The Washington State Independent Living Council (WASILC) has opportunity to send Washington State youth to the upcoming 9th Annual National Youth Conference hosted by The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL). The conference is being held in Spokane, the weekend of October 20-23, 2017.
APRIL is a national grass roots, consumer controlled, non-profit membership organization consisting of Centers for Independent Living, their satellites and branch offices, Statewide Independent Living Councils, and other organizations and individuals concerned with the independent living issues of people with disabilities living in rural America. APRIL has and still leads an ambitious and beneficial collaboration with rural youth with disabilities, recognizing that the young people of our country are our true leaders.
The APRIL conference is held in different locations every year. This year they are in Spokane. The goal for this year’s conference is to help young people understand the voting process and how to advocate and be a voice in their local community. The overall experience that youth gain by attending the APRIL Youth Conference includes advocacy skills in housing, transportation, education, healthcare, and employment. They will learn about diversity and disability disclosure, all while expanding social skills and networks.
If you or someone you know is interested in applying for a scholarship to attend the Annual APRIL Youth Conference in October 2017, please fill out the information attached with this letter and return it to WASILC via email or postal mail (information listed on application). The application must be received no later than August 4, 2017 at 5 pm (PST).
Preference will be given to those who complete the entirety of the application and return it by August 4, 2017. The criteria to be used in selecting recipients will be based on a complete application, presence of a disability, and content of the responses. Priority will be given to new attendees.
If you have any questions, please contact the WASILC staff at 360-725-3693 or 800-624-4105.
Please note that WASILC is not responsible for attendees under the age of 18.