APRIL Youth Map FinalYouth Peer to Peer

Overview and Application

How to Apply:

In order to receive a Youth Peer to Peer for your CIL, SILC, or YLF you can complete the application and submit it to Sierra Royster, Youth Programs Coordinator.

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Overview of Mentoring

Cost:  If chosen for a mentoring, provided through ILRU and the IL-Net the entire $2500+ fee of the Peer Mentor expenses including travel are covered for 3 mentoring’s a year; or vice versa- the mentee (your) travel expenses to the mentor's site would be covered.

What is included?

What to Expect

  • A Peer Mentor, chosen by you because of skills and/or experiences similar to your requests, will make a two-day, on-site visit to your CIL to work with you, staff and/or board or council and then follow up through teleconferencing, email, or video chat for at least 1 year while you work through your goals set with the mentor.
    Peer Mentees would gain free access to the Youth Talk call series for the 1 year following the mentoring.
    Project Background
  • The idea of the Youth Peer-to-Peer project was first developed by the attendees of the 2009 APRIL Youth Pre-Conference in Puerto Rico and in 2010, the youth provided their first Youth Peer Mentoring to one CIL in Indiana. The Youth-Peer-to-Peer project is similar to APRIL’s CIL-to-CIL and SILC-to-SILC mentoring projects, except it was developed and ran by youth rather than Executive Directors. Also, youth from around the country collected resources they and others had been using in their programs. These materials and new ideas that come from you all as you receive mentoring’s or as you want to contribute can be used in future mentoring sessions with Centers who want to develop or modify their own youth programs.


Sponsors and Acknowledgements

We are grateful to our sponsors. We believe this project helps facilitate the growth and improvement of youth transition and related services at CILs, and empowers rural youth with disabilities to get more involved with APRIL and lead the Independent Living Movement in the future.

This project was developed by a group of dedicated APRIL youth members. Below are the individuals who were responsible for the beginnings of the Youth Peer-to-Peer Project, and their organizations:

  • Mike Beers – Summit Independent Living Center
  • Chiaki Gonda – formerly employed at, Research and Training Center on Independent Living
  • Carrie Greenwood – Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy
  • Alex Jackson – formerly employed at, Disability Resource Center
  • Mary Olson – formerly employed at, Summit Independent Living Center
  • Sierra Royster – formerly employed at, Alliance of Disability Advocates
  • and Kathy Hatch, former Training and Assistance Director at APRIL

This project is sponsor by:

  • Independent Living and Research Utilization (ILRU)

Start up funders included:

  • Research and Training Center on Independent Living at the University of Kansas
  • Easter Seals ProjectACTION
  • Association of the Program for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)




PRESENTED BY THE IL-NET: This project 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.

The IL-NET is a national training and technical assistance project for centers for independent living and statewide independent living councils. The IL-NET is operated by Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), and Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities. 

Address Information:
11324 Arcade Drive, Suite 9
Little Rock, AR 72212

Phone Contact:
Phone: 501-753-3400
FAX: 501-753-3406