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The Arc of Philadelphia believes that every Youth is a Leader in their communities and have the Abilities to make an impact in the world. 

The program goal is to ensure youth with disabilities, ages 14-21, opportunities to build leadership skills through real-life experience. Whether it be volunteer work or an ongoing internship, students will develop professionalism, self-efficacy, and interpersonal skills, which are vital to future employment or post-secondary education.

The Youth Leadership Ability Program promotes and supports leadership skills and opportunities for youth with developmental disabilities through:

Training, Personal Development, & Mentoring
For youth with disabilities in high school and college:

  • Opportunities to mentor
  • Trainings on secondary transition
  • Connection to peers through group work/workshops
  • Participation in civic engagement opportunities

Youth Leadership Conference

Check out PHL17's coverage of the
Youth Leadership Conference on "The Weekend Philler." 

The Annual Youth Leadership Conference is a one-day event held in Philadelphia.

  • Planned and hosted by youth with disabilities and typical peers
  • Active engagement in thinking/discussion of leadership roles in their communities.
  • Outcomes include new leadership ideas and personal goals in the form of individual plans around how to achieve goals
  • Parallel track for parents and caregivers on how to support leadership objectives.
  • A project in collaboration with Philadelphia Transition Council members

Thought Leadership
The Arc of Philadelphia convenes and connects key stakeholders in the Philadelphia area to dialogue and generate solutions relating to youth leadership

Hosting events that advance awareness and adoption of inclusive practices and best practices in Secondary Transition

Contact Us
For more information about the Youth Leadership Program, please contact: 

Emily Johnson, M.Ed.
Youth Leadership Coordinator
ejohnson@arcphiladelphia.org
215.229.4550 ext. 129