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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, or by contacting our office any time. You can also learn more by following the links below.

The FYC Invites Youth to The 10th Annual Youth Summit

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The Florida Youth Council invites youth and emerging leaders to The 10th Annual Youth Summit, this August 11-12 in Orlando!

The Annual Youth Summit brings together young people with disabilities between the ages of 15 and 30 from communities across the state of Florida to learn, share, and network. This two-day event is hosted by The Florida Youth Council, a group of youth and emerging leaders with disabilities who have a passion for encouraging leadership and advocacy among their peers. The FYC is all about youth empowerment, and the entire Annual Youth Summit is planned for youth, by youth!

The 10th Annual Youth Summit will be held at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando, August 11-12. Limited financial assistance is available. If you are not requesting financial assistance, please contact the Florida Hotel directly at 407-859-1500 to reserve a room at the special event rate of $104/night. Make sure to mention the Annual Youth Summit to get the event rate.

To register, please complete this form and return it to The Family Cafe by email to or fax to 850/224-4674.


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 February 2012 Edition of The Noodle is Here!

The FYC is excited to have you read this edition of The Noodle. In this edition, FYC members were asked to write about their dream jobs. We all have a dream job, and the FYC members are no different. Their dream jobs range from being the president of the United States to being a website designer. The FYC hopes that you enjoy these articles, which are both personal and insightful, that make up the February 2012 Edition of the ever popular Noodle.

You can access this edition of The Noodle my following this Link.

The February 2015 Noodle is Now Available

The February 2015 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 a signature dish that they either like to cook or eat. This topic let members share their thoughts and memories about a special dish. Members wrote about mac n’ cheese, chili, nachos and more!

To access the February 2015 Noodle, please follow this link.

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.


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