IAJVS youthAbility Program


youthAbility was a two-year program that provided outreach to and recruitment of young people with disabilities into national and community service programs. Under the direction of IAJVS and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, ten affiliates collaborated to implement YouthAbility, an innovative national project that promoted national service among the nation's youth. The project provided information about national service programs to youth with disabilities, established recruitment programs, and helped national and community service programs adapt their programs to make them more inclusive and accommodating to individuals with disabilities.

IAJVS and its affiliates partnered with an organization having an equally outstanding reputation in the fields of volunteerism and national service: Youth Service America (YSA). The collaboration linked experts within the disability community and those within the national and community service arenas to create an effective process that yielded increased participation by youth with disabilities in national service.

Local youthAbility programs ran in ten cities through IAJVS affiliate agencies:

The youthAbility Tech Access Program, which subsidizes the purchase of assistive technology so that youth with disabilities have the opportunity to volunteer, complements this program. For more info, please click here to visit the youthAbility Tech Access Program page.