Victoria Opportunities for Community Youth Leadership (VOCYL)
Victoria Opportunities for Community Youth Leadership is a unique program that brings together young people who are interested in creating an inclusive community for all. VOCYL gives participating youth the chance to develop leadership skills through activities such as: developing and delivering presentations and workshops to local middle school students; planning social and fundraising events; participating in camping trips, adaptive recreational sports and retreats; and building a support network among themselves.
At VOCYL, we believe that everyone has the right to belong.
Victoria Opportunities for Community Youth Leadership – or VOCYL, pronounced “vocal” – gives youth from diverse backgrounds and with varying abilities the opportunity to connect with one another in a meaningful way and develop leadership skills while sharing the message of inclusion.
VOCYL was founded in 2004 and is supported by Community Living Victoria.
VOCYL’s philosophy is that everyone has the right to belong – no matter his or her race, gender, size, age, religion, sexual orientation or ability. VOCYL members share their knowledge and experiences as youth both with and without disabilities in order to advocate for change in their local high schools and communities.
Youth in the program meet bi-weekly and have the chance to make new friends, participate in community events and conferences, give presentations to local schools, build leadership skills, plan social events and have tons of fun!
To learn more about VOCYL’s accomplishments, read our annual VOCYL Achievements Reports below.
VOCYL Book is now for sale!
Many of you likely have heard about the great work our VOCYL youth leadership group has been doing for years! Made up of youth from diverse backgrounds and with different abilities, VOCYL’s philosophy is that everyone has the right to belong. They spread the message of inclusion by providing presentations and workshops continuously throughout the school year to many of the local middle and high schools. They effectively touch, inspire, encourage and make a difference every day! This year they have produced a book that showcases their talents in writing, poetry, artistry and sharing their life accomplishments. Contact us or drop by the office to purchase your copy for $25.00. Makes an awesome gift for teachers and others you want to thank for their inspiring work.