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The Youth Leadership Program has expanded!

By Alie Kriofske Mainella, Youth Leadership Program Manager
 
As the Youth Leadership Specialist at IndependenceFirst for the past (almost) 10 years, it has long been my dream to grow the program.
 
Today, I’m thrilled to tell you that grow, we have!
 
We are now a Youth Leadership Program consisting of three individuals...[read more]

| Wednesday, 1/28/2015 - 2:00 PM | 0 comments

Housing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. imperiled

By Brian Peters, Housing Policy Advocate
 
Although I knew that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for civil rights, and that the Fair Housing Act was quickly passed shortly after his death, I did not realize how much Dr. King fought discriminatory housing policies. It was...[read more]

| Wednesday, 1/21/2015 - 1:55 PM | 0 comments

The lady doth protest

By Alie Kriofske Mainella, Youth Leadership Program Manager
 
When you work with teenagers, as I do, you tend to come up against a lot of resistance. Sometimes the young people I’m starting a class with are resistant to filling out paperwork; sometimes they’re even resistant to being in the class at all. But who can blame them, really?
 
After...[read more]

| Wednesday, 1/14/2015 - 12:48 PM | 0 comments

Working with our neighbors

By Kristin Stern, Employment Consultant
 
We know that in our personal lives great neighbors build healthy communities. This also holds true for our work lives. Many IndependenceFirst staff members have visited Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore on our lunch breaks or after work to check out the fabulous deals. The ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store that...[read more]

| Friday, 1/9/2015 - 2:33 PM | 0 comments

Exciting changes for Independent Living Centers nationwide

By Deb Langham, Vice President of Independent Living
 
On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), formerly known as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), into law. This is thrilling legislation for those of us who have been involved in the Independent Living (IL) movement since the age of the dinosaurs. For those of you new to...[read more]

| Friday, 12/26/2014 - 1:20 PM | 0 comments
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