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Specialized programs for young adults

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AG Bell offers many opportunities for middle school to graduate students to connect with their peers, learn about themselves, and develop leadership skills in fun and interactive ways.

Opportunities For Teens

Join us for a life-changing leadership experience

LOFT is a four-day, sleep-away experience where high school students strengthen skills in leadership, teamwork, group dynamics, public speaking, and self-advocacy. LOFT launched in 1996, and alumni have said it is empowering, life-changing, and most of all, fun!!

“LOFT was the most empowering program I’ve ever been a part of”

Students with hearing loss need each other!

Learning Experience & Adventure Program

“It was so amazing to finally have an opportunity to meet kids who are deaf that use hearing technology like me”

Join us for adventure, friendship & fun!

LEAP is a FREE program where middle school students share stories and connect with peers who are deaf or hard of hearing—virtually!  Each session is one to two days, and full of fun activities led by adults who are also deaf.  

“It was so amazing to finally have an opportunity to meet kids who are deaf that use hearing technology like me”

AG Bell’s College Handbook

College is a place to discover new passions, meet new friends, and find yourself along the way. Are you looking forward to it but also feel a little nervous? You are not alone! Check out our handbook filled with advice from deaf and hard of hearing college grads, and quick tips to help you prepare & make the most of your experience.

Young Leaders Board

Designed for young adults aged 18-40, we empower deaf or hard of hearing individuals to enhance AG Bell’s visibility, engage in global causes, lead in their communities, and expand their professional and social networks.

Young Leader's Board

Join our Zoom hangouts

Zoom Hangouts aims to bolster a community of young adults who are deaf or hard of hearing and use listening and spoken language by providing networking opportunity through storytelling, advocating for self and others, learning new skills and discovering new cultures.

Internship Opportunities

Undergraduates, graduate students and recent college grads seeking hands-on work experience can apply for an internship at AG Bell’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Interns will contribute to our work as an international non-profit, and learn about marketing, communications, development, nonprofit management, philanthropy, goal-setting, public speaking and more! The internship application is posted in February and offers are extended in April each year.

AG Bell membership for families is always free!

Family membership benefits:

  • Financial Support

    Scholarships for technology, therapy, and education

  • Professional Guidance

    Speak to a parent who's been there or search for a certified therapist.

  • State Chapters

    Connect with and get support from local families like yours!

  • Resource Library

    Get answers with access to our information library

  • Volta Voices

    A bilingual magazine with in-depth stories about growing up with hearing loss

  • Loft & Leap

    Access to unique leadership & educational programs for teens

Seeking an AG Bell professional membership?

Get listed on our searchable professional directory, find educational and research resources, scholarships and mentorship.

Professional Membership Has Its Benefits

Join today to connect with fellow members, exchange insights, get listed in our global directory, and celebrate the journey of listening & spoken language.

Professional benefits include:

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

    Earn CEUs through the AG Bell Academy, at our yearly Symposium, or through events held throughout the year for members

  • $100 off Exam Fees

    Take your Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®) certification exam for less!

  • Event Discounts

    Discounted registration to AG Bell’s symposium and other events, plus special discounts on travel, restaurants, retail shops and more

  • LSL Professional Directory

    Get listed and found by families that need your services and students that want your mentorship

  • LSL Leading Edge

    An exclusive e-newsletter for AG Bell professional members packed with the latest news and developments in hearing health and the listening & spoken language field

  • Volta Voices 

    AG Bell’s award-winning, quarterly digital magazine in English and Spanish

  • Access to AG Bell’s Network

    Connect with 40+ state chapters located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico

  • Professional Opportunities

    Get involved in AG Bell through committees, task forces, councils and other venues for members to interact and contribute meaningfully

  • The Volta Review 

    Stay current with the latest research through our peer-reviewed, online professional research journal

Seeking membership as a friend or family member?

Membership is always free for family & friends of people who are deaf or hard of hearing and helps connect individuals to our professional community!