STEP UP to Leadership Advisory Council Overview


Step Up To Leadership


The STEP UP Advisory Council is composed of youth and young adults with and without disabilities.  Council members serve as leaders within their schools, colleges/universities and communities. The Council focuses on issues facing all young people including leadership, self-advocacy, transition, health care, education, employment, and recreation.

The STEP UP Advisory Council is a subcommittee of the overall Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) Advisory Council known as the Community Partnership Advisory Council (CPAC). Advisory members give input on current and potential IDS programs focused on meeting the needs of youth and young adults with disabilities. Anyone is invited to apply to be on the council because everyone has a voice. 


Step Up Advisory Council
From left to right (bottom row):  Mytchiko McKenzie and Service Dog Maya, Chair Shardae Foley, Adina Washington, Historian Racheal Barnes, Madison Alliston, Clay Nix, Co-Secretary Hailey Graham, Reagan Ratcliff, Chad Sweet, Kandyce Gamble (top row) Parliamentarian Madeline Ingram, Kaitlyn Fuller, Cherish Ducksworth, Rajanece Steele, Sophia Jordan, Secretary Dan Lewis, Co-Chair Taylor Carley (not pictured) Alex Hernandez, Amber Pineda, Amber Williams, Dusty Crawford, Grant Carter,  Jordan Carter, Madison Todd, Olivia Sanguinetti, Tawanda Womack.

...young leaders of tomorrow
with and without disabilities

To apply, complete the STEP UP Profile form. For more information, contact 
Hannah Littlejohn at or Dan Lewis at danblewis429@yahoo.com1.888.671.0051.


What does STEP UP mean? STEP UP stands for: Starting Today Empowering Peers through Uniting and Participating

What does STEP UP do? STEP UP promotes leadership abilities and self-advocacy by allowing members to guide and lead themselves.   The following are STEP UP principles . . . 

STEP UP officers lead all meetings.

STEP UP has fun together as a group.

STEP UP focused on the lack of meaningful activities after high school.   

STEP UP has a monthly fun day/night, a monthly service event and other recreation events throughout the year.

STEP UP promotes inclusion.

STEP UP includes members with and without disabilities.

Who can join STEP UP? ANYONE!

I want to join! Where do I start? To apply, complete the STEP UP Profile form. For more information, contact
Dr. Jerry R. Alliston at, 601.266.5979, 1.888.671.0051. 

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