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Upcoming Trainings


BUILD: Building Up Independent Living Directors

 (2nd series)

Deadline to Apply: August 23, 2023


The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) has been a leader in building up young people's skills, confidence and networks in our communities for over a decade and a half. We understand and build programming that values peer support and the magic that happens when we surround ourselves with peers that have similar goals. We are excited to say we have continued support from the FORD Foundation and Centene we are happy to continue to offer this opportunity to a new group of goal driven individuals. With the first series completed we are looking forward to the 2nd series under this program, Human Resources a Key to Managing and Leadership.

While operating our other peer support and training programs and conference, we have heard that staff at CILs would like to advance in their career within Independent Living (IL). However, the reality is that CILs tend to be stretched for time and staff power to mentor individuals with aspiration all on their own. We understand this firsthand as the training staff at APRIL who have worked at IL Centers ourselves. We are constantly seeking professional development opportunities and building our networks of others across the country that we can lean on as we expand our skill sets. New skills, confidence, and networks help to expand our impact in our centers and local communities. One area of skills sets that sets leaders up for success is gaining skills and knowledge around the area of Human Resources.  The in-person training will happen at the 2023 APRIL Conference in Anaheim, CA on October 12, 2023. We will have be lead by one of our own IL leaders, Tami Hoar.  This will be a time to be trained, facilitate solution focused thinking, and opportunities to put into action new skills with peer support. This is an opportunity for IL to really grow and develop future leaders with the skill sets that are imperative for success in leading and managing others.


BUILD 2nd Series

Human Resources a Key to Managing and Leadership

Apply now until August 23, 2023

Click here to Apply Now


Hyatt Regency, Orange County, CA



Thursday, October 12, 2023

Will be able to attend the conference as well

As well as virtual follow up sessions to apply learned skills and knowledge for 6 months.


Target population for this training includes: If you are someone that is from a CIL or a SILC that oversees, manages, and/or coordinates individuals you would be perfect for this opportunity and aspire to become upper management and a Director this is a training for you!  For example, Peer coordinators, Youth Coordinators, Employment staff Coordinators, Volunteer Managers, Assistant Directors, Director of Programs, I&R Coordinators, Team Leads, etc.

*Please note this opportunity is not for current Executive Directors, and if you are interested in gaining information in this area are encouraged to apply for Peer to Peer Mentoring’s. Peer to Peer Info (april-rural.org)


Training is Free

APRIL Conference Registration will be covered.

All travel costs will be applicants responsibility.



Tami Hoar

Tami Hoar will be leading the in-person training on October 12th, 2023. Through early volunteering, she discovered her love for helping people, which led her to a career in various roles advocating with and for people with disabilities.  With over two decades of experience in IL in Montana she has demonstrated high success in leading CIL teams, providing in-depth oversight, reporting, and monitoring of program operations and staff performance for 3 of the 4 CILS. Building strong morale, team communication, and conflict resolution are major strengths. She has also helped other CILs navigate through challenging times of transition and find solid financial footing and processes.

Eventually earning a Master’s in Human Resource Management, Tami gained extensive experience in applying human resource processes for a few years while working for the largest corporation in Montana.  While investigating over 350 grievances and harassment complaints and over 500 terminations, she also provided guidance on developing accommodations for employees with disabilities, coached managers regarding employee performance, writing job descriptions, administering FMLA, and assisted in writing policies and procedures.  She also developed and executed training to diverse groups.

Tami enjoys helping employees grow and develop with professionalism.   She is passionate about ensuring all individuals are given the tools and opportunities they need to be successful.

Currently as the ED of Summit ILC, she motivates employees to look future forward, to value the work of each other, and remind them that we are a community, we support each other and respect and honor each other’s journey. 


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Mary Willard

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  Rural Conversation Series

3rd Wednesday of the Month

10 AM PST, 11 AM MST, 1 PM EST


ILRU TTA Center/IL-NET and APRIL Present: Rural Conversation Series

The Rural Conversation Community series is provided by ILRU's IL-NET National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Independent Living and facilitated by APRIL, the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living. There are no presenters or designated speakers of these conversations, they are an informal time and space to gather with your peers and share about current events and ask your peers questions. Captioning and ASL provided. Bring your questions for your peers and updates on your CIL’s creative solutions and activities to share.

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcuc--vpzMvEtHDIowKsNIz0GOeeM70CE2d

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Please contact Mary Willard, Peer Mentor Coordinator, IL-NET National Training and Technical Assistance Center at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 406-544-1668 and Director of Training and Technical Assistance, APRIL.


Were you having audio issues or missed the last call?

You may request a copy of the last conversation’s recording or transcript by contacting Mary Willard, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 406.544.1668


The IL-NET is supported by grant numbers 90ILTA0001 and 90ISTA0001 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.


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