Professional Development

Student Emerging Leadership Program (SELP)

Student Emerging Leaders Program (SELP) is the Mailman Center’s newest program in our pipeline for leadership development. Its mission is to sustain an inclusive experiential program for high school students (some with disabilities, some who are siblings of children or adolescents with disabilities) on leadership, inclusion/awareness and exposure to health care professions related to ID/DD populations. Participants learn strategies to create systems change and through this experience, become future leaders and champions advocating for a more inclusive society.

SELP is a 3-month after-school program where the students learn about leadership, advocacy and work-force development. They also complete a community action project. SELP occurs twice a year. SELP is coordinated by Shelly Baer and Jairo Arana

SELP graduates shared this quote at their closing graduation dinner: “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” -Jack Welch