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To address the issues of non-inclusive mobility options for youth and the lack of voice that young adults have in transportation planning, three human service organizations including Easterseals, Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD), and PEAC partnered to implement a model demonstration program to address these challenges.

Funded by the Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Community Living, through an agreement with the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), this demonstration project paired young adults with disabilities from Massachusetts with young advocates with disabilities in Michigan, who already had experience and success advocating for inclusive transportation options. Through a series of interactive mentoring and educational sessions, young adults from Massachusetts prepared to engage in their own advocacy project.

During this webinar, learn about peer mentoring strategies employed to increase transportation advocacy skills. Hear from a variety of perspectives: funders, professionals, and advocates as they highlight the various aspects of the initiative, including the advocacy project completed by the Massachusetts advocates.

About the presenter: Genelle Thomas is the Director of National Initiatives at Partners for Youth with Disabilities. She has over 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, including at the executive and board levels. She has authored/co-authored: Best Practices for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities; National Implications for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities; and Expanding Access and Inclusion for Youth with Disabilities: An Inclusion Guide for America’s Youth Programs. She presents at regional and national conferences and facilitates the inclusion education and training of youth organizations nationwide.

She is the co-chair of the Leadership and Mentoring Task Force for the Global Partnership for Children with Disabilities. She holds a B.A. in psychology and M.A. in Educational Psychology from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Harvard University. She has received several awards for professional and community leadership including “Women of Influence” (2011) and “40 Under 40” (2012) from the Jacksonville Business Journal (Florida).

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