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Youth Leadership Network

Through funding by Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), the Youth Leadership Network (YLN) promotes self-advocacy and self-awareness for teens and young adults with disabilities ages 14 to 26. This is a state-wide initiative with meetings, events, and the dynamic use of social media to unite youth across the state. Groups take place in Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Bridgewater, and virtually. This is an opportunity for youth to make friends in their local communities.

#TeachDisabilityHistory

The #TeachDisabilityHistory campaign aims to promote the importance of teaching disability history. The campaign is led by youth and young adults with disabilities. Activities include youth-led presentations about the campaign as well as organizing and participating in community activities such as themed game nights that explore disability history. 

For more information or to request accommodations, email youth@eastersealsma.org, or call us at 617-226-2855. Also, like us on Facebook!



Mentoring

Through Easterseals MA mentoring programs we strive to bring together people with disabilities to connect and learn from one another. We invite disabled individuals to join in the community that will best fit them. Our mentoring programs include both community groups as well as an overnight retreat. During this time, we are offering online groups to offer a space for these groups to continue to connect as well as discuss and learn about topics important to them.

Thrive | For Young Women with Disabilities

Collage of images of young women from Thrive at mentorship retreat, including them smiling, talking, eating lunch

Thrive is a mentoring program for women with disabilities or anyone that feels they would benefit from this community ages 14 and up. Through both group and one-to-one match relationships, each participant will have the opportunity to develop the skills of self-empowerment and to promote personal achievement and self-identity within a community of other women with disabilities. Sign up by sending a message to the program manager.

Brothers Against Discrimination (B.A.D.) | For Young Men with Disabilities

Collage of images from Brothers Against Discrimination. Boys smiling, posing, talking with Kirk Joslin

Join our mentoring program B.A.D.! Brothers Against Discrimination (B.A.D.) is a mentoring program for men with disabilities or anyone that feels they would benefit from this community ages 14. Just like the female Thrive, through both group and one-to-one match relationships, each participant will have the opportunity to develop the skills of self-empowerment and to promote personal achievement and self-identity within a community of other men with disabilities. Sign up by sending a message to the program manager. 

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