Join us for the next RAISE Webinar:

The Art of Youth Development and Leadership Programming Development

Wednesday, January 16, 2018

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST)

Youth development and leadership programming has been recognized as a vital element of a successful transition. This webinar will discuss the value of youth-led and -driven programming, near peer mentoring, the role of an adult ally, and its successful implementation at parent training and information centers.


  • Understand the key elements of a successful leadership program
  • Identify ways to be a supportive adult ally in the development and work of a youth leadership program
  • Recognize ways that a youth leadership program can be implemented in various settings including Parent Training and Information Centers.


Liz Healey, now retired, was the founding Executive Director of the Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) Center. Her advocacy for children with disabilities and special health care needs began with the birth of her daughter. She is the Co-chair of the Imagine Different . . . Achieve Different Coalition whose mission is to make it possible for all children with disabilities to leave congregate care and grow up in nurturing families.

Michael Stoehr is a Knowledge Development and Technical Assistance Specialist with the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT). Michael assists states in collaborative inter-agency engagement to ensure the successful implementation of secondary transition legislation and effective practices. Michael holds a Masters in Secondary Special Education and Transition from The University of Kansas. Prior to working at NTACT, Michael worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, through the PATTAN system as the statewide lead educational consultant for Secondary Transition. He has worked in the special education field for the past 33 years and has extensive experience in the areas of secondary transition, assessment, job analysis, and job coaching. Michael has presented extensively throughout Pennsylvania and nationally on a variety of topics including: transition communities of practice, effective transition planning, inter-agency collaboration, and youth engagement and self-advocacy.

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