This Year's Project: DRC Youth Leadership Initiative
About Our Organization
Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland (DRC) is a non-profit, non-residential, consumer-driven organization committed to providing and increasing consumer designed services and community awareness regarding disabilities. We offer five core services of Advocacy, Peer Support, Information and Referral, Independent Living Skills Training, and Independent Living Transitional Services. We provided skills training in the areas of self-advocacy, assistive devices, socialization, healthcare, homemaking, and computers. We can provide you with the latest information on initiatives for persons with disabilities throughout the state. We can match you with others who have similar disabilities so that you can share common experiences and support each other in everyday problem solving and goal reaching victories. Our mission is to ensure a fully accessible, integrated society that enables full participation by people with disabilities. This is accomplished by promoting and achieving excellence in consumer-controlled, self-directed services in programs, education, advocacy, research, and information retrieval and dissemination. These services are self-directed and geared toward increasing awareness of an individual's rights and options as well as the various methods to achieve chosen goals. It is fundamental that all advocacy, programming, and services ensure confidentiality, guard against exploitation, paternalism, and segregation, thus safeguarding the principle of consumer empowerment.
Current Project: DRC Youth Leadership Initiative
The program will help Disabilities Resource Center begin a program for youth living with disabilities in Siouxland. The program will be modeled after the EPIC (Empowering People for Inclusive Communities) program in Boston. EPIC works to train youth to be leaders in their communities. Their mission statement reads: Through peaceful, courageous service young people in the civil rights era impacted their communities and changed the country. EPIC is equipping a new generation of leaders, young people with disabilities, to celebrate their civil rights by making a lasting impact on their communities. Martin Luther King Jr. taught that “everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” Join us to discover greatness through service.”
This program will jumpstart our plan to create opportunities right here in Siouxland for youth with disabilities, preparing young people with disabilities to be actively engaged community leaders through education, leadership development and community service. The program would include creating youth support groups like Game Night, Self-Advocacy Training, Karaoke Night, and Social Media 101 and a “Service Warriors” program that will create volunteer opportunities for youth with disabilities to prepare them for leadership in their communities.