Hosted in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Youth Team and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth), the YouthACT online dialogue provided a four-day period, from May 19 through May 22, 2016, for  youth and young adults with disabilities to discuss an important topic: what they need in order to become successful adults. During the dialogue  young  adults with disabilities shared supports and strategies  they find useful in  their  lives. Conversation topics included  actions that people have taken that helped  them achieve success and what things they think could further  support them as they  become  successful adults. These insights and perspectives will help policymakers and people who work with youth to better understand what supports youth need to become successful adults.

What’s Inside >> Learn How the Department of Labor

  • Reported a high level of participation from 13-15 year olds
  • Utilized Twitter to increase engagement
  • Coached moderators on how to encourage participation throughout the four-day challenge
2016 Innovation Award Runner-Up: Department of Labor