APRIL and IL-NET presents: 

Youth Coordinators Connect Call

Join us to begin building a community of peer support and sharing for Youth Program Coordinators. Come share your experiences, tips and tricks, and problem solve barriers to growing and implementing youth programs in your Center for Independent Living. Meet and learn from your colleagues throughout the country who are working towards the common goal of improving services for youth with disabilities.

Each month we will discuss a topic as it relates to youth programs and services.  These topics are decided on as a group.  We will also brainstorm solutions for barriers that may come up in your programs. 

        Every month on the First Tuesday

(2:00pm-3:00pm EST, 1:00pm-2:00pm CST, 12:00pm-1:00pm MST,

11:00am-12:00PM PST)

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Where are All the Youth Hiding?

  • Partnering with other organizations to collaborate
  • Marketing your programs
  • Understanding how important diversity is to the program

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Community or CIL Programs

  • Deciding where is the best place for youth programming
  • How to document youth programs outside of the CIL
  • How to ensure accessibility


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

April 7, 2020

We have changed the schedule for this call, due to the new isolation so many of us are living in.  We are all having to learn new technology and new methods to keep our work moving forward.  Let us learn and connect together. 

How do you Connect with Youth while COVID-19

  • How are you working remotely?
  • How to are you keeping in touch with youth?
  • What technology can we use during this time.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Curriculum and Material Sharing

*Please note this call will have separate log-in information, contact Sierra Royster for more information*

  • Best Free Curriculums
  • Which ones are worth the money?
  • Should you write your own?

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Youth Leadership Forums

  • What is the Program
  • How can you get involved?
  • How to connect with YLF Youth

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Money, Money, Money

  • Funding Youth withOUT VR
  • Fundraising for Unrestricted Funds
  • Obtaining and diversifying VR Funds
  • Chase youth not Money

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Where is IL needed in All Schools

  • Elementary, Middle Schools
  • IEP Advocacy

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

How to work with Students that are Written Off

  • Alternative Schools
  • Charter and Private Schools

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Motivating Factors for Youth

  • Motivation Starts with Inclusion
  • How to help youth care
  • Engaging the youth forced to be there


In-Person Meeting at the APRIL Conference, October-9-11, 2020

To get more information or how to connect further please contact the Youth Program Coordinator, Sierra Royster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919-567-3602.

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The IL-NET National Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Center for Independent Living is operated by ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization). The IL-NET T&TA Center provides training and technical assistance to centers for independent living and statewide independent living councils. ILRU arranges some training activities through the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), peer-to-peer mentoring and youth program support through the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), and online courses and document development through Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities.

The IL-NET is supported by grant numbers 90ILTA0001 and 90ISTA0001 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

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