Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Fwd: YOUTH POWER!'s AMPLIFY-NY 2018 Western Region Youth Leadership Forum and Foundations for Leadership!

Sophia Roberts
Self Advocacy Association of NYS
Supervising Coordinator
SANYS Management Team
Cell: (716) 560-9307

"We must rapidly begin the shift from a 'thing-oriented' society to a 'person-oriented' society." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Deadline to apply for this great leadership opportunity for youth ages 14 - 24 is March 11th.   

☺ Susan  

From: Azaria Wittekind []
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 10:59 AM
Subject: Fwd: YOUTH POWER!'s AMPLIFY-NY 2018 Western Region Youth Leadership Forum and Foundations for Leadership!


Opportunity for young people ages 14-24!!!


Please do not miss out on this amazing new opportunity for young leaders coming to the Western Region!!!


Please share with your contacts and young people interested in becoming advocates!



-Azaria Wittekind


Youth Peer Services Training and Credentialing Coordinator


320 North Goodman St. Rochester, NY 14607

Cell Phone:585-314-2452



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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Elijah Fagan-Solis <>
Date: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 5:29 PM
Subject: YOUTH POWER!'s AMPLIFY-NY 2018 Western Region Youth Leadership Forum and Foundations for Leadership!

Good Afternoon!  Please share the following announcement with appropriate with youth, parents, and caregivers.

YOUTH POWER! is excited to announce two great opportunities available for youth ages 14-24 and parent/caregivers in the Western Region!  We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Western Region Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) and accompanying Foundations for Leadership parent/caregiver workshop series!  Applications have been attached; read below for more information!   **Please note: it is not required that youth and their parent/caregivers both attend the YLF to participate in this opportunity!** 

2018 Western YLF: April 4-7, 2018 | Adam's Mark Hotel and Event Center | Buffalo, New York
YOUTH POWER!'s AMPLIFY-NY Initiative is hosting our 2018 Western Region Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for young people with disabilities to speak up, build skills, and prepare to take on leadership roles. This peer-run forum brings opportunities to YOUth and gives the next generation of leaders the tools and support they need for success. 


The YLF is a safe, youth-friendly environment with plenty of fun activities to complement the wealth of knowledge being learned!  This 4-day, 3-night forum is FREE to attend and includes panel presentations, hands-on activities to practice leadership skills, and supported leadership activities. Future leaders do not want to miss this opportunity to build leadership skills and become empowered with self-confidence and self-determination! 

·  It's a unique opportunity; have the chance to attend as one of 30 young people.

·  Be connected with an experienced advisor to complete a leadership project that interests you.

·  This event is FREE if accepted and includes your meals, housing, and transportation assistance.

·  In order to be selected you must:

o Have a developmental or other disability.

o Be in the age range of 14-24 (Youth under 18 must have guardian approval).

o Live in New York State.

o Show demonstrated leadership potential in your application.

o Complete the application and return it by March 11, 2018


Apply now online by clicking here or download the paper application attached to this email.

*Online applications require that you upload letter(s) of recommendation(s) and the Application Signature Page (attached) 


Foundations for Leadership: April 4 AND 7, 2018 | Adam's Mark Hotel and Event Center | Buffalo, New York

Connected to the YLF is Foundations for Leadership, a workshop series for parent/caregivers of youth with developmental and other disabilities to further develop their skills to support their youth developing into self-advocates and securing leadership roles.  Parents/caregivers attend training on the first and last days of the YLF, providing them the opportunity to support their youth attending a new event, and witnessing them graduating the forum with pride (if they are participating).  The parent/caregiver workshop series includes both individual sessions and joint sessions with youth participants. YOUTH POWER! has partnered with Families Together in New York State, Parent to Parent of New York State, and INCLUDEnyc to develop this opportunity.


Apply now by downloading the paper application attached to this email 





Elijah Fagan-Solis
Statewide Emerging Leadership Manager



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Susan O'Hearn
Self-Advocacy Association of NYS, Inc. (SANYS)
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