Dare to Dream Youth: Leadership Development Initiative


Emerging Practice

Dare to Dream Youth: Leadership Development Initiative

State/TerritorySettingPopulationTopic AreaNPMs
Rhode IslandCommunityCYSHCNFamily & Youth Engagement12

Dare to Dream (D2D) is a learning pathway for youth with special healthcare needs and diverse learners, in grade 8 to age 21. It is an initiative from the Office of Special Needs in the Health Equity Institute at the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). The D2D Initiative focuses on creating and providing resources and activities to assist youth in developing and leading healthy lives as they move through transitional periods.

D2D 2.0 Goal - RIDOH, in collaboration with State partners including the Office of Rehabilitation Services and Rhode Island Department of Education, will build on the 10-year momentum of D2D to facilitate a D2D 2.0 Youth Conference, which will provide youth with opportunities to explore individualized strengths that support social and emotional health.

D2D 2.0 Objectives
• Focus on social and emotional health learning areas, by introducing programming that will serve as ongoing foundations of knowledge and skill building.
• Provide a conference design that includes participatory pre-work to inform event-day programming and tailor activities to individualized abilities.
• Engage 500 youth with special healthcare needs and diverse learners by providing a fun, rich learning experience and creating leadership frameworks participants can pull from before, during, and after the conference


practice contact information

Rhode Island Department of Health, Office of Special Health Care Needs (OSHCN)
Deborah Garneau
Deborah.Garneau@health.ri.gov

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