Youth Transition: The Growing Role of Centers for Independent Living

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Denver, CO
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About the Training

Youth transition is one of the new core services that centers for independent living are looking to identify new strategies and resources. This CIL-NET training is being offered to assist centers in expanding their existing services to include youth. Join us in Denver in April to learn from some of the most successful leaders of youth programs in the country. You will learn what the law says, what falls under the new core service, some steps for identifying your centers' strengths, resources, and services to expand youth engagement, and more. 


The registration for this two and half day training is $150.00. NCIL is facilitating registration for this on-location training and you can register online. For registration assistance, please contact NCIL at 202.207.0334 or toll free at 877.525.3400, or visit their website at The registration deadline is March 20, 2017.

Target Audience

Directors, Independent Living Specialists, and Youth Transition Coordinators at centers for independent living, as well as members of SILCs and centers who are interested in youth transition.

Learning Objectives

  • What the law and final regulations say.
  • What falls under the new core service and what does not.
  • Strategies for tracking this service for reporting purposes.
  • Steps for identifying a CIL's strengths, resources, and existing services that can be expanded to include youth.
  • Tools and strategies for implementation.
  • Potential new partners, service possibilities, and funding sources.
  • Using core services as springboard to expansion.
  • Strategies for working with VR, local agencies, schools, state agencies.
  • Key collaborations. How do you get to the right tables?
  • Youth are a target population, not a service.
  • What are the elements of a CIL culture that will attract and engage youth?
  • How to approach young adults? How to be an adult ally?
  • How to engage parents?
  • Issues of intersectionality.

Hotel Information

Westin Denver Downtown
1672 Lawrence Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
Front Desk: 303.572.9100
Westin Reservations: 888.627.8435

Group Rate: $188.00/night/single occupancy, plus applicable taxes

  • Additional $10.00/night for additional person, plus taxes
  • Rate includes breakfast at the Westin's Augusta Restaurant for each day of stay
  • Rate includes complimentary WIFI in guest room

Please mention 'IL-NET' Training when making your reservation to receive the group discounted rate. Reservation deadline is March 20, 2017.


April 18, 2017

8:30 a.m.             Registration Opens

9:00 a.m.             Welcome & Introductions

10:00 a.m.           Overview of the Training

10:15 a.m.           Break

10:30 a.m.           Youth Transition as a CIL Core Service – What’s Required?           

12:00 p.m.           Lunch with Presentation

1:30 p.m.             Examples of Effective Youth Transition at CILs

3:15 p.m.             Break

3:30 p.m.             Planning for Youth Work at Your CIL       

4:30 p.m.             Evening Recess          

April 19, 2017

9:00 a.m.             Review of Day One

9:15 a.m.             Incorporating Young People with Disabilities Into Your CIL

10:30 a.m.           Break

10:45 a.m.           Designing and Funding Effective Youth Programs

12:00 p.m.           Lunch with Presentation

1:30 p.m.             Partnerships and Collaborations to Support Youth Work

2:45 p.m.             Break

3:00 p.m.             How to Engage Parents

3:30 p.m.             Action Plan for Your CIL: Strategic Planning and First Steps

4:30 p.m.             Evening Recess               

April 20, 2017

9:00 a.m.             Review of Day Two

9:15 a.m.             Expanding Your Youth Work

10:30 a.m.           Break

10:45 a.m.           Centering Youth in Your Programs

12:00 p.m.           Training Ends

Meet the Presenters

Kings Floyd is the HSC Youth Transitions Fellow for the National Council on Independent Living. She has been working with youth with disabilities for the last five years, interning in the IL sector at Alpha One in Maine and at several summer programs for people with disabilities. Her passion includes focusing on access to higher education for people with disabilities and studying disability theory & history. She enjoys nothing more than a good story and a bowl of spaghetti, but long walks on the beach are not really her thing.

Seth Hoderewski is the Director of Transition Services at Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL) where he has worked for 8 years. He has worked in the social services field for over 20  years, with the last 8  directly in the field of transition. He has helped to shape the current multi-faceted youth transition services at LVCIL and oversees and works with the S2L group, the Real World Lehigh Valley summer program, Pre-Employment Transition Services, LIFE (school-based fee for service program),   the Transition Experience Program on Cedar Crest College campus, and numerous other related LVCIL projects and programs.

Joe Michener is the Director of Employment Services at LVCIL, where he manages the Career Path, VIP (Vocational Independence Program – WIOA), the Transition Experience Program on Cedar Crest College campus and LCCC SEED (support for college students) programs. Joe has worked in vocational services for more than a decade, and he has been involved in developing and managing successful grant and fee-for-service programs in partnership with the Department of Labor (including Vocational Rehabilitation) and the Department of Human Services.

Mary Olson has been the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for APRIL (Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living) for the past two years. Previously she worked at Summit Independent Living Center as the Peer Coordinator, where she co-taught a youth advocacy curriculum in the schools BALLS (Building Advocacy and Learning Leadership Skills), as well as co-facilitated a youth advocacy and social group YODA (Youth Opening Doors through Advocacy). She was an APRIL youth Peer Mentor for seven years, assisting several CILS across the country to start, trouble shoot, or grow their youth programs, as well as helping to plan and execute the APRIL youth conference as a volunteer. Mary has also volunteered with the Montana Youth Leadership Forum for the past eight years in many different roles. She received her Master’s in Social Work in 2014, during which time she also worked at the Rural Institute on Disability and Research as a Student Research Associate. She spent four years on the executive committee of the Montana SILC, two of which were spent as the chair. Her passion is youth and disability history and culture and ensuring the next generation has the tools and fire to empower themselves to make change to ensure that communities mean everyone.

Sierra Royster works at the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living as the Youth Programs Coordinator. She is able to work nationally to create bridges for gaps in the disability community and develop training tools and programs that will assist youth and young adults with disabilities to be included not only in their local community, but to the disability community at large. Sierra, with her experience as a person with a systemic disability and education in Recreational Therapy has worked with people of all ages and abilities. Previously to this position she worked in a Center for Independent Living facilitating school and community based programs to assist the transition process from youth to young adults. This included creating an interactive educational school program Teaming for Advocacy through Independent Living (TAIL), comprehensive, Healthy Advocacy Education Relationship Training (HEART), overseeing the local Youth Motivating Others through Voices of Experience (Youth MOVE), and the North Carolina Youth Leadership Forum (NCYLF). She has coordinated state and national level events and trainings for people with disabilities to continue to grow the next generation of Independent Living.

Kimberly Tissot is the Executive Director of Able SC where she guides the staff in applying the philosophy of Independent living to real situations. Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from Wheelock College in Boston, MA and a Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Kimberly has developed several innovative independent living programs to reach all populations as well as developed an international program to promote disability rights. In addition to Kimberly’s role at Able SC, she is appointed by the SC State Superintendent of Education to the SC Advisory Council on the Education of Students with Disabilities where she serves as Co-Chair. Kimberly believes in empowering youth with disabilities and giving them the skills that will equip them for independent lives. Able SC currently facilitates seven successful youth programs and have incorporated youth throughout the culture of the Center. Her special interests include: parenting with a disability, the Americans with Disabilities Act, youth leadership, and disability awareness.

Charlie Walters is the Director of Transition at Able SC. Charlie has a professional background that spans children's museum education, outdoor education, and inclusive postsecondary education. Charlie worked as the Employment Specialist for CarolinaLIFE, a two to four year college program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.