When we come back next year:Youth conference deemed a success
For the 10 youth with disabilities who attended a leadership conference at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, the possibility of future conferences was never in question.
“For an inaugural event, it went really well,” said Jeff Sheen, CPD policy analyst and project director who helped plan the event. “Everyone was saying ‘when we come back next year, and the next year after that’ -- not if we come back, but when.”
The youth leadership conference, which was held on the USU campus June 10-12, was an initiative to get youth involved as consumers and prepare them to be leaders in disability advocacy, said Sheen, who is also the chair of Utah’s Statewide Independent Living Council’s youth service committee.