Exciting Changes for the Becoming a Leader Youth Forum at VOC

By Nancy Mader, Project Director
LINK Center

We are coming up on our fifth annual Becoming a Leader Youth Forum at Visions of Community (VOC). In the previous four years we have had one group of youth and young adult self-advocates come together for a day of learning and fun. This year we are going to try something new. We are going to offer two tracks to better serve our youth.

We will have a track serving youth and young adults ages 14 to 26 that will focus on self-advocacy, health, creativity, and, most importantly, having fun and making new friends. This track will look much like the youth forums that we have held in previous years and will be open to any young person.

The second track, “College Navigator Bootcamp,” will be hosted by the Easterseals Massachusetts. This track is designed for students 14 to 22 who are on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) or 504 plans and are on track to graduate with a high school diploma with the vision of going to college.

This track or “bootcamp” will cover the basics for what students should be doing in high school to prepare for college, such as understanding their accommodations and self-advocacy skills. It will be a great day to get students thinking about what they need to work on in high school to be prepared for college.

The youth forum and bootcamp will have separate registrations on the VOC website at www.fcsn.org.

If you have questions about the new options please email Nancy Mader at nmader@fcsn.org.