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Advocates in Action: The Leadership Series


speak up, make decisions, plan your future, know your rights, be responsible, learn about government, get out and vote, be a team player, become a leader!

Advocates in Action RI developed the Leadership Series to help people learn how to speak up for themselves and make a difference.

The Leadership Series is a 10 month learning experience for Rhode Islanders who have a developmental disability, family members, friends and direct support staff. The Series begins with a kick-off retreat which all class members must attend. This is casual, fun-filled opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and learn more about the year that's ahead of them. The retreat is followed by classes that meet several times a month from September thru June. Each class covers topic related to Leadership and Self-Advocacy. During the series, students will be introduced to the tools they need to speak up for themselves and others.

You don't need to be able to read or write to be a member of the Leadership Series. Our curriculum also includes pictures, video, audio, games and other interactive media that make the information accessible, easy to understand and fun!

There are also homework assignments and extra events to attend between classes, including RI's Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy conference on October 30th, at which class members will be given a hands-on opportunity to practice some basic leadership skills. Class members will be the on-stage hosts for the Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Meeting in the Spring of 2015, during which they will practice public speaking, facilition and additional skills that they'll learn in the Leadership Series. Everyone who completes the Series will graduate at a formal ceremony and be eligible to join the Advocates in Action RI Leadership Academy where they can continue to learn, practice and also teach Self-Advocacy and Leadership Skills.

The Leadership Series is coordinated by Advocates in Action Rhode Island. Participation in the Series is FREE thanks to the support of the RI Center for Excellence in Advocacy. SPACE IS LIMITED and we encourage everyone who is interested to apply today! Eligible applications will be invited to an interview on Wednesday, August 20th.

CLICK HERE to download the application for the Leadership Series Class of 2015

Interested individuals should mail the completed application and two (2) letters of reference no later than
Wednesday, August 13th to:

Advocates in Action RI
Center for Excellence and Advocacy
662 Hartford Ave
Providence RI 02909

Click here to view video slide shows from previous Leadership Series and Partners in Policymaking classes.

This Page was updated on:
July 22, 2014