Press Release: May 5, 2017
May 6, 2017 / Posted by Marni McNiff / Blog / Comments (0)
BUILDING A GREAT LIFE; A YOUTH SUMMIT CREATED BY YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES FOR ALL YOUTH, AGES 13-26.COVERS: HEALTHCARE, EMPLOYMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP Bloomfield, Ct On Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10:00am – 4:00pm, youth from all over Connecticut will be gathering on the beautiful campus of St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield CT to participate in a summit designed by the youth themselves. The topics to be covered will be; how to get and maintain gainful employment, how to become a young entrepreneur and how to navigate the ever more complex world of healthcare. This is the second youth summit being presented by CT KASA (Kids as Self Advocates) and as their name indicates this is one day when the kids will run the show. “CT KASA models leadership and the power of self-advocacy ” says Nanfi Lubogo, Co-Director, PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of CT. “These young people learn not only to advocate for themselves but for their peers.” “We know that youth with disabilities have some unique challenges when transitioning into the adult world.” Says Carmina Cirioli, Co-Director, PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of CT “And that is why it is so important to hear from their community directly without any adult filters applied.” While there will be opportunities for youth to network with peers and discuss topics about employment, it is the Social Media Healthcare Transition Town Hall that will be the particular highlight of the day. “Healthcare is a paramount concern to everyone today” explains Lubogo, “particularly for our youth- especially those with disabilities. Whether it be; physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities, the obstacles exist and we must provide them as many tools as possible to help them attain the healthcare they need today and in the future.”
Building A Great Life 2nd Annual Youth SummitBloomfield CT, May 5, 2017– This event is a one day summit designed for youth ages 13 to 26. Youth will learn how to advocate in school, the work place and how to navigate our complex healthcare system. They will hear from their peers on how to become a young entrepreneur, about working in the community and pursuing higher education. They will also have the opportunity to network and discuss life successes and challenges and how to build a great life! “These amazing young people are excited to convene a summit all of their own where they can learn and discuss issues that affect them. Our role as adults is to help facilitate and provide them with the tools to success. This youth summit is one such tool and with this group, the sky is the limit!!” — Co-Director Nanfi Lubogo We are incredibly grateful to all of our generous sponsors who see the potential of these incredible young people and were excited to support their vision of “Building a Great Life in spite of their “disabilities” — Co-Director Carmina Cirioli PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of Connecticut (PATH/FVCT) is a network of families providing informational and emotional support to others who have a child with developmental or health related needs. PATH/FVCT reaches out to help strengthen families coping with similar situations in Connecticut, and the organizations that serve them to reduce isolation, empower families as advocates for their children and reaffirm their values as parents and caregivers. If you would like more information about PATH/FVCT or CT KASA, please contact Nanfi Lubogo at 203- 234-9554 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.