Youth-Led, Youth-Driven Leadership

There are so many wonderful ways young people can make a big difference in their communities across Pennsylvania! We support young people to get connected to each other, and work statewide with professionals to make sure young people have a voice in all spaces that impact them. 

What’s Going On

See how youth are being engaged and where you can get involved!

Katie Smith smiling in a canoe in a river

Katie Smith Leadership Award

We are proud to announce a new award to recognize young people with disabilities who are leaders in their communities! This award is inspired by the late Katie Smith, who was a fierce champion for disability rights and youth voice.

2024 Transition Conference

Join us July 31st-August 1st for the PA Transition Conference in State College! Attend sessions and get information to help prepare for adult life, volunteer, or just come hang out with us! 

Let's learn about youth development and planning your life to transition out of high school

Transition Discoveries

Young people helped create information to prepare you for adult life, resources for youth, families and professionals, and interactive learning opportunities! 

PA Secondary Transition

Statewide Events

There are so many things going on in Pennsylvania! Here is a link to a calendar of events going on across the state. 

YAFC Podcast Series

RAISE Youth Advocates for Change (YAFC) began recording podcasts on topics important to them as youth with disabilities. The YAFC hopes that this podcast highlights the youth voice and supports parent centers as they continue to engage with youth and their families.

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