Youth Working Towards Inclusive Communities

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Youth Empowering Social Status members pose for story about their mission to raise awareness on disabilities and promote self-confidence.
Youth Empowering Social Status members pose for story about their mission to raise awareness on disabilities and promote self-confidence. Photo credit Kfyrtv.com

We frequently talk about inclusion and why it is important. For children with disabilities, going to school can be a challenge. Also, after graduation the challenges do not get any easier. Being yourself is important advice for anyone. Furthermore, this transition from high-school to work or college can seem like a mountain at your gate. Luckily there are groups that not only focus on this transition to explore interests, but empower youth to pursue their goals. We spoke of inclusion in a particular post years ago and I wanted to share it with you again here.

Starting young

A new youth group in the Bismark area called YESS (Youth Empowering Social Status) is spreading awareness and advocating for self-confidence and inclusion. I want to share a link to YESS’s Facebook page here. Not only are these youth helping young high-school graduates with a tough transition, they promote inclusion by building bridges into the community.

West Fargo Transition Academy

Another excellent program in West Fargo strives to empower youth. By helping to recognize their value and potential while instilling the desire to be life-long contributing members of their communities. I want to share the link to their website here because they have so many areas of focus aimed at success in an inclusive environment.

What are we waiting for?

We do not have to wait until children graduate from high-school to start talking about inclusion. I want to share with you a post from YESS. It is things that students can do to support their peers with disabilities. We need to encourage inclusion as early as possible and teach our children the benefits from inclusion and how it makes our community stronger.

List of 28 things that peers can do to support classmates with disabilities.  We can think of several things that would benefit everyone. Learning in an inclusive atmosphere.
Why not encourage inclusion right away? Photo credit: YESS

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