Healthy Youth Development: Reaching California’s Minority Youth with Disabilities

Brief Description

Too often, minority youth with disabilities are at the greatest risk for poor health outcomes, high school drop-out, and a life-long reliance on government subsidies. These youth are also some of the hardest to reach and some of the most challenging to engage in youth development efforts.

This day-long convening will bring together youth and experts in the field of youth development with providers, employers, researchers, funders and advocates who are working to engage minority youth with disabilities in healthy youth development efforts. Panel presentations and discussions will focus on a specific area of youth development: service and employment. Participants will describe innovative techniques to outreach to and engage minority youth with disabilities in youth development opportunities that focus on service and employment. A youth panel will provide insight into their greatest needs and challenges and how providers and employers can reach them. Furthermore, we will attempt to broaden the discussion by introducing new and often unheard voices that have experiences and practical knowledge that transcend traditional providers and agency administrators.

This convening will provide opportunities for: discussion on innovation, learning best practices and brainstorming opportunities for advancement in the field. Based on the day’s sessions, a white paper will be authored and disseminated through relevant networks.

Measured or Anticipated Outcomes
  • Improved understanding amongst all involved participants of how to engage minority youth with disabilities in healthy youth development efforts, as evidenced by at least 25 stakeholders attending the convening and completing post-conference surveys.
  • Increased opportunities for cross-systems collaboration, as evidenced by participation in the convening by three different sectors such as: for-profit employers, higher education entities, and community services providers.
  • Increased visibility of the issues facing minority youth with disabilities via dissemination of a discussion paper that presents key strategies for engaging minority youth with disabilities and a public webinar that presents the outcomes of the convening that reaches at least 50 people.

  • Funders
    The California Endowment has provided support for this project.

    Key Partners
    There are numerous partners who will contribute to this meeting including: Autistic Self Advocacy Network, TransCen, Institute for Educational Leadership, Girl Scouts of the National Capitol Region, and the US Business Leadership Network.

    Danielle Cameron, Director of National Development , Email :