Applications are now open!

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.

To apply click here!

Applications close 19 September 2019 at 5 pm.

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 workshops that will be one half-day per week, over 4 weeks.
  • 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.

This workshop series will take place on the following dates at The Huddle, 204-206 Arden Street, North Melbourne, VIC 3051:

  • Thursday, 17 October 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Thursday, 24 October 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Thursday, 31 October 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Thursday, 7 November 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm

A group of Emerging Young Leaders Program participants

Applications are open!

Apply via this online form: 

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

You can also apply over the phone. Please contact Simon Green to apply over the phone or ask any questions:

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

Applications close 19 September 2019 at 5 pm.

YDAS acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

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