Youth Leadership Network (YLN)

A program for youth with disabilities aged 14-26.


The Youth Leadership Network (YLN) is a state-wide program promoting self-advocacy and self-awareness for youth and young adults with disabilities ages 14-26. The YLN is run by Easter Seals-MA, and carries out activities through monthly meetings, events and social media. Meetings are held at four locations across the state, in partnership with local Independent Living Centers.

  • Meetings are fun, with hands-on activities and discussions about communication, teamwork, community service, disability rights, career interests, and employment skills.

  • Each meeting focuses on a theme to help prepare youth for transitions to employment, adult living, and continuing education.

  • The Network connects youth from across the state through community service projects, an opportunity to visit the State House, and other group activities.

  • The Network also holds workshops for families to share information and learn about resources available to assist with youth transition.

Who is eligible to participate?

Youth and young adults ages 14-26 living with a disability.
Parents of youth with disabilities are encouraged to participate in the parent workshops.

  • Participation in this program is free
  • New members can join at anytime
  • Accommodation requests such as ASL interpreter must be received 3 weeks before the group meeting date

Locations and Times

Easter Seals MA
484 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01608
Saturdays, 12-2 pm

Easter Seals MA
89 South St.
Boston, MA 02111
Saturdays, 12-2 pm

Stavros IL Center
227 Berkshire Ave.
Springfield, MA 01109
Tuesdays, 5-7 pm

Independence Associates
100 Laurel St.
E. Bridgewater, MA 02333
Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 pm

For more information contact:
E-mail: Phone: (617) 226-2855
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