Investing in the Independent Living Movement Means Investing in Youth (1.5 Hrs)

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About the Training

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are required to support young people with disabilities as they transition to adulthood. This is a core service of CILs, but one that many CILs are still figuring out how to best provide. Before any services or support can be achieved, CILs must understand how to get youth with disabilities meaningfully engaged in their CIL and the Independent Living Movement. This work is not easy, but it can be done with the right staff, expectations, and understanding of the young people with disabilities in your community.

The presenters share concrete ways your CIL can reach young people, help them see the CIL as something they should be a part of, and get them involved for years to come. Investing in youth will improve your organization and ensure the future of the Independent Living Movement.

Target Audience

Executive Directors, program managers, staff, and any others interested in developing effective youth engagement in Centers for Independent Living.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, participants will have knowledge and resources that will enable them to:

  • Recognize the importance of working with youth in supporting a robust and self-sustaining culture in Centers for Independent Living (CILs).
  • Describe strategies to locate, recruit, and engage young people with disabilities to represent community, embrace the philosophy of independent living, and serve as partners and leaders in CIL program planning and implementation.
  • Identify tools and strategies for developing relationships with youth development and advocacy organizations that lead to long term collaborations.
  • Identify leadership qualities in youth with disabilities and facilitate their transition into leadership roles that support their goals. 

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