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.

Please contact Simon Green if you have any questions:

Phone: 0447 678 653

YDAS acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

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