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The Florida Youth Council

The Florida Youth Council is a group of youth (age 15-17) and emerging leaders (age 18-30) with disabilities or special health care needs that live in Florida.

The FYC is all about getting youth and emerging leaders involved in self-advocacy, peer mentoring and other activities that will improve the quality of life for youth and emerging leaders with disabilities in Florida. The program empowers youth and emerging leaders to decide what issues are important to their generation, to express those issues in their state and local communities, and to develop strategies to solve them.

The Florida Youth Council will offer a myriad of opportunities for interested youth and emerging leaders to participate, including an Annual Youth Summit, program content at The Family Café, a program Newsletter in both electronic and print formats, and a comprehensive online outreach program that takes advantage the power of social networking.

At this stage, we are ready to begin recruiting members. If you or someone you know would be interested in becoming part of the Florida Youth Council, you can download the application by following this link.

You can find more information on the Florida Youth Council by visiting their website at, or by contacting our office any time. You can also learn more by following the links below.

The November 2014 Noodle is Now Available

The November 2014 Noodle newsletter, written and published by the Florida Youth Council (FYC), is now here! In this issue of The Noodle, members of the council were asked to write about their favorite animal and what characteristics they admire most about that animal. Many of the members chose to write about animals you wouldn't expect to be on a list of favorites! One of the members wrote a heartwarming and inspiring story of a dog that was rescued. 

To access the November 2014 Noodle, please follow this link

The CAN Newsletter for February

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The Change Agent Network newsletter for February is here!

This edition of the CAN newsletter features an update on where we find ourselves halfway through the legislative session, an introduction to the FAAST Northwest Regional Demonstration Center here at The Family Cafe, an important reminder about online registration opening up on February 14th, and a discussion of how we settled on our "superheroes" theme for The 20th Anniversary Family Cafe.

The CAN newsletter is all about keeping you informed, and creating a space for people with disabilities and their families. We would love to hear your feedback! If there's an issue you think should be addressed, or something happening in your local community that you would like to share, let us know!

To read the latest issue of the CAN newsletter, click here.


You can now Access the 4th Annual Youth Summit Program!!!

The Florida Youth Council is excited to announce that you can access the complete program guide for the 4th Annual Youth Summit. Please take the time to see all of the fun and interactive activities that Florida Youth Council has planned over the two day period of August 5-6.

You can access the program guide here.

The FYC Celebrates Disability History and Awareness Weeks

fla youth council3October 1, marks the opening of Disability History and Awareness Weeks in Florida. Disability History and Awareness Weeks were created in Florida statute in 2008, thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of The Florida Youth Council. The legislation they worked to see enacted encourages school districts throughout the State of Florida to develop curriculum that highlights the many contributions that individuals with disabilities have made to our nation, our state, and our local communities. It also provides an occasion for Florida students to learn about the disability experience, and embrace the inclusion of their peers with disabilities.

To celebrate DHAW, The FYC has published a new edition of its newsletter, The Noodle . FYC members share their personal stories of inclusion and awareness, and highlight the importance of equality for people with disabilities. Members of the FYC are also participating in Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the DOE building in Tallahassee, and getting involved on local events around the state.

Over the next ten days, we will be sharing some facts, statistics and thoughts on the disability experience through our social media outlets on Twitter and Facebook. We encourage you to join us there! And if there’s a Disability History and Awareness activity going on in your community, we would love to hear about it.

Thanks very much for joining us in celebrating Disability History and Awareness!

The FYC Invites Youth to The 10th Annual Youth Summit

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The Florida Youth Council invites youth and emerging leaders to The 10th Annual Youth Summit, this August 11-12 in Orlando!

The Annual Youth Summit brings together young people with disabilities between the ages of 15 and 30 from communities across the state of Florida to learn, share, and network. This two-day event is hosted by The Florida Youth Council, a group of youth and emerging leaders with disabilities who have a passion for encouraging leadership and advocacy among their peers. The FYC is all about youth empowerment, and the entire Annual Youth Summit is planned for youth, by youth!

The 10th Annual Youth Summit will be held at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando, August 11-12. Limited financial assistance is available. If you are not requesting financial assistance, please contact the Florida Hotel directly at 407-859-1500 to reserve a room at the special event rate of $104/night. Make sure to mention the Annual Youth Summit to get the event rate.

To register, please complete this form and return it to The Family Cafe by email to or fax to 850/224-4674.


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