The Governor’s Council on Disability announces its annual Youth Leadership Award. The award is to recognize an outstanding Missouri youth (age 16-26) with a disability that has demonstrated exemplary leadership by making a difference in their community.

A youth with disability shall meet one or more of these criteria for the award: be engaged in activities that improve the quality of life of people with disabilities in Missouri or demonstrate social activism that improves their community in Missouri.

The nomination form for the 2018 Youth Leadership Award will be available this fall.

The Governor's Council on Disability has determined the winner for 2017.

5th Annual Youth Leadership Award: Andrew Tollefson

Helping people understand the ability behind the disability is a mission that Andrew Tollefson takes very seriously. As a junior at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, he excels academically and has maintained perfect attendance. Andrew is a member of Knights of Excellence Club, We Are All Knights Club, and has been on the Honor Roll for three years. Andrew serves as a tutor and mentor for elementary school children, and as an annual DisABILITY Awareness speaker to educate others and advocate for people with disabilities. He has been a guest reporter on Fox 2 News in St. Louis for Variety the Children’s Charity fundraising week and was an advocate for people with disabilities on The Thread, a local television show.

2016 Winner

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2013 Winner