the ILRC Seeking Members for its Youth Advisory Council

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the ILRC Seeking Members for its Youth Advisory Council

Jacksonville, FL (November 21, 2016) --- The Independent Living Resource Center of Northeast Florida (ILRC) is seeking members for its 2017 Youth Advisory Council.  The council, which empowers youth with disabilities for leadership, is open to youth ages 13 to 25 who have a disability. The Youth Advisory Council typically includes between 13 and 17 members.

The goals of the Youth Advisory Council are to increase creativity, confidence and independence of youth with a disability, develop teamwork, conflict resolution, time management and organizational skills and build communication skills including those of public speaking.

The Youth Advisory Council activities include monthly enrichment events, a quarterly field trip, internships and transportation for job shadowing experiences.

“Our goal is to assist youth with a disability to develop the skills they need to have the life they want to live,” said Tyler Morris, Executive Director of The Independent Living Resource Center.  “It is so gratifying to watch these young people blossom and achieve things that many of them thought were impossible.”

“Being a YAC member has made me realize that I can do something bigger and better than anything I have ever done before with the support the YAC has given me,” said Malaika Worsham, 16 years old and a member of the 2016 Youth Advisory Council.

Christopher Noble, who is hard of hearing, and his twin brother, Willie, who is deaf, also expressed their support of the ILRC.  “Working with the ILRC staff was so very helpful for the future I am preparing for myself.”

To become part of the 2017 Youth Advisory Council, visit theilrc.org/yac to learn more. To obtain an application, email info@theilrc.org.

For more information about the services of the ILRC of Northeast Florida, visit theilrc.org. There are over 400 Centers for Independent Living that operate nationwide and 16 in the state of Florida. Their mission is to empower people with disabilities to live independently. In Northeast Florida, the Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) assists consumers who have disabilities with skill development in areas such as money management, goal setting, accessing community transportation, utilization of medical equipment and employment readiness.  The ILRC empower independence through advocacy, education, employment and mobility.

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