NAD Youth Leadership Programs
NAD Youth Leadership Programs prepare young deaf and hard of hearing Americans to become future leaders and advocates by increasing their self-confidence, sense of community, and thirst for knowledge. These programs include the Junior National Association of the Deaf (Junior NAD) chapter network and biennial conferences, the annual NAD Youth Leadership Camp (YLC), the biennial Miss Deaf America Ambassador (MDAA) competition and ambassadorship program, and the biennial College Bowl (CoBo) competition.
The Junior NAD is an organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing youth. It was founded by the National Association of the Deaf to develop interest and leadership among young deaf students in state associations, schools, and/or organizations of the deaf and to provide meaningful group activities. Deaf and hard of hearing students can participate in Jr. NAD by joining a chapter set up by their school for the deaf or mainstream program.