About the Board

The Board has two training programs: Partners in Policymaking (PIP) and Youth Leadership Academy (YLA). The programs are conducted every two years in alternate years.

Partners in Policymaking

Training Advocates to step up to Leadership Roles

Visit the Partners in Policymaking Page.Partners in Policymaking participants are people who live in Virginia, have a developmental disability or are parents of young children with developmental disabilities. Individuals attending the program participate in advocacy skill workshops, resource development, and leadership training.

To learn more, visit our Partners in Policymaking page.

To submit a PIP graduate update, visit Share Your News. Go to Share the News


Youth Leadership Academy

Developing Young Leaders

Visit the Youth Leadership Academy Page.The YLA program seeks to empower young people with developmental and other disabilities to further develop their leadership skills. Students, serving as Delegates from communities throughout Virginia, participate in a wide range of activities and learning experiences during the Youth Leadership Academy set on a university campus.

The YLA curriculum includes training and development of individual career and life-goals, leadership skills, social skills, and self-esteem. Delegates benefit from sharing the experience of an energetic and socially enriched environment with other delegates, distinguished guests, mentors, and highly motivated volunteer staff.

To learn more, visit our Youth Leadership Academy page.

To submit a YLA graduate update, visit Share Your News. Go to Share the News


Alumni Development Program

Partners in Policymaking (PIP) and Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) Alumni

Visit the Alumni Development Program Page.The Board is eager to connect with PIP and YLA alumni to learn more about your advocacy efforts. Facilitating alumni relationships, creating networking opportunities, and highlighting the advocacy activity achievements of alumni are some of our immediate objectives. Your feedback and participation are crucial.

To learn more, visit our Alumni Development Program page.

To be added to our mailing list, please contact:

Ronita Wilson
Alumni Relations Program Assistant
Telephone: 804-786-5468
E-Mail: Ronita.Wilson@vbpd.virginia.gov