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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Fee for Service Presentation will discuss the new Pre-Ets (Pre Employment Transition Services) and how it is working currently in some areas.  Discussion will revolve around the importance of establishing and continuing a strong relationship between CILs, Vocational Rehabilitation and the school districts.  Without this collaboration, success with services, authorizations and funding becomes very difficult. Discussion will also revolve around the new (Michigan) state wide youth team that has been developed through conversation, need and the new Pre-Ets funding.   The team consists of most ILS’ who provides youth services at a CIL. This team has allowed staff members to share experiences, best practices, curriculums, activities, ways to get funding, ways to collaborate and ultimately a support system for each other.    


Meet your Mentor!

susan cervelleraMy name is Susan Cervellera, 2013 graduate of Wayne State University with a Master’s in Social Work. On October 1, 2013; my professional career at Blue Water Center for Independent Living began. Currently, I facilitate transitional education classes to high school students with disabilities. I have had a passion to help people on a larger scale since I was a small child. I tend to be outspoken, opinionated, outgoing, and spontaneous. People are my fuel and my reason for being.   I love to live in the moment, find positive energy, and open up a smile to enable possibilities. 

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