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. .

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Sex Is an IL Skill- 

Alie Kriofske Mainella, sexuality and healthy relationship educator for young people with disabilities for more than ten years, will talk about incorporating sexual health into IL programs. She will talk about why its important and give tips for bringing this information to your center. 

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Alie Kriofske Mainella has been working with children and youth with disabilities for the past eighteen years. She formally served as the the Youth Leadership Specialist at IndependenceFirst, Metro-Milwaukee Wisconsin’s Center for Independent Living (CIL) for twelve years.  She taught children and youth ages five to twenty five independent living skills and disability awareness, but specializes in the topics of bodies, healthy relationships, boundaries and sexuality.  She co-created a curriculum at Independence First called Safe Relationships Safe Places, which she has taught to more than 600 students.  Alie teaches accessible, comprehensive sexuality education to youth and adults with a wide variety of disabilities.  She also speaks to parents of kids with disabilities on how to talk to their children about their bodies and sexuality. 

Alie has presented on Sexuality and Disability at the International Conference on Disability and Diversity in the United Kingdom, at the National Council of Independent Living and at the Association of Rural Programs of Independent Living National Conferences.  She has a Master’s Degree in Public Service/Health Care Administration and is currently working towards her certification in the Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.

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Save the Dates:

  • August 2nd, 2017 3:00 pm-4:00 PM EST Sexuality and Youth- Alie Kriofske Mainella


  • October 4th-Creating Curriculums Mike Beers


  • December 6th- Strengthening Youth Involvement in Your CIL-Grant Heffelfinger