The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) and Duke of Edinburgh are running the Emerging Young Leaders Program. 

Our free leadership program is for young Victorians who identify as having a disability, being Deaf, neurodiverse and/or having lived experience of mental health issues.

Is this program for me?

You can apply if you:

  • are aged between 14 – 19 and
  • identify as having a disability, being Deaf, neurodiverse and/or having lived experience of mental health issues.

Why should I join?

  • Grow your leadership and advocacy skills.
  • Gain confidence working in a team.
  • Get opportunities for jobs, volunteering, and other ways to continue.
  • It's free!

Here’s what people who have done the program have said:

“I was able to meet people who wouldn't judge me and I was able to become more confident.” – Jasmine

“Fun, great people and the opportunity to understand more about myself and those who also experience challenges of disability.” – Natasha

“At the start I didn't talk much, but then I got better at answering the questions. Less shy.” – Chelsea

An Emerging Young Leaders Program participant communicating via Auslan.

What will I be doing?

  • Take part in 4 workshops designed with and for young people with disability. 

These workshops will support you to:

    • develop your leadership, teamwork, communication and project skills
    • improve your understanding of access, inclusion and advocacy
    • learn from and work with other leaders with disability
  • You’ll be with up to 15 participants in four half-day workshops.
  • If you are doing the Duke of Ed or Bridge Award, then time spent in these workshops will go towards the hours you need to complete your Award.

A group of Emerging Young Leaders Program participants

Join the waitlist!

Join the waitlist to be notified when applications open for our next leadership program. 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LeadersWaitlist

Please contact Simon Green if you have any questions:

Email: sgreen@yacvic.org.au
Phone: 0447 678 653

YDAS acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

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