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“I didn’t begin to thrive until I came here.” Read Eiryn’s Story and Donate to the NCIL Youth Scholarship Fund

In 2016, Eiryn Griest-Schwartzman received a youth scholarship to attend the NCIL conference. Three years later, they’re on our board as the Youth Member-At-Large. In their own words:

“Attending the NCIL conference brought me:

  • an incredible community and support system
  • a level of solidarity that I’d never experienced before, 
  • empowering resources for my transition to independence.
  • It jumpstarted my career in disability advocacy.

I didn’t begin to thrive until I came here. I financially could not have gotten [to the conference] without [the youth scholarship] and in turn never would’ve gotten involved in NCIL in any meaningful way.”

The NCIL Youth Scholarship Fund is 100% funded by the generous contributions of NCIL supporters like you. Your donations help youth with disabilities get to our Annual Conference each July.

Help young people like Eiryn discover the life changing magic of the Independent Living Movement. Donate today.

Eiryn Griest-Schwartzman participates in the NCIL 2017 March to the Capitol.
Eiryn Griest-Schwartzman participates in the NCIL 2017 March to the Capitol.

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