Foundations for Leadership: A Parent/Caregiver Workshop Series

Young people with disabilities and their parents/caregivers can both greatly benefit from connecting with their peers and having opportunities to support their personal growth. Additionally, we often hear from young people that they want to be heard by their caregivers and have them involved as a support as they grow into young leaders and become more self-sufficient. Through this workshop series, we give caregivers the tools they need to support the young people in their care as a vital part of their transition team.

YP! is partnering with family representatives within Families Together in NYS, INCLUDEnyc, and the Parent Network of Western NY to offer a series of FREE workshops for parents and caregivers that bring together the family and youth perspectives.  Focusing on teaching, modeling, and support, these sessions take place alongside the YLFs and throughout the community.


Central: Sat. & Tues., May 18 & 21, 2019| Holiday Inn Liverpool  | Syracuse, NY |
Registration is now LIVE! The deadline to register is April 14th, 2019.

Western: Sat. & Tues., July 13 & 16, 2019| Holiday Inn Downtown | Rochester, NY | Stay Tuned for Registration

Long Island: Sat. & Tues., October 12 & 15, 2019| Hyatt Regency | Long Island, NY | Stay Tuned for Registration

Parents/caregivers attend these workshops on the first and last days of the Youth Leadership Forum, providing them the opportunity to support their youth attending a new event and witness them graduate the forum with pride (if they are participating).  The parent/caregiver workshop series includes both individual sessions and joint sessions with youth participants. Lunch will be provided.

Topics in these sessions include:

  • Setting & Sharing Expectations
  • Disability History, Etiquette, and Communication
  • Youth as Leaders
  • Overcoming Fears During the Transition to Adulthood
  • Resources to Reach Goals
  • Guest Self-Advocacy Youth Speaker
  • Creating a Personal Leadership Plan
  • Joint Leadership Activity with Youth Participants

2019 Central Region Foundations for Leadership: May 18 & 21 – Click here to register!

The deadline to register is May 14th, 2019.


or 518-432-0333 ext. 19.

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