Youth Empowerment and Leadership

YELP (Youth Empowerment & Leadership Project) keeps growing! The program is open to people with physical disabilities aged 16 – 25. The YELP program gives participants the opportunity to participate in Paralympic sports, field trips and social outings, peer support and specific education programs on relevant topics. There are 8-10 programs each fall and spring season. There are up to 4 YELP specific programs in the summer and general programs that are open to YELP participants.

Some topics discussed in peer support in the past:

  • mental health
  • independence
  • relationships

YELP education/information sessions have included topics such as:

  • money management
  • travel tips
  • RTA access
  • advocacy

An important aspect of the peer support sessions is getting feedback from your friends, volunteers and staff.  YELP peer support sessions are usually held from 6 to 7:30 PM on Wednesday evenings during the fall and spring season. (Special event/summer times can vary.)

This program allows YC to address the needs of young adults specifically by providing a safe, interactive and engaging space to socialize and learn. Participants are able to access YC more frequently and alumni are able to connect with old friends, volunteers and staff.

For more information contact the Director of Program and Volunteer Services, Sarah Perez-Stable, at (440) 892-1001 or by email at sperez-stable@youthchallengesports.com, the Social Worker, YELP Coordinator, Steve Kyman, at skyman@youthchallengesports.com, or the Program Manager, Mackenzie Vecchio, at mvecchio@youthchallengesports.com.

 

The 2019 Youth Empowerment and Leadership Program is sponsored by: