Group of people around a conference areaThe APRIL Youth Conference would not be possible without all the work of our dedicated volunteers. Thank you for your commitment to youth with disabilities and APRIL. If you see these young folks at our conference, congratulate them on all their hard work and accomplishments, and give them a huge IL Thank You for getting the next generation excited to LEAD ON.










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We hosted the first large-scale gathering of rural youth with disabilities and CILs at the 10th annual APRIL conference in Minneapolis. Establishing an ongoing Youth Steering Committee to make sure the youth conference is for youth and by youth.

The Youth Steering Committee is comprised of young volunteers and more who are passionate about youth involvement and engagement. We meet once a month to plan every youth detail of the annual APRIL Conference.  We plan details to the Youth Conference that is held the Friday before each conference.  We also plan the youth activities that take place throughout the rest of the weekend.  Our goal as a committee is to offer an opportunity to youth from across the country to come together to learn about issues in IL and how they can get involved when they return home. 

APRIL Youth Steering Executive Committee Bios

Desai Shikha, Chair

Pronouns: She/Her

 Shikha Desai

What makes you want to lead?

I want to lead because it gives me confidence.  I enjoy giving back to my community, and I enjoy planning conferences. 

Where are you from?

I was born in New Jersey, and I currently live in Lawrenceville Georgia which is 30 minutes outside of Atlanta. 

One statement that describes you.

I received my master’s in social work from Georgia State University, and I am a passionate social worker who enjoys helping all individuals to live an independent life.

Where do you work/volunteer?

Currently, I am working at disABILITY LINK as a Community Independent Living Specialist. 

What do you do at your job/volunteer/school site?

I have a case load where I help individuals to reach their goals, and I also do home visits. 

What does IL mean to you?

They have the confidence to live an independent life such as school, housing, and have a family. 

What would surprise people about you?

People would be surprise that I enjoy watching Marvel movies. 


Noah, Vice Chair

Pronouns: He/Him

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