YELL- Youth Engaged in Learning and Leading

Seeking Advisory Committee Members:

Youth Engaged in Learning and Leading Program

It is with great excitement Michigan Disability Rights Coalition and the MSU School of Social Work is implementing the Youth Engaged in Learning Leading (YELL) project.   This project is funded by the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council.  The goal of this three-year initiative is to pilot a model that will change the culture of high schools in Michigan giving the participants the tools they need to create changes in their schools and, eventually, their communities.

The YELL project will involve eight schools statewide from different parts of the state (to be determined).  Students with and without disabilities will receive training in leadership, disability history and pride, inclusion, and allyship.  They will use this knowledge and skills to work together to create school and community change.  Faculty will also receive training and provide support along with YELL staff. 

Needed Representation:

YELL Program Staff seek meaningful representation from diverse communities, including diverse disabilities and support needs, racial and cultural identity, gender identity, age, and geographic location

  • Students with and without developmental and intellectual disabilities
  • Teachers, school faculty, administration
  • Students with experience starting and facilitating student groups.
  • Parents/Families
  • Advocates/self-advocates

The role of the YELL Advisory Committee: Advise and provide input on the activities of Youth Engaged in Learning Leading; to participate in meetings; to review materials; share resources, personal experiences, current trends, activities, and issues. Help strengthen connections and collaborative activities among leadership programs, families, people with and without disabilities, and local leaders.

Commitment Involved: Quarterly meetings as the project is being developed in year one, bi-annual meetings in years two and three.  Meeting times/days will be determined by the needs of the committee.  The format will include teleconference and web-based options.   Meetings will be approximately 60-90 minutes, with some prior review of materials required at times.  MDRC is committed to providing any accommodations needed to allow everyone to fully participate.  Stipends will be provided to any non-paid members.

To become involved or for more information contact Laura Hall at or by phone at 800-760-4600.