YES! New Jersey

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Membership Includes:

  • Discounts to four annual events
    • The Power of Self-Advocacy Workshop – Sept
    • Be Your Own Superhero– November
    • Assistive Technology – February
    • Trust and Empowerment Picnic – June
  • Personal Ambassador Leader
  • Parent Network and Support
  • YES! Welcome Packet

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Calendar of Events

Power of Self-Advocacy Event
Sunday, September 24th, 2017

The YES! (Youth Examples of Self Advocacy) Program in New Jersey is holding is holding its annual Community Event - The Power of Self Advocacy for students with dyslexia and their parents. The event will be held on Sunday, September 24th at Learning Ally from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This program is a great opportunity for students ages 9 and up to explore their learning strengths and weaknesses, how to self-advocate and seek guidance from our trained YES! Student Ambassadors. Parents will benefit from sharing experiences and resources. This program is open to both YES! members and the community at large. Light refreshments will be served.

WHERE: Learning Ally- 20 Roszel Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 

TIME: 2:00pm-5:00pm

 




Not a member yet? Those interested can sign-up for the program when you register for this event. BONUS: When you sign up for the YES! Program, you receive YES! member pricing for this event!

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  • Note: A parent or guardian must attend this event with their students
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Meet the Ambassadors

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Amanda

Amanda

Hi, I’m Amanda. I am in the tenth grade at a private learning different boarding and day school. Four years ago I was diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. Though I have my challenges in reading, spelling, writing and processing information, I am gifted in science, technology, singing, and caring for other people. My passion for caring for other people is how I found the YES! Program and ultimately how I became a YES! Ambassador. I’m most excited to give kids the confidence to succeed in school and in life and make lifelong friends who will support me through thick and thin.

Brenna

Brenna

My name is Brenna and I am a sophomore at a public high school. I enjoy singing, songwriting, drawing, and public speaking. I am excited to be taking an art class this year and have found drawing to be a great creative outlet for me. I make time for it every day. After competing on my Middle School debate team for four years, I’ve started judging debate tournaments, which I enjoy. I’m not afraid to say the word “dyslexia.” In fact, I am grateful that dyslexia is a part of me. Because of it, I think differently and learned from an early age about hard work. I graduated eighth grade, winning three academic awards and another three my freshman year of high school. I plan to attend college and law school.

Caroline

Caroline





My name is Caroline. I am a junior in a public high school. I have been struggling with my dyslexia and dysgraphia since I was first diagnosed in the 4th grade. I have love for anything history and enjoy the fulfillment of learning new things. I cannot wait to help others like me advocate for themselves.

Hunter

Hunter

I’m Hunter and I’ll be a sophomore in High School this fall. I live on the beach but, surfing is not my thing. Basketball is my passion. I’ve played basketball my whole life and have played AAU and competitively for several years. This year as a freshmen, I made the Varsity team and received my letter. Basketball has also led me to another passion which is short film making and editing. I enjoy taking game film and making highlight reels and short stories out of the film. I also like to add music to the edits to make the two elements flow together to tell a story. Despite my learning differences, I do well in school as long as I work hard, have the right accommodations and advocate for myself. I do really well in History. If I hear a story once, I never forget it. I am a great listener and look forward to being a part of the YES! Program by listening to anyone who needs help or would like to understand learning differences through my eyes.

Jace

Jace

I am Jace. I have dyslexia. I was officially diagnosed in second grade although my mom knew that I had it even in kindergarten. I am 13 years old and a 7th grader at a private non-learning disabled school. I am a really hard worker and I finished 6th grade with A's and B's. I am involved a many different activities. I love horseback riding and I am trying to save money to buy my own horse. I also play the guitar and the piano. I am so excited to be a part of the YES! Program and I look forward to helping and inspiring other kids to do their best.

Jake

Jake

Jake is an 8th grader in a school on the jersey shore. He is a straight A student who is very perseverant and works his tail off all the time. He has a passion for basketball and has had a ball in his hands since he could say the word basketball. He has been playing at highly competitive tournaments since he was in the 4th grade. He won many MVP awards and he and his team have won many championships. Beside his obsession with basketball, he loves to write and be creative within his writing. Stories, poems, letters you name it; he writes it. He also loves to run and was the fastest runner on his middle school cross country team. He likes to help people out with anything and stands up for them when they need help. Jake is just like every 1 in 5 of us... he is dyslexic. And instead of using that as a let down, he uses it as a positive and looks at the strengths he has. He believes if he can give that gift to other kids through the YES! Program then he would be giving the best gift you could ever give.

James

James

I am James and I am going into my freshman year at a private school in NJ. I play competitive lacrosse and I also row crew. I was on the honor role throughout my whole eigth grade year. I learned I had a reading disability in first grade and by the sixth grade found out I was dyslexic. After having a tutor in Orton Gillingham, I am doing really well in school with no outside help.

Lea

Lea

Hi, my name is Lea and I am a junior in a public high school. I love reading (I am a huge Harry Potter fan!), animals, being outdoors, and spending time with friends. I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was in the second grade. Having dyslexia has taught me to be compassionate and empathetic towards any kind of learning difference. I spend my summers volunteering in my school district's ESY (extended school year) program, helping in a K-2 classroom. Also, I work as a teaching assistant in my synagogue on Sunday mornings. I enjoy teaching and working with LD students. I love being a YES! Ambassador, because I get to educate people about dyslexia, and to help empower those who are dyslexic.

Lindsey


Lindsey

Lindsey is 13 years old and an 8th grader at a public school in New Jersey. She has been on a competitive gymnastics team for 4 years, and her favorite event is vault. Lindsey also loves her dog Tootsie, and hanging out with her friends. Lindsey learned she was dyslexic when she was 7 years old and finally she understood why school was always such a struggle. Through lots of support and lots of hard work, Lindsey knows she is not defined by her dyslexia. Lindsey is so excited to be a part of the YES! Program so she can help other kids who have similar difficulties.

Nick

Nick

Nick is 14 years old and in 9th grade. He found out he was dyslexic in 3rd grade, and then worked very hard at a tutoring program for several years to learn skills need to help him read better. Nick uses assistive technology to help him in school. For example, he uses an iPad to listen to Learning Ally audiobooks, to dictate homework assignments, and to study with apps like Quizlet. Nick likes to spend time with his family and friends. He likes to swim, ride his bike, spend time at the beach, and travel to new places. Nick is very excited to be a YES! Ambassador because he is able to help others learn about their dyslexia and how to be a better self-advocate.

Sarah

Sarah

As far back as I can remember I could not spell. Even though I would practice my spelling words daily – Friday would come and I would flunk the spelling test! In kindergarten, we would practice memorizing the days of the week or the months of the year, but I could never memorize them. When I got older I tried to memorize our home phone number – no such luck. Don’t even mention the sight words. At my elementary school, I didn’t think anything was wrong with me, I just thought I wasn’t trying hard enough because that is what everyone kept saying to me. By the third grade, all the kids were good readers and I was not. I did not want people to know. So during silent reading, when I saw a kid turn the page, I did too. I did not read during silent reading, I just shut down – I stopped learning. Through testing, I came to learn that my early struggles weren’t due to a lack of effort, but rather -- I am dyslexic! Dyslexia is more common than many think, and with the right support I have found success in school. I hope to help others do the same.