Empower Tennessee

Middle Tennessee's Center For Independent Living

Youth Programs

Working with young people with disabilities to increase their opportunities for independence, inclusion, and choice is not just a program offered by Empower Tennessee. It is a way of looking at disability and society, and a worldwide movement of people with disabilities working for self-determination, self-respect and equal opportunities. We operate according to a strict philosophy of consumer control, wherein people with all types of disabilities directly govern and staff the organization.

The programs we offer reflect that philosophy, and they all center on our five core services: Peer Support, Information and Referral, Individual and Systems Advocacy, and Independent Living Skills Training. Our annual hosting of the summer Youth Leadership Academy and Community Based Transition Programs are two of our many ways we work with young people with disabilities as they move from school to adulthood.

Youth Leadership Academy

Applications are Now Open for our 2022 Youth Leadership Academy: Creating My Future & Leading the Way

Empower Tennessee invites young people with disabilities to apply now for this exciting, virtual event!

This program is open to youth with disabilities (ages 16 – 24) who live in Tennessee and is offered at no cost to participants.

Participants will learn about:

  • Being Your Authentic Self
  • Problem Solving for Success
  • Working Toward Independence
  • And more…

All while having fun!

Youth & Parent Orientation will be held virtually via Zoom on Monday, June 6th, 2022 from 7 – 8 pm CT.

The Academy will be held virtually via Zoom on June 7-10, 2022 from 10 am – 4 pm CT each day.

Applications are open until May 15, 2022.

Community Based Transition Programs

Empower Tennessee works with transition-aged students participating in Community Based Transition Programs (CBTP) in Nashville-area classrooms. The CBTP supports young adults as they transition into life outside of school and into the workforce.

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