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YiPPE: Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment

Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment is a Leadership Development Opportunity for Youth with Disabilities and Their Parents to Learn About the Transition Process in a Unique Way

YiPPE is a group of youth and their parents who meet together five times during the year. They will hear from speakers and take part in hands-on activities in parallel programs centered around transition. While some topics may overlap, parents will be able to enjoy their own sessions while their youth are learning similar information in a youth-friendly format.

The YiPPE Program Assists Youth Ages 15-20 to:

  • Make decisions for themselves
  • Get involved in their school & community
  • Be as independent as possible
  • Become self-advocates & self-determined
  • Prepare for work and/or college
  • Learn what the future could hold for them
  • Get to know other youth, make friends & have fun

The YiPPE Program Assists Parents to Plan for Their Youth's Future by:

  • Enhancing their leadership, communication, & social skills
  • Providing information in the areas of health care, employment, education, inclusion, legislation, & adult services
  • Connecting parents to national, state, & local resources that will help their youth make a smoother transition
  • Connecting them to a network of parents who have children with disabilities going through transition

Who Can Sign Up?

  • Youth (ages 15-20) and their parent(s), foster parent(s), or grandparent(s)
  • Youth must be receiving special education services
  • Those who have attended a Transition PIP are not eligible to attend YiPPE
  • Space is limited to 25 parents

Call for 2015 - 2016 YiPPE Proposals:

If you would like us to consider a YiPPE in your community, please download and complete the proposal form. Send the completed form to Martha DeYoung, CESA 5, 626 East Slifer Street, Portage, WI 53901 or email it to

If you have question contact Martha DeYoung at 608-745-5435. YiPPE proposals need to be submitted by February 24th, 2015.



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Thank you for offering such a great educational tool for parents. I learned about so many great resources and met some amazing parent advocates.  My daughter has a stronger mom because of the opportunity given me.

PIP Parent 2012

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