Welcome to the 2023 APRIL CONFERENCE 


Location: Harbor Room

Breakfast provided at 8 AM

9:00-4:00 Agenda below

8:00 – 9:00 AM – Breakfast & Registration 

9:00 – 9:30 AM – Welcome and Introductions 

9:30 – 10:30 AM – Self-Advocacy:  

  • APRIL “Lead On” Collaborative mentors Erica Mones and Riley Hurt will present to “Lead On” cohort on self-advocacy skills and the importance of these skills when leading/facilitating a group in preparation for their group facilitation later in the day. 

10:30 – 11:00 AM – BREAK 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Practice Round Tables 

  • “Lead On” cohort members will work together under the guidance of their mentors to prepare and practice for the afternoon’s Youth Conference round table discussions. 

12:00 – 1:30 PM -- LUNCH 

1:30 – 3:00 PM – Round Table Facilitation 

  • The 2023 APRIL “Lead On” Collaborative cohort will lead Youth Conference attendees in round table discussions on topics chosen by the cohort. Topics include disability representation in the media, self-advocacy, systems advocacy, resource sharing and locating, and invisible disabilities. 

3:00 – 3:30 PM – Round Table Report Out 

  • Participants from both “Lead On” and the Youth Conference will report out on their round table discussions, including any action items they may want to take as a result of their discussion. 

3:30 – 4:00 PM – Reflection and Wrap-Up 

  • “Lead On” cohort members will regroup, discuss their experience during both the conference and the program as a whole, and reflect on how they have grown as leaders throughout the process. 



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