Pat Figueroa, Jr. Sponsorship
Sponsorships for Young Adults with
Disabilities to Attend Leadership Trainings
This sponsorship, supported by the State Plan, is named
in honor of Patricio Pat Figueroa, Jr., a recognized leader and
advocate of people with disabilities. In 1978, Pat founded the first Center for
Independent Living (CIL) in New York State the Center for Independence
of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY). The network has since grown to over forty
centers. He was the co-founder of the 504 Democratic Club and publisher of the
national disability newspaper, Independence Today. Pat helped train and
mentor numerous individuals over the years. For young advocates looking to
become future leaders, he is someone to look up to as they learn and strive to
reach their ultimate goals.
The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC)
is looking to conduct outreach to young adults with disabilities (age 18-28)
with demonstrated leadership potential. Specifically, State Plan for
Independent Living (SPIL) 2011-13 objective # 5 will support young leaders by
providing The Patricio Pat Figueroa, Jr. Sponsorship for
young adults with disabilities to attend and participate in independent living
related conferences and/or national disability and leadership trainings during
each year of the State Plan. It is expected that sponsorships of up to $250
each will be awarded to young adults with disabilities based on cost and need.
Recipients will be asked to provide documentation via a NYSILC reimbursement
form and complete a follow up questionnaire to summarize their experience.
The council member will make their decisions based on the
availability of applications received on a first come first served basis and on
need, while attempting to maximize the resources and representing as many young
leaders throughout the State as possible. Refer to the following link for an
application form, Application form.
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