Milwaukee County Advocacy Grant

This project is funded by the Disabilities Services Division of the Milwaukee Department of Health & Human Services. This project provides information, support and training to Milwaukee county youth (typically ages 14-21) and their families. The project targets underserved populations within the City of Milwaukee while also conducting outreach to families in other areas of Milwaukee County.

Project activities include the Youth Leadership Summit for high school students with disabilities, trainings for students, parents, and edcuators, as well as individual support for parents of high school students at IEP meetings.

Youth Leadership Summit

Youth Leadership Summit is a week-long summer gathering of Milwaukee and surrounding area high school students with disabilities. WI FACETS partners with IndependenceFirst for this project.

  • Participants learn independent living topics such as conflict resolution, college and employment issues and accommodations, post-secondary transition planning, IEPs, money management, disability rights, healthy & safe relationships and more.
  • Participants meet, socialize, brainstorm, and participate in activities with other area high school students with disabilities, hear from college providers, employment agencies and other successful community young people.
  • Includes breakfast, lunch and a snack each day, as well as bus tickets as needed.
  • A great way to meet others, learn about independent living and talk about issues affecting young persons with disabilities who are making the transition from high school to “the real world”.

Space is limited to 25 students. Completed application is required.


It's My Life Youth Conference

WI FACETS hosts this three-day event each year in partnership with The Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative (WSPEI), The Transition Improvement Grant (TIG) and local schools. High school students or recent graduates learn about what life with a disability will be like after high school and the rights and options available to them, while in the company of other youth with disabilities. Featured sessions include:

  • Mock Job Interviews
  • Writing & giving “elevator speeches”
  • College Jeopardy
  • Disability Disclosure
  • The PTP & the WI Transition app

A monetary stipend is given once youth complete all requirements of the program. The event is free and registration is required. For more information, contact Matthew Zellmer at 877-374-0511 or

Trainings for Youth, Families, & Educators

Two trainings each are typically held in April & October. Topics often include employment options, DVR, college options, guardianship and supported decision making and long care support. Please check here frequently for future dates, times, location and topics as these are subject to presenters’ availability and may be offered in a duel face-to-face/virtual format. Workshops are free and registration is required. All WI FACETS events are listed on our calendar.