Apply to Be a State Partner

The National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) is thrilled to announce that we are accepting applications for new state partners!

Are you an activist looking for support to start a youth-led local or state organization?

Do you belong to a group that wants to connect into a national network of disabled youth organizers?

youth powre written in a power boxNYLN is a youth-led organization that works to build power and community among young people with disabilities. Over the last few years, we’ve worked three state partners. State partners are independent activist teams or organizations run by and for youth with disabilities. We helped them share information, collaborate on projects, and even fund specific projects. We’ve created a way for state groups to link up with one another. At the same time, we serve as a national support and resource for those teams. This has created a cool connection between individual activists and national efforts. It is a great experience, and we are ready to make this team even larger!

What defines a state partner?
• State partners must be youth-led. This means youth do the work, make the decisions, seek a vision, and determine what supports they need.
• State partners must be inclusive of all types of disabilities and all identities of people. This includes using accessible language and inclusive styles of events.
• State partners are independent groups and organizations.

What are the benefits of becoming a state partner?
• You get to tap into a network of other youth organizations.
• There are opportunities to co-apply for grants with NYLN.
• We have a lot of free trainings, resources, and information to share!

To download a state partner application, please use this link: NYLN STATE PARTNER APPLICATION.

To contact us, please call Betsy Valnes. Betsy is the Executive Director. She can be reached at or 301-915-0353