Two men one standing one setting in a wheelchairYouth Advocacy Committee


Join Us

We meet the 2nd Friday of the month from 4:00-5:00pm EST. To connect to those calls, contact Sierra Royster, Youth Programs Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 919-567-3602


Current Trainings

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - Youth Training
February 14 - May 9, 2018     4:00 - 5:00pm EST

The APRIL Youth Advocacy Committee is offering a free Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Advocacy Training open to anyone youth and young adults. We will be going through a training on the different Titles of the ADA. We will be going through how you can exercise advocacy in ensure equal access to your community! This will be led by Rene Cummins and Yolanda Vargas. We will have discussions and activities during this seven-week training. We look forward to having anyone and everyone join us.


Mission of the Committee

To create a space and place for youth to learn about systems and self-advocacy while being given the opportunity to exercise that skill in state and national settings with the support of the committee. We also want to support the offspring of local chapters of youth advocacy committees. 


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Goals Established by the Committee

To receive trainings on advocacy and how to speak up effectively when the need arises. 

To receive trainings on the disability laws that protect the community. 

To be able to effectively reference the laws to support our efforts making change. 

To provide trainings for parent groups, CILs, SILCs, and other non-profits that work with youth with disabilities on a varied of topics.

Past Trainings  

Self-Advocacy and Systems Advocacy Introduction Training

A training in partnership with University of Montana RTC: Rural Research & Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities. Learn more about self and systems advocacy, the disability right law and how they affect you, and how to speak up in your community to see change happen.  This was led by Mike Beers and the Summit Independent Living Center, BASE staff. Click the player to listen. 

June 14th, 2017 

June 28th, 2017 

July 12th, 2017

July 26th, 2017 



University of Montana RTC: Rural Research & Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities.

Using Improv to Teach Advocacy: RTC: Rural Advocacy Skill Building Toolkit   

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RTC:Rural is excited to release the Advocacy Skill Building Toolkit, a new set of resources for Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and others to facilitate workshops to develop the advocacy skills of emerging Independent Living leaders and youth with disabilities. The Toolkit is a collaboration between BASE, an affiliate of Summit Independent Living in Missoula, MT, the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), and RTC:Rural staff, and was developed in response to the needs and interests of CILs and other stakeholders.

This Training is a Partnership with University of Montana RTC: Rural Research & Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities. RTC: Rural research is supported by grant #90RT50250100 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research within the Administration for Community Living, Department of Health

Address Information:
11324 Arcade Drive, Suite 9
Little Rock, AR 72212

Phone Contact:
Phone: 501-753-3400
FAX: 501-753-3406