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. .


Strengthening Youth Involvement in Your CIL
December 6th, 2017 3:00-4:00pm EST (2:00pm CST, 1:00pm MST, 12:00pm PST)
Presenter: Grant Heffelfinger
$25 Per Site


Having trouble keeping youth involved in your CIL programming? Are you struggling to keep the youths’ attention? This session will equip you with strategies to hosting a youth-friendly environment/event at your CIL. Attendees will be able to develop the skills needed to naturally include youth with disabilities in programs, services, and issues that are important to the youth. There will be examples of events that have worked well that included youth with disabilities at other CILs. This webinar will help CIL staff get the youth passionate about the issues that affect them!

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Save the Date for the 2018 Schedule  2:00-3:30pm EST (1:00-2:30pm CST, 12:00-1:30pm MST, 11:00am-12:30pm PST)

  • February 7th, 2018- Sierra Royster and Paula McElwee -Youth Service Making Sense of the FAQ
  • April 4th, 2018- Dustin Gibson -The Impact of School Suspensions
  • June 6th, 2018– Zach Garafalo and Melissa Ann Santora Youth at the Table and Active SILC Members
  • August 1st, 2018- Charlie Walters-Balancing Systems Advocacy Efforts with Self-Advocacy Skill Development in K-12 Education
  • October 3rd, 2018- Susan Cervellera-Disability History
  • December 5th, 2018- Grant Heffelfinger-LGBTQ+ Community

Member Rates: Annual Rate (registering and paying for all 6 trainings in the series): $180
Per Training Rate: $35

Non-Member Rates: Annual Rate (registering and paying for all 6 trainings in the series): $250
Per Training Rate: $50