KASA National Youth Information, Training and Resource Center

KASA National Youth Information, Training and Resource Center

What Is the KASA Youth Information, Training and Resource Center?

The KASA project is a project of Family Voices. We have received a grant from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (US government) to provide information and materials to youth by youth on information that is important for youth to know, in ways that youth want to learn.

KASA believes that young people with disabilities will have control over their own lives and futures. We will do this by informing youth about their rights, providing peer support and training, and changing systems to include us.

How We Get The Work Done

The KASA project is led by a national all-youth National Advisory Board. We also have two staff members. The Center is guided by an all-youth group, the Task Force.

Julie Sipchen is the project director and she oversees the Center as well as all KASA activities. Naomi Ortiz is the project coordinator. She is working full-time to support the Center and the Task Force.

What Does The KASA Task Force Do?

The Youth Information, Training and Resource Center Task Force members give advice and opinions to the KASA Advisory Board and staff about what information and training youth with disabilities need.

How Does This Happen?

The Task Force works with the KASA Advisory Board and KASA project staff. The KASA Advisory Board makes recommendations to the staff about how KASA will do it's work, what information should be on the website and does the work of putting materials, like tip sheets, together.

The KASA Task Force helps the KASA Advisory Board and staffs by giving advice about what information young people with disabilities need to know. The Task Force members have the opportunity to help develop these materials and will also review {look over} what the KASA Advisory Board and staff write to make sure it is helpful and clear {youth-friendly}. We have one phone call a month to talk about what we need to do and to figure out who is interested in helping with different things.

The Task Force members also have lots of opportunities to learn. They have some training at an in-person meeting as well as opportunities to represent KASA at other conferences and meetings. Youth on the Task Force also get to learn how a project can be led by young people with disabilities, with the staff only giving support.

The Task Force members are:

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