Youth Leadership Academy: School to Life (S2L)

Partnership with TN's Centers for Independent Living

Paris  Center for Independent Living Selected for Summer 2017 "School 2 Life" Youth Leadership Academy

In 2016, the Council launched a new partnership with TN's Centers for Independent Living (CILs) on a multi-year initiative to provide training to transition-aged youth across the state, beginning Summer 2017.

The Council and CILs will host and facilitate a 3–4 day training for high school students with disabilities in different parts of the state, with the goal of placing youth exiting high school on a positive path towards post-secondary training, education, employment and living more independently. We will work together to develop curriculum, agenda, selection criteria for participants, budget, local arrangements, and evaluation tools and process. Each training will be held in proximity to the CILs.

The first site for Summer 2017 will be ​Paris, TN in partnership with T.A.R.P. Center for Independent Living (Training, Advocacy, Referral, Peer Support and Transition).  It will be held at Bethel University June 13-15.

Questions about the TARP program? Contact Dora Warman, TARP Program Director, at 731-644-0026 or

What topics will the Academies cover?

The History of the Self-Advocacy and Independent Living Movements
The Importance of Speaking up for Yourself
State and Community Resources
Developing Independent Living Skills
Developing a One-Page Plan/Profiles
Putting Technology to Work for You
Communicating with Legislators / Telling Your Story

For more information, contact Ned Andrew Solomon at