For over 40 years, Youth Challenge has been bringing together a community of participants with physical disabilities and teen volunteers, many of whom credit YC for their empowerment and growth in character. As an alumnus of YC, past participants and volunteers have opportunities to stay active and involved with YC. Alumni might not be participating in traditional programming, but there are lots of opportunities to stay involved!
Alumni Community Team (ACT!)
ACT! is a newer program to YC focused on using “old school” YC fun to assist people with disabilities in navigating the challenging and sometimes isolated adult world. The group is made up of alumni participants, volunteers, and members of YP4YC (see below). Activities range from social gatherings to educational opportunities to learn and sharpen skills. Not only is ACT! a chance for former YC participants to stay involved with their Youth Challenge friends, it’s also an opportunity to become an advocate for people with disabilities across Northeast Ohio. For more information on joining ACT!, please contact Lisa Friel 440.892.1001 x 11 or email@example.com.
Young Professionals for Youth Challenge (YP4YC)
YP4YC is a group of young professionals interested in helping Youth Challenge spread awareness of sports and recreational services offered for children with physical disabilities in our community. YP4YC members include YC alumni participants, volunteers, and other young professionals interested in supporting the YC mission. Click here for details about joining YP4YC.
Jane Rapp, a YC alumna with Quad Spastic Cerebral Palsy wanted to create a place where resources and information could be found for fellow people with a chronic illness and or disability. The goal is to create articles to inform “the outside world” and empower those affected by chronic illness and or disability. Learn more at www.chronicallychallenged.com.
YC Alumni, both participants and volunteers, can have an incredible impact on the community by advocating for rights for people with disabilities. One of the easiest ways to do this is to send a message to your elected officials through ADA Cleveland, a coalition of disability – related organizations that YC is a part of. Click here or follow the links below to take action today for a more accessible tomorrow!
Alumni Profile: Gabby Bova, alumni participant, involved with YC since age 5