Empowering People for Inclusive Communities (EPIC) equips young people with disabilities to achieve their goals and be leaders in their local communities. Utilizing service learning, leadership development training, peer support, and community education, EPIC builds a solid foundation for youth with disabilities to build inclusive communities through their leadership.
EPIC prepares young people with disabilities to be actively engaged community leaders through:
- Service Warriors Boston and Service Warriors Worcester: EPIC Service Warriors is a community service and leadership development program for youth with disabilities between the ages of 16-23. Service Warriors meet for one year to participate in 12 community service projects in Greater Boston or Worcester. In addition to service, these young leaders participate in a minimum of 10 leadership development days to explore topics such as political literacy and disability history.
- Community Trainings & Consulting: Our disability-led training teams offer individuals with and without disabilities the opportunity to explore topics such as disabilities, ableism, and inclusion. For partners ready to take the next steps in ensuring equity and inclusion, EPIC provides consulting services to put training concepts into practice and policy. EPIC trainings are available across all sectors and ages.
- Youth Support Groups: Peer support is vital to the growth of young leaders with disabilities. EPIC offers two monthly Youth Support Groups: EPIC Youth Night and QueerAble. These youth-led, adult-supported youth groups provide social and educational supports to youth with disabilities ages 14-26 in Boston and Worcester.
EPIC Youth grow in their leadership and advocacy thanks to the support of adult mentors. EPIC has both individual and group volunteer opportunities for those interested in supporting EPIC Youth. Click here to learn more!