Mary Olson

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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. 

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Phone: 406-243-5817
1624 S. 14th Street W.
Missoula, MT 59801

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