YOUTH POWER! is excited to announce two great opportunities available for youth ages 14-24 and parent/caregivers in the Western Region!
We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Western Region Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) and accompanying Foundations for Leadership parent/caregiver workshop series! Applications have been attached; read below for more information!
: April 4-7, 2018 | Adam's Mark Hotel and Event Center | Buffalo, New York
YOUTH POWER!'s AMPLIFY-NY Initiative is hosting our 2018 Western Region Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for young people with disabilities to speak up, build skills, and prepare to take on leadership roles. This peer-run forum brings opportunities to YOUth and gives the next generation of leaders the tools and support they need for success.
The YLF is a safe, youth-friendly environment with plenty of fun activities to complement the wealth of knowledge being learned! This 4-day, 3-night forum is FREE to attend and includes panel presentations, hands-on activities to practice leadership skills, and supported leadership activities. Future leaders do not want to miss this opportunity to build leadership skills and become empowered with self-confidence and self-determination!
- It's a unique opportunity; have the chance to attend as one of 30 young people.
- Be connected with an experienced advisor to complete a leadership project that interests you.
- This event is FREE if accepted and includes your meals, housing, and transportation assistance.
- In order to be selected you must:
- Have a developmental or other disability.
- Be in the age range of 14-24 (Youth under 18 must have guardian approval).
- Live in New York State.
- Show demonstrated leadership potential in your application.
- Complete the application and return it by March 11, 2018
Apply now online by visiting www.YOUTHPOWERNY.org/AMPLIFYNY
*Online applications require that you upload letter(s) of recommendation(s) and the
Application Signature Page (attached)
**Please note: it is not required that your parent/caregiver attend Foundations for Leadership in order to participate in this opportunity**
Foundations for Leadership:
April 4 AND 7, 2018 | Adam's Mark Hotel and Event Center | Buffalo, New York
Connected to the YLF is Foundations for Leadership, a workshop series for parent/caregivers of youth with developmental and other disabilities to further develop their skills to support their youth develop into self-advocates and secure leadership roles. Parents/caregivers attend training on the first and last days of the YLF, providing them the opportunity to support their youth attending a new event, and witnessing them graduating the forum with pride (if they are participating). YOUTH POWER! has partnered with Families Together in New York State, Parent to Parent of New York State, and INCLUDEnyc to develop this opportunity.
**Please note: it is not required that your youth attend the YLF to participate in this opportunity!**
Download the parent/caregiver application here.
Questions? Contact AMPLIFYNY@YOUTHPOWERNY.org or 518-432-0333 ext. 19