I’m Determined is on a mission to empower young people just like you. You might be wondering what self-determination is and how you can start being more independent. This page will help you learn more and provides tools to help you on your journey.
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Meet our Youth Leaders

I’m Determined State Youth Leaders are a diverse, energetic, creative, and passionate group of young adults.

I’m Determined has taught me to talk, speak up, communicate, and not to be shy. I advocate for myself by attending my IEP meetings and telling my teachers what things I need to help me learn. I work really hard and tell myself, “you got this.”

– Sydney, Youth Leader, Region 5
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Determination is not a skill that can be mastered, it’s an aspect of life that we have to strive for everyday; within everything we do.

– Traleya, Youth Leader, Regions 2 & 3
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I’m Determined is what gave me a voice and taught me whatever I want to do, I have to be self-determined and advocate for myself. Advocating for myself has helped me advocate for other people.

– Chloe, Youth Leader, Regions 2 & 3
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I’ve had a life-changing experience with I’m Determined. The learning tools prepared me to be life-ready in college and the workforce. I strongly recommend to start using these tools early to give students a sense of autonomy in their education. The lifelong friendships that I have developed here at I’m Determined will also be cherished for a lifetime!

– Jonathan, Youth Leader, Regions 1 & 8
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Be a State Youth Leader

State Youth Leader Applications

Are you team-oriented, responsive, responsible, positive, goal-oriented, and involved in community activities? If so, please consider applying to be a Youth Leader!