Youth Peer to Peer Mentoring, Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)

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Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)

About the Topical Training

The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) understands that across the country the hot topic is youth and young adults. APRIL understands that many Centers for Independent Living and Statewide Independent Living Councils are unsure how to get youth involved.  This year they have asked their youth expert mentors to present on topics that could assist your center's goals of starting a program or growing the existing youth involvement your center may already have.  Every other month they will have one mentor present on a topic that is often discussed in the Youth Peer to Peer Mentoring for a nominal fee of $25.  APRIL will have thirty minute mentor presentations on a single topic.  Then the final thirty minutes will be open discussion with participants on that topic.  During that time, you will be able to  brainstorm, share experiences, and ask questions while you learn from each other with the guidance of a mentor. APRIL understands that not everyone is at the point in their CIL or SILC to have peer mentoring, but they want to support and assist the best way they can with these calls.

Please join APRIL and if you would like more of an individual experience or training you can contact Sierra Royster, Youth Programs Coordinator at 919.567.3602 or email her @

Training Dates

March 1st, 2017 3:00pm-4:0pm EST Intersectionality and Youth

April 5th, 2017 3:00pm-4:00pm EST All Brothers and Sisters-True Cross Disability Work

June 7th, 2017 3:00pm-4:00pm EST Fee for Service and Youth Programs

March 1st, 2017 3:00-4:00pm EST

Intersectionality and Youth

Description: This training will explore the practice of intersectionality, a term introduced by Kimberlee Crenshaw. It will examine the relationship between identity and systems of oppression. The framework can be used to provide a holistic approach to multiply-marginalized disabled individuals. Inclusive youth programming can be developed and administered by practicing intersectionality.


Dustin Gibson is a community builder that centers his identity as a Black man with bipolar disorder in his work. During his time as Director of Independent Living Services at Three Rivers Center for Independent Living in Pittsburgh, he developed programming that gave platform to the visceral experiences of PWD and created technology access curriculum. As director, he expanded youth transitioning services to include districts that historically lacked support. Through the Rural Institute of Montana and Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living, he serves as an adviser to the Healthy Community Living Skills project. Currently, he is the Diversity Chair for the National Council on Independent Living. Dustin serves in many different capacities with several grassroots organizations to affect change. He has coordinated efforts to eliminate police brutality and murder. He also creates spaces to mend relationships between law enforcement an marginalized communities and administers youth groups focused on formulating policy to increase accountability. Among other social issues, Dustin has co-developed and led voter education workshops and anti-racist groups. As a high school cross-country and basketball coach, he incorporates social awareness into his philosophy.