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Recognition for young leaders of all abilities

Graduating students of the Future Leaders All Abilities Program have been recognised in a community celebration at the Southern Support School in Howrah.

Young Leaders of Tasmania (YLOT) chief executive officer Keren Franks said the program, launched in 2017, sought to transform the lives of young Tasmanians, change community perceptions of disability, and increase workforce participation in the disability sector.

“We are very proud of this program and the positive impact it is having on our future generations,” she said.

“YLOT is about giving Tasmanian youth the best opportunities for personal growth within a safe, structured program.”

YLOT participant and alumni member Mila Skingle was this year’s winner of the Tasmanian Young Achiever Award for Service to the Disability Sector.

“I thank YLOT for all the opportunities I have been exposed to as part of my involvement since Grade 6 in this organisation,” Ms Skingle said.

“I am now advocating for more inclusive learning and more accessible facilities at my college.

“I have also become a Commissioner for Children and Young People ambassador, advocating for my peers with a disability to influence politicians and decision-makers.

“I am certain that this program can be a vehicle for making the Tasmanian community a more accessible, inclusive and accepting place for people, specifically young people with disability.”

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