YOUTH POWER! Announces Two FREE Opportunities for Youth and Parent/Caregivers in Western NY in July!

YOUTH POWER! is excited to announce TWO FREE opportunities for youth 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

2018 Scholarships for Academic Excellence (SAE) – Updated Information

2018 Scholarships for Academic Excellence (SAE) – Updated Information The Scholarships for Academic Excellence affords financial support to top students graduating in June 2018 from New York State high schools. We anticipate having 2,000 scholarships available valued at $1,500 and 6,000 scholarships available valued at $500. The Scholarships for Academic Excellence information was forwarded to

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

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

NEW! Family & Caregiver Group Page

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Parent Network of WNY offers free family & caregiver groups that provide a welcoming environment for parents and other caregivers of young people with autism or developmental disabilities to meet, share experiences, ask questions, learn about available resources and receive support. We have a dedicated page to these groups that is updated regularly. Come check

Five Things Every Parent Should Know About the “Every Student Succeeds Act”

What is ESSA? The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a federal law that outlines how states can use federal money to support public schools. In September 2017, New York State submitted its plan for the approximately $1.6 billion New York receives annually under ESSA. Why does it matter? New York State is committed to

HOT TOPIC! Making Transitions Stick – Part 1

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Big changes, adventures and opportunities are ahead for your young adult with a disability! There will be change, new experiences, new challenges and most importantly new rewards!! Transitioning to adulthood for young adults with disabilities incorporates four areas of life… live, learn, work and play. School provided(s) foundational skills but we need to be prepared

YP! NY Institute for Self Advocacy

YOUTH POWER! is still accepting applications for the New York Institute for Self-Advocacy (NYISA). NYISA is YP!’s newest initiative; designed to train young adults (21+) with developmental/intellectual disabilities to advocate for themselves and their peers in community, systematic, and policy settings. Graduates from the institute will go on to become part of the Emerging Leaders

Job Opening: Family Support Services Intake and Eligibility Case Manager

The Intake and Eligibility Case Manager is responsible for establishing a professional and supportive relationship for parents who contact Parent Network seeking information and/or assistance on behalf of their child with a developmental disability to obtain OPWDD Eligibility. The Intake and Eligibility Case Manager will conduct an initial screening to determine parent/child needs and the