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Independent Living Civic Engagement Program

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 @ 12:05 PM  posted by jbuytaert

Metropolitan Center for Independent Living is starting a new Civic Engagement Program.

It is based on a Kansas University Curriculum that covers the topics of leadership, partnerships and coalitions, advocacy, and policy development. It also focuses on helping individuals explore their interests and get involved in their communities. The program is intended for individuals with disabilities over the age 18 and/or parents of individuals with disabilities. After a great deal of planning, the program is coming to fruition. We just finished the class section of our first session, and it has been energizing to see the impact and growth of the program. The participants have been engaged in learning and discussion with one another.

One participant said,

The MCIL Civic Engagement class was a great experience. The class showed me that I can make a difference in my community. As a person with a disability many things in society remind us of what we can’t do, and this class was a great example of what we can do. We learned about different people with disabilities such as Ed Roberts and Judy Heumann, who changed the face of disability as we know it. I feel inspired knowing that there are other people with disabilities trying to make the world a better place for those of us who are less fortunate than the able community.

They have the dates set for our next three cohorts of the Civic Engagement Program!

Classes will be held on

  • Fridays,  May 5th-June 2nd at 1-3 pm
  • Tuesdays, July 11th-August 8th at 9:30-11:30 am
  • Wednesdays, August 23rd-September 20th at 1-3 pm

Sessions will be in the classroom at MCIL (530 Robert Street North, in downtown St. Paul).

After the initial 4-5 weeks of curriculum focused time, there will be opportunities for one-to-ones and connecting with community engagement opportunities related to your interests. As always, this is a FREE class! We focus on what is important to the participants.

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