This advocacy group of young people with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 30 meets weekly at Access Living. Advance Youth Leadership Power (AYLP) members are generally youth who have gone through Access Living’s leadership training program, and understand how to use grassroots organizing techniques to press for social change. The group organizes for social change on behalf of young people with disabilities
AYLP is best known for its 2006 campaign to revoke a massive Chicago Public Schools budget cut in special education teachers and aides in Chicago. As a result, AYLP won the first ever Advocacy Award from Access Living.
AYLP has also worked on transportation, transition to independence, and bullying issues.
AYLP meets every Tuesday from 4 - 6 p.m.