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Annual Youth Leadership Award

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 Governor's Council on Disability is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Youth Leadership Award. Please choose one of the following options to submit your nomination(s) by January 31, 2023:

2022 Youth Leadership Award Nomination – Fillable PDF

2022 Youth Leadership Award Nomination – Fillable Word Document

2022 Youth Leadership Award Nomination – Print

2022 Youth Leadership Award Nomination – Instructions

2021 Winners

Winner: Seyoon Choi

Seyoon Choi is a junior at St. Louis University (SLU) majoring in Social Work. He serves as the co-chair of the National Association of Blind Students’ (NABS) communications committee and is the producer of the NABS podcast. He also works as a research assistant in the Chrome Lab on SLU’s campus. In his spare time, Choi creates educational tutorials for the public on his YouTube channel, Blind Insider.

Youth Leadership Award Winner Seyoon Choi Picture

Honorable Mention: TyReeke Garnett

TyReeke Garnett attends high school and holds two part-time jobs. He has been a LifeBridge Partnership participant since 2012 and a Program Support Assistant since 2020. Starting out as a camp counselor in training, he quickly advanced to being a paid camp counselor. Garnett demonstrates a desire for learning and leadership and a passion for providing direct supports for his peers by encouraging independence, leading activities, and being a role model.

Youth Leadership Award Honorable Mention Tyreek Garnett Picture

For additional information, please contact the Council at 573-751-2600 or by email at

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