Tammy Luce of Wolsey has been selected to participate in the statewide leadership program Partners in Policymaking. Coordinator of the leadership program, Sandy Stocklin Hook, of South Dakota Advocacy Services in Pierre noted, “The committee who selects the participants for Partners in Policymaking does an awesome job in filling the class. Choosing the participants is always a difficult as we received so many excellent and qualified applications. For this coming year’s class, we received 53 applications and the committee felt the application from Luce was exceptional and she will be a valuable asset to the class. Her application showed a spirit, desire to learn, and strong advocacy qualities, along with leadership skills and knowledge that will definitely add to the class atmosphere.” Stocklin Hook went on to say “We believe Tammy to have great energy and a willingness to share what she learns with others. She will be an excellent advocate for all people with disabilities.”
Partners training gives individuals knowledge of available resources and assistance to vastly improve their futures. It helps to open doors to a new world of opportunities, not only just for themselves and their families, but also for the entire disability community.
One weekend per month from November through April these individuals make time from their own hectic schedules to participate in a unique program that ultimately leads to richer, fuller, and more productive lives for themselves and their family members. They will become active Partners, Partners with community organizations, Partners with federal, state, county, and local governments, Partners with schools, Partners with employers and most importantly, Partners with each other.
Partners is about empowerment, extending to individuals with disabilities and their families the skills, information, and tools needed to access service delivery systems. Partners in Policymaking trains individuals to become leaders in organizations.
Partners in a national leadership, empowerment program. South Dakota is beginning its 22nd year of providing the program and has 504 graduates state-wide.
Stocklin Hook says, “Our commitment to Partners in Policymaking is to consistently maintain a high quality program. Partners make a commitment to attend all the sessions and we make a commitment that their time will be well spent. They can expect the best because we provide the best! The speakers/presenters are experts in their fields. We are honored to have Tammy as a participant in this program. Her drive, determination, strong skills for team work, and knowledge will be an integral part of the program, not only for herself, but also for others.”
Partners is funded in part by grants from the South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities, Center for Disabilties at Sanford School of Medicine and USD, Children’s Care Hospital & School, and South Dakota Parent Connection. South Dakota Advocacy Services facilitates and coordinates the training.