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Youth Leadership

Young people with disabilities develop the skills they need to live independently, set their goals, and take steps to reach them in our programs. 

The Youth Leadership program strives to empower young persons with disabilities to reach their goals and live independently through the promotion of youth leadership and self-advocacy. The program provides a variety of workshops, classes and support groups to allow youth with disabilities to learn independent living skills, and connect with the community and other youth with disabilities in meaningful ways.  The youth leadership program offers programming in our four-county service area, in the community, and at our branch offices and in schools. 


Youth Leadership Summit is a week-long summer gathering of Milwaukee and surrounding area high school students with disabilities. 
  • Participants learn independent living topics such as conflict resolution, college and employment issues, money management, disability rights, healthy & safe relationships and more.
  • Participants meet, socialize, brainstorm, and participate in activities with other area high school students with disabilities, hear from college providers, employment agencies and other successful community young people.
  • Includes breakfast and lunch each day, travel reimbursement options and a $100 stipend for participating in the entire program. 
  • A great way to meet others, learn about independent living and talk about issues affecting young persons with disabilities who are making the transition from high school to “the real world”.

 

Classes
 

Boundaries & Relationship Safety discusses boundaries and relationships.

“Go Ahead, Make My Day” quickly covers setting boundaries, healthy relationships and community safety. 


Youth Leadership Summit: a week-long summer program for high school students and recent graduates with disabilities.   Learn what to expect in the real world, hear about employment, college and more. Meet youth from all around the city. Earn a stipend!
Participants must apply and be selected to participate.

Peer Support

GirlsFirst is a peer support group for girls with disabilities ages 8-21. These groups can be held in schools on request and there is a GirlsFirst group that runs in the summer at IndependenceFirst. Girls talk about such topics as self-esteem, personal interests, friendships and family while in an environment that fosters trust and peer relationship building.

My Brother’s Keeper is a peer support group for boys with disabilities ages 8-21. These groups can be held in schools on request and there is a My Brother’s Keeper group that runs in the summer at IndependenceFirst . Boys talk about such things as what it means to be a man, relationships with others and how to deal with conflict.  

Disability Mentoring Day 

This is a one-day event for young job seekers with disabilities to job shadow someone working in the career of their choice for all  or part of a workday. This event happens in October and serves a two-fold purpose: It helps youth with disabilities get some experience in the world of work and it gives employers the understanding of how great it can be to employ a person with a disability.  

Contact: Youth Leadership Coordinators Grant Heffelfinger, 414-226-8367, V/Relay, or Kristin Stern, 414-226-8332 V/Relay. 

Youth With Disabilities

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Groups

GirlsFirst is a peer support group for girls with disabilities of any kind ranging from 8 – 21yrs. 

My Brother's Keeper is a peer support group for boys with disabilities of any kind ranging from 8 – 21yrs. 

 

 

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