Self-Advocacy Training and Support
The Self-Advocacy Training and Support Program was designed to help transition age youth (14-25)* build self-advocacy skills in their personal, professional, and community life.
Self-Advocacy Skills is an 8-week session and consists of:
8 small group classes (1:6 staff to student ratio)
4 bi-weekly individual coaching meetings for students related to self-advocacy and their individual circumstances
A self-advocacy workbook and group designed T-shirt
Some of the topics covered in the group classes include: rights and self-determination, models of disability, asking for help, independence, steps in self-advocacy, interpersonal self-advocacy (advocacy within the home, family, community), and employment self-advocacy.
Individual coaching meeting topics will vary depending on the student. Topics students could select include, but are not limited to; interpersonal self-advocacy, identifying disability related needs, post-secondary or job planning, workplace readiness, and/or understanding home and community based waivers.
*If youth fall outside the targeted age range and would still like to participate, please contact us directly for options.
**If interested in 1:1 class offerings, please contact us directly for options.
Cost and Registration
To ask about registration, get more information, and see dates of upcoming sessions, fill out our online Intake Form.
The cost for each one-hour group class as $30.00 ($7.50 per unit) and the cost for each one-hour individual coaching meeting is $75.00 ($18.75 per unit). Additional coaching meetings beyond the session are available at the individual rate depending on student need and facilitator availability.
Participation in the session can be billed in the following ways:
Through a Home and Community Based Waiver (both Traditional and CDCS). Click HERE for billing details.
Through Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Click HERE for billing details.
Through Private Pay. Click HERE for billing details.
Times and Locations
Currently, we are offering group classes virtually on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
Individual coaching meetings are scheduled either in home, virtually, at our West Saint Paul office, or in the community. These meetings are bi-weekly and scheduled at a time convenient for you.
For dates of upcoming sessions, please see the Intake Form.