YOUTH POWER! of Families Together (NYS) are still accepting applications for the 2018 Western Region Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) and accompanying Foundations For Leadership parent/caregiver workshop series.  Please note that it is not required that youth and their parent/caregivers both attend the YLF to participate in this opportunity.

Apply online or download the paper application below.

FOR YOUTH: 2018 Western YLF: Saturday, July 21-24, 2018 | Adam’s Mark Hotel and Event Center | Buffalo, New York
YOUTH POWER!’s AMPLIFY-NY Initiative will host the 2018 Western Region Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for young people with disabilities to speak up, build skills, and prepare to take on leadership roles. This peer-run forum brings opportunities to Youth and gives the next generation of leaders the tools and support they need for success. The YLF is a safe, youth-friendly environment with plenty of fun activities to complement the wealth of knowledge being learned!  This 4-day, 3-night forum is FREE to attend and includes panel presentations, hands-on activities to practice leadership skills, and supported leadership activities. Future leaders do not want to miss this opportunity to build leadership skills and become empowered with self-confidence and self-determination!

  • It’s a unique opportunity; have the chance to attend as one of 30 young people.
  • Be connected with an experienced advisor to complete a leadership project that interests you.
  • This event is FREE if accepted and includes your meals, housing, and transportation assistance.
  • In order to be selected you must:

o    Have a developmental or other disability.

o    Be in the age range of 14-24 (Youth under 18 must have guardian approval).

o    Live in New York State.

o    Show demonstrated leadership potential in your application (*now easier to apply!*).

o    Complete the application and return it by June 17, 2018

For Parents/ Caregivers: Foundations for Leadership: Saturday, July 21 AND Tuesday, July 24, 2018  Adam’s Mark Hotel and Event Center | Buffalo, New York

Young people with disabilities and their parents/ caregivers can greatly benefit from connecting with their peers in order to support their personal growth. Additionally, young people want to be heard by their caregivers and receive that support as they grow into young leaders and become more self-sufficient.  Through this FREE workshop series that brings together both the family and youth perspective, we give caregivers the tools they need to support the young people in their care as a vital part of their transition team through teaching, modeling, and support.  Lunch will be provided on both days.

Parents/ caregivers attend the workshop on the first and last days of the Youth Leadership Forum, providing them the opportunity to support their youth attending a new event and witness them graduate the forum with pride (if they are participating).  The parent/ caregiver workshop series includes both individual sessions and joint sessions with youth participants.  YOUTH POWER! has partnered with Families Together in New York State, Parent to Parent of New York State, and INCLUDEnyc to develop this opportunity.

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