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Youth Leadership Academy Accepting Applicants

A Note from The Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities' Executive Director Wanda Willis about the Youth Leadership Academy

Dear readers,

Helping Tennesseans with disabilities, family members and those who serve people with disabilities become strong community leaders and advocates is one of our core goals here at the Council. This week, I want to highlight an upcoming opportunity for youth leadership training.

This year's Youth Leadership Academy, our second annual one, will focus on helping participants develop their own disability identity, sharpen their advocacy skills, learn about self-determination, and discuss strategies for making informed choices.

It will be in Nashville on June 27-28 for young adults with disabilities ages 14-24. We are partnering with one of the state's Centers for Independent Living, Empower Tennessee in Middle TN, for this year's Academy.

Download the Youth Leadership Academy flier

Download the Youth Leadership Academy Introduction Letter

Download the Youth Leadership Academy Application or Click here to apply online

Questions? Please contact Council Partners in Policymaking Director Ned Andrew Solomon at or 615-532-6556.

Many thanks,

Wanda Willis
Executive Director of the TN Council on Developmental Disabilties


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