Yasmine Harrison and Mary Miller selected for 2017 I’m Determined Youth and Parent Summit
Yasmine (Yassy) Harrison of Bethel High School and Mary Miller of Syms Middle School have been selected to attend the I’m Determined Youth and Parent Summit at James Madison University, June 14-16.
Yassy and Mary have Down syndrome, and both have excelled both in and out of the school environment.
Yassy is a 16-year-old freshman and this is the third I’m Determined Summit that she has been accepted to. She has been an honor roll student at Bethel and identifies herself as an artist. She has taken art classes for 11 years at Alternatives, Inc., but has also been involved in dance for many years. She recently had one of her paintings selected for the Hampton City Schools High School Art Show. In addition, Yassy loves math and thanks her great math teachers, starting with Georgandrea Erickson, her sixth grade teacher at Phenix PreK-8 School.
Yassy is a member of Bethel’s student council, art club, and SkillsUSA-VICA. In her free time, she loves to listen to music, ride her bike, take yoga, and exercise.
Greta Harrison, Yassy’s mom said, “The self-determination skills Yassy has learned from the I’m Determined program have helped her not only adjust easily to high school, but to succeed academically in a fully inclusive environment.”
Mary is a 15-year-old seventh grader and this is the second I’m Determined Summit that she has been accepted to. She is also a very active young lady. She is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America Club (FBLA) and is a member of a group who earned a FBLA regional second-place award on the Responsible Uses of Social Media. She is also very active in the fine arts and has participated in the Todd Rosenlieb Dance Adaptive Dance Class and is involved with the Arts Inclusion Company. Mary is a member of the Stand-Up Paddleboard Special Olympics team.
Mary has visited the General Assembly twice, advocating for increased funding for our loved ones with disabilities. In her spare time she enjoys attending musicals, the circus, and watching hockey and baseball games.
Mary’s mom, Billie Miller, said, “This is a great opportunity for Mary to become a better advocate for her interests and goals, especially in the realm of education. Plus, she gets to meet students from across Virginia.”
The Youth and Parent Summit is a two-day event held each June and sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. Youth with disabilities from across the Commonwealth meet to network and discuss issues of importance to youth and young adults with disabilities.
During the Summit, participants work in groups facilitated by I'm Determined youth leaders to discover how the core components of self-determination can be applied to their lives. Summit attendees are expected to return to their home schools and communities to share the self-determination message.
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