What is Junior Partners in Policymaking?
Junior Partners in Policymaking™ is an exciting summer program for young adults ages 15 to 22. It is held at a University setting, where the participants live and learn for five nights and six days. During the day, participants are enrolled in fun, exploratory and hands-on classes to encourage leadership and self-advocacy. In the evenings, our young leaders have many opportunities to get together to enjoy activities and entertainment. We hope you will join us for this unique week of wonderful activities that concludes with a trip to Legislative Hall in Dover. Participants will meet with legislators and use the advocacy skills learned and practiced earlier in the week. Certificates of participation, which can be added to your resume or college application, will be distributed at our farewell luncheon after the Legislative Hall visit.
What will I learn?
Junior Partners in Policymaking™ was designed to meet the changing needs of young adults with and without disabilities as they move toward adult independence. Our classes will teach you about:
What happens if I am selected to participate?
All applications are reviewed by the Junior Partners in Policymaking Oversight Committee. If you are selected to participate in the Junior Partners in Policymaking Program, you will receive a letter from the program coordinator letting you know you have been chosen to participate. The letter will also include details such as dates, times, location and contact information for the program coordinator. You can also expect to receive a phone call from the program coordinator so that you can be properly introduced ahead of time, and so that you can discuss any concerns or questions that you may have.
Is there a fee to participate?
There is no cost for program participants. The Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council will cover the cost of instruction as well as all room, board, and meal expenses. On-site, participants will be supported by the Project Coordinator, two resident assistants, and two classroom assistants. Please note, personal care attendant services are not provided by project staff.
This program is funded by the Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council and grants from AIDD, Delaware General Assembly, Department of Education and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Graduates have the opportunity to attend future classes to mentor new participants and to become presenters.
When and where are the training sessions?
All sessions take place at a University setting in Dover, Delaware.
The 2017 training sessions will be held at Delaware State University, in Dover Delaware from Sunday, June 18th and ending late afternoon of Friday, June 23, 2017.
Click here to download an application.
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Applications can be mailed, faxed or emailed to:
Developmental Disabilities Council
ATTN: Kristin Harvey
Margaret M. O'Neill Building, Suite 2
410 Federal Street, 2nd Floor
Dover, Delaware 19901
Fax: (302) 739-2015
For more information about the Junior Partners in Policymaking, please contact Kristin Harvey at (302) 739-3623.