INVESTING IN THE YOUTH OF TODAY
NAD Youth Leadership Programs prepare young deaf and hard of hearing Americans to become future leaders and advocates by increasing their self-determination, 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 Youth Ambassador Program (YAP), and the biennial College Bowl (CoBo) competition.
National Deaf Youth Day was developed to recognize and bring together deaf and hard of hearing youth from schools for the deaf, mainstream programs, and universities.
The Junior NAD is an organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing youth. It focuses on developing 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.
The YLC is an annual four-week summer program designed to teach deaf and hard of hearing high school students to become productive and positive leaders. Campers, known as “leaders,” are constantly inspired by their dedicated staff members (known as “builders”), who are role models from all over the United States and different countries, and their fellow leaders. The camp program fosters communication, leadership skills, and self-confidence, and gives leaders tools to achieve their goals.
The NAD Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) is a competition for deaf and hard of hearing youth ages 18 to 30 within the deaf community currently residing in the United States. Contestants will compete against each other to determine who will be the next NAD Youth Ambassador. The Youth Ambassador will work with the NAD to implement a strategic plan that addresses a social issue(s) within the Deaf community identified by the individuals during the competition. Moreover, the Ambassador will represent the NAD at presentations, workshops, the Youth Leadership Camp (YLC), and other events within the deaf community.
The NAD College Bowl competition is a spirited academic competition held during NAD biennial national conferences that brings together contestants from the top universities serving deaf and hard of hearing students. Teams vie for the coveted silver trophy and scholarships.