explanation of what being a “Youth Ambassador” for LDAHH means to them, and how they will utilize the experience to benefit their local community. This can be done in any format, including but not limited to video, PowerPoint, art, or essay. This must be in the applicant’s own original work and must not be undertaken by an adult.
    • This position is a year-long commitment, beginning on April 1, 2021.
    • All applications forms must be filled out no later than 11:59pm on February 14th, 2020

Possible Thanks to Gay Lea Foundation

This program is possible thanks to the generous funding provided by the Gay Lea Foundation. With the help of the Gay Lea Foundation, the Y2Y program is designed to give youth with Learning Disabilities a voice and help decrease stigma in our community.