Beacons, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public benefit nonprofit
empowering adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
Leadership & Advocacy
Leadership Council is for individuals aged 16+ who want to guide decisions at Beacons, Inc. and develop leadership and advocacy skills. Leadership Council is a free activity guided by a facilitator to make sure the decisions of Beacons, Inc. are driven by the interests and input of the individuals it serves, and that the council members develop skills to strengthen self-advocacy, decision making and leadership.
Each council meeting uses multiple options for expressive communication to welcome all forms of input.
What does Leadership Council do?
Leadership Council members:
• share ideas about what they would like Beacons to do,
• develop and practice leadership skills through group activities,
• explore and work with technology to develop advocacy skills,
• develop leadership profiles,
• present agenda topics to drive & lead meetings, and
• as of May 2020, create a monthly Leadership Newsletter.
Should you prepare for Leadership Council? Yes!
An "agenda" is shared with leaders before each meeting so that they may ask questions or add to it, and prepare ahead of time.
What is an "Agenda"?
An agenda lists the things that will be talked about at the meeting so that people can read it ahead of time and prepare some thoughts if they want for the meeting.
Favorite Leadership Quotes from some of our Leaders:
Aly: If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, and do more, you are a leader!" and "Leaders find ways to connect with their people and help them fulfill their potential."
Andrew: "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
Corbin: "I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than a tree."
Emily: "Stronger together."
Hannah: "Treat people the way you want to be treated."
Kenton: "Don't judge a book by its cover."
Kiley: "Always let your conscience be your guide."
1) Complete your Leadership Profile for our Leadership Board, and
2) think of what you'd like to do with your leadership skills.
LC will meet via Zoom
through the summer
Friday, 4/3 @ 3 pm
Focus: Learning Zoom & Presenting an Agenda
Friday, 4/10 @ 11 am
Friday, 4/17 @ 2 pm
Focus: 1 page
Friday, 5/15 @ 1 pm
Focus: Understanding Obstacles, LC Newsletter
Friday, 6/19 @ 1 pm
Focus: Fun Tech
Tools & Ways to Advocate
Friday, 7/17 @ 1 pm
Focus: Self Determination
No more meetings
until onsite activities
(Websites that can help you!)
OC CAREER CAFE
DISABILITY RIGHTS CALIFORNIA
Free help if you are discriminated against!
CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY
A committee where you can share your thoughts!
Select Committee on Intellectual &
Consumer Guide (English) (Spanish)
(to help you understand your rights)
OFFICE of CLIENT RIGHTS
PEOPLE FIRST CALIFORNIA
Another group of self-advocates!
SELF ADVOCACY ONLINE
SELF ADVOCACY TOOLS
Click here to learn more!
STATE COUNCIL ON
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (SCDD)
(Apply to join the SCDD)