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The Latest News from the Florida Youth Council

Here's the latest information about the Florida Youth Council.

You can now Access the 10th Annual Youth Summit Program!!!

The Florida Youth Council is excited to announce that you can access the complete program guide for the 10th Annual Youth Summit. Please take the time to see all of the fun and interactive activities that Florida Youth Council has planned.

You can access the program guide here.

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

Purchase the FYC's New Book, Take the World by Storm

take the world by storm cover.jpgThe Florida Youth Council is proud to announce that their new book, Take the World by Storm, is now available for purchase online!
This book is the product of the real life experiences of the FYC members, and explores what they've learned growing up with disabilities. Some of the stories are moving, some are humorous, but all of them are truly inspirational. If you are curious about what it's like to be a youth with a disability, or if you're just looking for some thought-provoking, entertaining summer reading, please click the "Buy Now" button to purchase a copy today! Books are available for only $10, plus $2 for shipping. 

The FYC Presents the IEP Guidebook

fla youth council3.jpgThe Florida Youth Council is excited to announce the publication of its new IEP guide book, "Navigating Your IEP." This publication, which has been created by youth, for youth, offers friendly, peer to peer guidance for youth and emerging leaders that want to take more of a leadership role in the IEP process. It includes information about the important pieces that each IEP should include, how youth can prepare to participate in their IEP meeting, and most importantly, why it is so essential for youth with disabilities to take control of planning their futures.

"Navigating Your IEP" is available online in pdf format by following this link. We encourage you to share it with youth in your family and your community, and to give us any feedback you may have about what we've put together.


The Family Cafe Wins Federal Youth Grant

govmattfamily cafe003 copyThe Family Café has been awarded a three-year grant from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities within the US Department of Health and Human Services to create a Youth Information, Training and Resource Center in Florida. 

The program will provide assistance and training to youth and emerging leaders with disabilities as they navigate their transition from educational settings to the workplace and the adult world. Through a combination of peer mentoring, professional training and internships, The Family Café will foster leadership and nurture success among the participating youth and emerging leaders.

The core of the program will be the Florida Youth Council, a select group of youth and emerging leaders with disabilities that are committed to advocating for the successful transition of their peers with disabilities. The Family Café will also offer myriad opportunities for interested youth and emerging leaders to participate in the program, including:

  • An Annual Youth Summit

  • Program content at The Family Café Annual Conference

  • A program Newsletter in both electronic and print formats


  • A comprehensive Online Outreach Program that takes advantage the power of social networking through the internet


  • An Information and Referral Service that will be available to direct youth to available resources in response to specific inquiries

If you are interested in becoming a Florida Youth Council member, you can download the application form by clicking here!


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