Muscular Dystrophy Canada and sponsor Canada Safeway are extremely excited to be planning Youth In Action (YIA) 2012. YIA is a National Youth Conference which will be held August 24-26, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta. Participants spend an action-packed weekend with youth and families affected by neuromuscular disorders, participating in interactive workshops, hearing from inspirational speakers, and enjoying social evenings with lots of great entertainment. There are dozens of reasons to join in this amazing event, but here are the top five:
1) Make new friends and see the old!
YIA is geared toward 15-24 year olds but everyone is welcome, including health and service professionals, clients, family members and caregivers. You can make friends from across the country by sharing fun bonding experiences. And this is the third Youth Conference that Muscular Dystrophy Canada has hosted so it’s a great chance to reconnect with friends you’ve made in past years!
2) Entertainment every night!
YIA is held on a weekend so you know having fun is on the agenda for Friday and Saturday night! Details are still being arranged, but it’s official that Saturday night’s entertainment will include a performance by one of Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s own ambassadors—Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli!
3) Travel Grants are available!
Conference fees cover workshops, activities and five meals, and cost $80 for youth (plus one family member/caregiver). But travel and hotel can be expensive—especially if you’re travelling cross-country—this is where Canada Safeway Travel Grants come in handy! Grants can cover airfare or mileage plus two nights of hotel accommodation. To be eligible for this funding, you must have a neuromuscular disorder, be between the ages of 15-24 and be a registered client of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Registering with Muscular Dystrophy Canada is FREE and applying for travel grants is as easy as creating a video or writing a short essay!
4) You can be heard!
You’ll explore options, hear about new opportunities, receive advice from people who know what it’s like to be where you are, and get motivated to advocate for changes that will improve the lives of people with muscular dystrophy. You will also have the opportunity to tell Muscular Dystrophy Canada Board members and staff about what matters to you and how we can help you achieve your dreams. Sounds good, eh?
5) Calgary is Awesome!
As if all that weren’t enough, YIA is being held in Calgary, Alberta. Whether you’ve never been or live nearby, it’s a great reason to visit a beautiful part of our great nation!
See you in August at Youth in Action 2012! Register today!