School2Life Academy Applications Open

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 3:09pm

4/13/17 Update - Memphis will no longer be hosting a Youth Academy in 2017 due to lack of applicants. TARP's Academy is still on!

In 2016, the Council launched a new partnership with TN's Centers for Independent Living (CILs) on a multi-year initiative to provide training to transition-aged youth across the state. The goal is to support youth exiting high school on planning a positive trajectory towards post-secondary training, education, employment and living more independently.

Youth Leadership Academy: School 2Life - Memphis & Paris

The first two sites selected for this initiative are the Memphis and Paris CILs.

Memphis:

June 6-9 - The Memphis Center for Independent Living and the Council will be co-facilitating a School2Life Youth Leadership Academy for Memphis-area high school students with disabilities. The program is free, and runs from 9 am till 4 pm, Tuesday through Friday, 6/6/17 - 6/9/17.

Applications are due by March 1. ​Apply on the MCIL website.

Questions? Contact Tim Wheat, Memphis Center for Independent Living Program Director, at 901-726-6404 or Tim@mcil.org.

Paris:

June 13-15 - The TARP Center for Independent Living and the Council will be co-facilitating a School2Life Youth Leadership Academy for Paris-area high school students with disabilities.  The program is free, and runs from 9 am till 4 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, 6/13/17 - 6/15/17. 

Applications are due by March 1. ​Download the application here.  See a letter to parents about the Academy.

Questions? Contact Dora Warman, TARP Program Director, at 731-644-0026 or doraw@tarp1.org.

What topics do these Youth Academies cover?

  • The History of the Self-Advocacy and Independent Living Movements
  • The Importance of Speaking up for Yourself
  • State and Community Resources
  • Developing Independent Living Skills
  • Developing a One-Page Plan/Profiles
  • Putting Technology to Work for You
  • Communicating with Legislators / Telling Your Story

The Council is excited to partner with these Centers for Independent Living to develop the next generation of disability advocates!