Youth Topical Calls

APRIL Youth Peer to Peer Mentoring

Topical Trainings

APRIL understands that across the country youth and young adults is the hot topic. Many Centers for Independent Living and Statewide Independent Living Councils are unsure how to get youth involved.  This year we have asked our youth expert mentors to present on topics that could assist your goals of starting a program or growing the existing youth involvement you may already have.

Every other month we will have one mentor present on a topic that is often discussed in our Youth Peer to Peer Mentoring for $25 per site per training.  The mentor will present for the first 30 minutes, and then the next 30 minutes will be an opportunity for an open discussion amongst all callers on that topic.  During that time, we can brainstorm, share experiences, and ask questions while we learn from each other with the guidance of our mentor. We understand that not everyone is at the point in their CIL or SILC to have a Youth Peer to Peer, but we want to support and assist the best way we can with these calls.

We hope that you will join us and if you would like more of an individual experience or training you can contact our Youth Programs Coordinator, Sierra Royster at 919-567-3602 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


 Rachel Kaplan                                                             Registration Now Open!! 

Join Rachel and Eddie as they discuss inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in your programs. Including focus on creating interactive and integrated activities:  This focus on cross-disability oriented activities will showcase the accommodations that can be made for all individuals, specifically focusing on the accommodations and goal attainment for people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Many times activities within the disability community are segregated by disability type; and that is not necessary to have a fun, educational, and quality activity.


Rachel is the Diabetes Prevention Coordinator for the Diabetes Advisory Council of South Carolina (DAC) and employed by Eat Smart, Move More SC. She is incredibly excited about this new opportunity and creating a strong and sustainable program across South Carolina for prevention and education on type II diabetes.

Prior to this position, Rachel was the Youth Transitions Coordinator at Able South Carolina where she oversaw and built statewide programming for young adults with disabilities. Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Elon University in North Carolina, and went on to earn her Master’s in Public Health and a Certificate in Drug and Addiction Studies at the University of South Carolina. Rachel  worked at Able South Carolina for the three and a half years  and has previous work experience with the young adult population and homeless population. Rachel is also very active with the North Carolina chapter of the American Diabetes Association and has held the position as Program Coordinator for a summer camp through this organization for the past seven years. This position incorporates a blend of program creation and management for third through fifth graders with type one diabetes, as well as supervising and mentoring eight young adult camp counselor staff members.

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Save the Dates:

April 5th, 2017 3:00pm-4:00pm EST All Brothers and Sisters-Inclusion of Youth with Intellectual Disabilities - Rachel Kaplan and Eddie Rea

June 7th, 2017 3:00pm-4:00pm EST Fee for Service and Youth Programs- Susan Cervellera