Young Leaders Rising

Young Leaders Rising (YLR) program is an 8-week youth-led leadership program for high school participants (ages 14-22), and fellows (ages 18-27) with any type of disability. Designed in 2021 as a virtual program, YLR 2024 enables youth to select from two separate schedules; one designed for in-person programming, and one for virtual participants.  Both groups will have the opportunity to come together during hybrid activities.

Each four-week series includes keynote speakers, workshops, project-based learning opportunities, and a culminating experience that encourages youth to apply knowledge to real-life contexts.  Group projects will be shared at the PYD Showcase on August 23rd.

In Person Event
June 1
10am to 3pm
Leadership Institute at PYD
89 South Street Boston, MA, 02111
*Fellows Only
Wayside Adventure
May 28 – June 7
*After school hours
Disability Pride, Advocacy and Activism
Biography Projects
July 15 – July 27
Post-Secondary Options
Post-Secondary Tour
July 29 – August 9
Independent Living
Center for Independent Living
August 12 – August 23
Career Readiness
PYD Showcase

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Participants will have a choice to join all four series or the series that are the best fit for them. Each themed series will include live workshops, online coursework, interactive projects/hands-on activities to apply knowledge, and a culminating in person event. All participants will have numerous social and recreational opportunities, allowing them to build relationships with peers along with mentors, partners, and disability advocates.

While participants can apply for any number of the series based on their interest and availability, we will also offer open networking events that participants are encouraged to join regardless of which series they select including a career mentor luncheon & resource fair. In-person culminating events will also be open to all participants. These events foster confidence and allow participants to apply and practice skills learned throughout sessions.


Fellows are young adults with a disability between the ages of 18-27 that have completed high school, demonstrate leadership, and are committed to dedicating five hours per week to assist in the planning and implementation of YLR.

Fellows assist in four major key areas: recruitment efforts, program design, facilitation of discussions and small group projects related to each session’s culminating experience. Fellows are paid a rate of $15 per hour.

Program Contacts

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Carol Murray

Youth Leadership Manager
She, Her, Hers

Phone: 617-556-4075 x150