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 topic.  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. . 

Save the Dates:

March 1st, 2017 3:00pm-4:0pm Est Intersectionality and Youth

April 5th, 2017 3:00pm-4:00pm EST All Brothers and Sisters-True Cross Disability Work

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


Intersectionality and Youth

March 1, 3:00-4:00 Eastern time

Description: This training will explore the practice of intersectionality, a term introduced by Kimberlee Crenshaw. It will examine the relationship between identity and systems of oppression. The framework can be used to provide a holistic approach to multiply-marginalized disabled individuals. Inclusive youth programming can be developed and administered by practicing intersectionality. 


Dustin Gibson speaking into a microphone

Dustin Gibson is a community builder that centers his identity as a Black man with bipolar disorder in his work. During his time as Director of Independent Living Services at Three Rivers Center for Independent Living in Pittsburgh, he developed programming that gave platform to the visceral experiences of PWD and created technology access curriculum. As director, he expanded youth transitioning services to include districts that historically lacked support. Through the Rural Institute of Montana and Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living, he serves as an adviser to the Healthy Community Living Skills project. Currently, he is the Diversity Chair for the National Council on Independent Living. Dustin serves in many different capacities with several grassroots organizations to affect change. He has coordinated efforts to eliminate police brutality and murder. He also creates spaces to mend relationships between law enforcement an marginalized communities and administers youth groups focused on formulating policy to increase accountability. Among other social issues, Dustin has co-developed and led voter education workshops and anti-racist groups. As a high school cross-country and basketball coach, he incorporates social awareness into his philosophy

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