Empowering Voices: Introducing the Engaging Families & Young Adults Program

In a world where inclusivity and diversity take center stage, initiatives that amplify the voices of underrepresented communities are crucial. The Engaging Families and Young Adults Program, a groundbreaking venture managed by Diverse Ability Incorporated and Raising Special Kids, stands as a testament to the power of involving those directly affected in shaping the solutions that impact their lives.

The program, launched to provide meaningful opportunities for young adults and family members from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, focuses on fostering their engagement in organizations and systems that influence them. At its core, the program recognizes the invaluable perspective that individuals with firsthand experience bring to the table.

Advisor positions are open to family members and young adults aged 18-26, including those who have disabilities or ongoing healthcare considerations. These individuals apply to become advisors in the program, signaling their commitment to representing the communities they identify with.

Once selected, advisors undergo comprehensive initial training provided by the Engaging Families and Young Adults Program. This training not only equips them with the necessary skills but also sets the stage for ongoing support tailored to the challenges they may encounter. This commitment to continuous support underscores the program’s dedication to the personal and professional growth of its advisors.

The program then strategically matches advisors with Placement Agencies, creating a relationship where both parties benefit. The level of engagement depends on the Placement Agency’s requests. There may be flexibility and an allowance for adjustments over time, as needed.

What sets this program apart is its emphasis on compensation for the advisors. Recognizing the value of their time and expertise, Placement Agencies enter into agreements with the Engaging Families and Young Adults Program to design a framework for compensation. This not only serves as a tangible acknowledgment of the advisors’ contributions but also fosters sustainability in their engagement.

By actively involving individuals, including those who have disabilities and ongoing healthcare considerations in the design and implementation of initiatives meant to benefit them, the program opens the door to significant and lasting impact. It transforms the narrative from mere inclusion to active participation, giving these individuals a platform to influence change.

In conclusion, the Engaging Families and Young Adults Program stands as a beacon of empowerment, ushering in a new era where those directly affected become architects of their own solutions. As the program continues to grow and evolve, it serves as an inspiring model for future initiatives seeking to create positive and lasting change through genuine collaboration and representation.

This Program is administered by Diverse Ability Incorporated, in partnership with Raising Special Kids. Funding for this program was provided by the ADHS/Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health through the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant.

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