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Get Involved – Statewide Opportunities
for Youth with Disabilities

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This page provides information on all the statewide programs WI has to offer youth with disabilities in one convenient place.

If you want to work on your leadership skills, plan for the future or learn to speak up for yourself, this is the place for you. The most important step to being a leader is getting involved!


Statewide Opportunities

WI Youth First

A group of youth and adults who work on transition issues around employment. We’re always looking for new ideas and new members! How can you participate? Attend a meeting. The group meets monthly by phone. Meeting times are based on what works for the members.

For more info on WI Youth First, contact Matthew Zellmer at mzellmer@wifacets.org.

Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)

The YLF is a week long leadership training program for high school students with disabilities who are motivated and active in their schools and communities. Sharpen your leadership skills and become a recognized leader in our state.

How can you participate? Apply! Applications are available at this website or at your school in the fall.

For more information, contact Cassie Lokker at wisconsinylf@gmail.com or at (715) 307-2185.

Statewide Youth Speakers Bureau

This is a list of youth from all over Wisconsin who are interested in speaking at a variety of events like conferences, meetings, and college classes about your experiences as a youth or young adult with a disability.

How can you participate? Sign up and tell your story!

For more information, contact the WI Youth First group atwiyouthfirst@gmail.com or apply online!

A Gathering of Youth Conference

A conference just for you! A Gathering of Youth runs alongside the Circles of Life main conference with one major difference - only youth are allowed to attend these sessions. The conference is planned by youth, for youth.

How can you participate? Attend the conference or join the planning committee. All planning is done over the phone so youth from anywhere in the state can participate.

For more info, contact Gail Kolvenbach at mom4kids@wi.rr.com.

YiPPE! Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment

An opportunity for youth, ages 15 to 20, and their parents to talk about and plan for what comes after high school over 5 weekends. You’ll do hands on, fun activities to help you prepare for life after high school while your parents hear from speakers from all over the state. You’ll also get to do fun stuff like go to a water park, and make cool friends. New sessions start in the fall of each year.

How can you participate? Ask for more information, tell your parents and sign up! Brochures are available at: http://sped.dpi.wi.gov/sped_parent.

For more information, contact Jenny Neugart at (608) 261-7528 or jennifer.neugart@wisconsin.gov.

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