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The Florida Youth Council

The Florida Youth Council is a group of youth (age 15-17) and emerging leaders (age 18-30) with disabilities or special health care needs that live in Florida.

The FYC is all about getting youth and emerging leaders involved in self-advocacy, peer mentoring and other activities that will improve the quality of life for youth and emerging leaders with disabilities in Florida. The program empowers youth and emerging leaders to decide what issues are important to their generation, to express those issues in their state and local communities, and to develop strategies to solve them.

The Florida Youth Council will offer a myriad of opportunities for interested youth and emerging leaders to participate, including an Annual Youth Summit, program content at The Family Café, a program Newsletter in both electronic and print formats, and a comprehensive online outreach program that takes advantage the power of social networking.

At this stage, we are ready to begin recruiting members. If you or someone you know would be interested in becoming part of the Florida Youth Council, you can download the application by following this link.

You can find more information on the Florida Youth Council by visiting their website at www.FloridaYouthCouncil.com, or by contacting our office any time. You can also learn more by following the links below.

The November 2014 Noodle is Now Available

The November 2014 Noodle newsletter, written and published by the Florida Youth Council (FYC), is now here! In this issue of The Noodle, members of the council were asked to write about their favorite animal and what characteristics they admire most about that animal. Many of the members chose to write about animals you wouldn't expect to be on a list of favorites! One of the members wrote a heartwarming and inspiring story of a dog that was rescued. 

To access the November 2014 Noodle, please follow this link

You can now Access the 4th Annual Youth Summit Program!!!

The Florida Youth Council is excited to announce that you can access the complete program guide for the 4th Annual Youth Summit. Please take the time to see all of the fun and interactive activities that Florida Youth Council has planned over the two day period of August 5-6.

You can access the program guide here.

The FYC Celebrates Disability History and Awareness Weeks

fla youth council3October 1, marks the opening of Disability History and Awareness Weeks in Florida. Disability History and Awareness Weeks were created in Florida statute in 2008, thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of The Florida Youth Council. The legislation they worked to see enacted encourages school districts throughout the State of Florida to develop curriculum that highlights the many contributions that individuals with disabilities have made to our nation, our state, and our local communities. It also provides an occasion for Florida students to learn about the disability experience, and embrace the inclusion of their peers with disabilities.

To celebrate DHAW, The FYC has published a new edition of its newsletter, The Noodle . FYC members share their personal stories of inclusion and awareness, and highlight the importance of equality for people with disabilities. Members of the FYC are also participating in Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the DOE building in Tallahassee, and getting involved on local events around the state.

Over the next ten days, we will be sharing some facts, statistics and thoughts on the disability experience through our social media outlets on Twitter and Facebook. We encourage you to join us there! And if there’s a Disability History and Awareness activity going on in your community, we would love to hear about it.

Thanks very much for joining us in celebrating Disability History and Awareness!

A Day in the Life of the Florida Youth Council

The Florida Youth Council is excited to announce that they have just finished their latest project,
A Day in the Life of the Florida Youth Council.

The Florida Youth Council is a group of youth (age 15-17) and emerging leaders (age 18-30) with disabilities or special health care needs that live in Florida. The Florida Youth Council is all about getting youth and emerging leaders involved in self-advocacy, peer mentoring and other activities that will improve the quality of life for youth and emerging leaders with disabilities in Florida. The program provides a means for youth and emerging leaders to decide what issues are important to their generation, to express those issues in their state and local communities, and to develop strategies to solve them.

All the members of the Council took video of themselves throughout a typical day for them. All of their videos were combined into an exciting montage that shows all of the members just living their lives. The video’s tag line is, “We may be different, but we are all the same!”

The video is available at the FYC YouTube account, here. Please go and check it out. We appreciate everyone’s support

The August 2014 Noodle is now Available

The August 2014 Noodle Newsletter, written and published by the Florida Youth Council (FYC.), is not here.  In this issue of The Noodle, members of the council were asked to write about major life changes and accomplishments that they achieved recently. This topic was chosen as a way to highlight some of the good things that are happening to FYC members. The articles that were written focus on pursuing and accomplishing dream such as graduation from college and getting a job in their chosen career field. One article focuses on turning thirty and realizing that doesn’t mean the end of the world. The FYC members truly hope that the few minutes you take out of your busy schedule to read their articles and celebrating their accomplishments and life changes in this August 2014 Edition of The Noodle Newsletter.   

To view The August 2014 Noodle please follow this link.

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