2016 Youth Summit

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The Virginia Department of Education’s I’m Determined project, in conjunction with the Partnership for People with Disabilities, invites applications for sponsorship to the 10th Annual I’m Determined Youth and Parent Summit at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Youth with disabilities from across the Commonwealth will meet to identify ways to become better advocates and lead more self-determined lives. The selected individuals and a parent/guardian will receive paid registration, dormitory accommodations, travel expenses and meals for the three-day event. A concurrent Parent Summit for the selected participant’s parent/guardian will be held at the university. Parent attendance is based on their child applying and being accepted to the summit. There is not an application that parents fill out.

The Youth and Parent Summit will start on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 and will end on Friday, June 17, 2016. More detailed information regarding the Youth and Parent Summit will be provided upon acceptance of the youth.


We will accept 120 qualified applicants
Deadline for submission of applications is 5:00 pm on March 15th, 2016.
Accepted youth or youth’s parent will be notified by email.
Participants should be prepared for walking and movement activities during the Summit.

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

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