The Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy is partnering with the Resource Center for Independent Living and bringing our Empower Me! Series “It’s My Life!” Workshop to Osage City and surrounding area youth! This is simply a one-day, weekend workshop that will help youth with disabilities learn how to live independently, make good decisions, and take charge of their life and future.

This workshop will be held on Saturday, April 14 at the Resource Center for Independent Living in Osage City. It will take place from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, but the day will be completely interactive with speakers, hands on activities, group discussion, food, prizes, and more! Participants will learn about a variety of different topics including independent living, housing, money management, transportation, decision making, communication, and more. Throughout the day, participants will learn about the various options, as well as resources, that are available in their community. They will even leave the workshop with a goal plan containing independent living goals.

So, who can attend this workshop?

  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 25.
  • Must have a disability (as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act).
  • Must live in Osage City or surrounding areas (nearby towns include Lyndon, Burlingame, Carbondale, Lebo, Allen, Eskridge, Pomona, Waverly, Hartford, Burlington, and Melvern).

There is no cost for participants to attend. KYEA will arrange for accommodations that are needed, including brainstorming transportation options.

See attached flyer and registration form. To attend this workshop, youth must fill out the registration form and return to us by APRIL 2, 2018.

It’s My Life flyer

It’s My Life- Registration Form


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  • Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • National School Free Lunch Program
  • Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF)

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**The Resource Center for Independent Living does not endorse or certify in any way the services of ReachOut Wireless.