BCIL Youth Services aim to empower youth to become self-advocates as well as active members of their community. Through a partnership with Easter Seals, BCIL staff are active participants in the Youth Leadership Network and the Youth Leadership Forum.
Youth Leadership Network: A monthly group for youth with disabilities ages 14-26 that focuses on learning decision making and advocacy skills. Our Youth Transition Advocate regularly assists with facilitating these group sessions.
Youth Leadership Forum: A three-day overnight annual conference for youth with disabilities ages 16-26 that offers workshops, speakers, and activities that aim to empower youth with information about their rights and options for life as an adult.
BCIL’s Advocacy: BCIL’s Community Organizers are regularly meeting with members and consumers to educate them about our advocacy initiatives as well as facilitate meetings with legislators. For youth who are interested in becoming involved in systemic change, becoming a BCIL member is a great way to start!
ADAPT: ADAPT is a national grassroots disability rights group whose members have been engaging in direct action advocacy for thirty years. BCIL hosts regular meeting of the MassADAPT chapter, which is another way for people with disabilities to get involved in local, state, and federal advocacy initiatives.