Deaf Youth Navigating Challenges and Building Bridges

Join our webinar hosted by the NAD Deaf Youth Well-Being Priority committee, featuring insights from current deaf youth involved with state associations, former officers who led organizations under the age of 30, and board members who spearheaded youth efforts. Panelists will share personal stories, lessons learned, and practical strategies to implement in your state!

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March 12, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM ET



Claudia is looking at the camera.Claudia is a dedicated and passionate professional who is driven by unwavering enthusiasm and a strong commitment to positively impacting the lives of young individuals. With a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in Family and Child Studies from Gallaudet University, Claudia’s journey began with an internship working with the Educational Policy Counsel at the NAD, where her passion for volunteering and community service took root. She coordinated conferences such as the National Deaf Education Conference and the National Deaf People of Color Conference while advocating for deaf students in K-12 and Higher Education. Claudia’s dedication to making a difference led her to earn a Master’s degree in Early Language Advocacy. Beyond her professional pursuits, Claudia finds joy in watching TV shows, bouldering, trying new recipes, and caring for her plants. She also cherishes the company of her beloved cat, Theon. Claudia eagerly looks forward to empowering deaf youth leaders, and leveraging her diverse experiences and dedicated passion to create a lasting impact.
Ari is looking at the camera.Ari is a Deaf photographer, social media manager, and content creator from Louisiana. He's passionate about using his skills to promote the Deaf community and make a difference in the world. He's a member of several Deaf organizations and the Vice President of the NAD Youth Section. He's known for his educational content in ASL as his alter ego, “Dr. Pah!”, which has reached as many as 500,000 people on Deaf Focus’ social media platforms.
Elizabeth is looking at the camera.Elizabeth is a Senior at the Model Secretary School for the Deaf (MSSD) in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Jr. NAD President at MSSD. She is Deaf and comes from a Deaf family, residing in Georgia. Elizabeth is passionate about educating the education system on gifted students who lack mental health services. She serves on a committee for the NAD. Elizabeth has been accepted to Gallaudet University, and she wants to be an advocate for Deaf children.
Kelvin is looking at the camera.Kelvin, a Deaf American hailing from a Vietnamese family, spent two impactful years as a student at Gallaudet University. Dedicated to men's mental health within the deaf community, Kelvin is also a proud graduate of the Class of 2012 from California School for the Deaf, Riverside.
Amy is looking at the camera.Amy is a native deaf New Mexican who was born and raised in the rural region of Northern New Mexico. She comes from a deaf family with several extended deaf family members. Her family resides in New Mexico and Arizona area and has been in that area for generations. She is a graduate of the New Mexico School for the Deaf and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Amy currently works as the Vocational Program Director at the Community Outreach Program for the Deaf. She serves as a board member for three community organizations which includes the New Mexico Association of the Deaf, the New Mexico Hispanic Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the New Mexico School for the Deaf Alumni Association. Amy is an avid sport fan, with goals of touching every sport stadium in the US!
DeMarco is looking at the camera.DeMarco is a Deaf Atlantan who is of the 9th generation of Deaf family- with both parents, siblings, nieces, and cousins being all Deaf (which made for a fantastic cheering support system). He is a recent Interdisciplinary Studies graduate of Georgia State University where he made history as the university’s first Deaf Homecoming King and finished college in just two years. Born in Atlanta and raised in Clayton County where he attended Suder Elementary, Mundy’s Mill Middle School, and Jonesboro High School (JHS), DeMarco received scholarships and played on the JHS football team with recognition. He recently worked as Digital Coordination for Stacey Abrams’ 2022 gubernatorial campaign. In 2021, he served as the NADYS Region III (South) Youth Representative. His proposal on addressing Deaf youth mental health was accepted as one of the NAD’s top priorities. He was selected to serve on the Youth General Assembly for the 2024 NAD conference. DeMarco is currently undertaking MBA studies at Jackson State University and volunteers as the treasurer for the Georgia Association of the Deaf.


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