Youth Services

conrad certificateThe Southwest Center for Independent Living Youth Services program includes transition classes that focus on learning independent living skills, advocacy for educational endeavors such as implementation of IEP’s and 504 plans, driver’s education, community resource management, social events and much more. SCIL recognizes that youth with disabilities encounter special challenges and offers the support to conquer those challenges.

Benefit Consulting & Community Resource Management:

SCIL can answer the confusing questions about disability benefits and help with the process such as with SSI, SSDI, MOHealthNet, food stamps, guardanship and alternatives to guardianship. We can help you make connections throughout the community to gather all the resources you will need.

Your Life Youth Group:

Your Life consists of both a high school and post-high school group that meet alternating weeks, and a middle school that meets monthly, for youth with disabilities ages 10-25. The groups focus on independent living skills that are pertinent to the transition process. High school students meet every other Tuesday with the post- high school youth meeting the opposite Tuesday from 4pm-5:30pm at the main Southwest Center for Independent Living office. Enrollment for Your Life begins at the start of each school semester, September and January. For more information, contact a Youth Advocate at 417.886.1188 or email

Specific dates available on the Events page.

Youth ServicesSocial Events:

Each month SCIL plans a free social event for youth with disabilities. Check the calendar or sign up to recieve post card announcements to see what’s happening this month! If you would like additional information, please contact our offices 417.886.1188 or email

IEP Advocacy:

Youth Advocates are trained to understand the Individual Educational Plan (IEP) process. They can help parents and students learn the steps involved, what to say, questions to ask, and help you advocate effectively for your child.


SCIL has limited funding to provide partial summer camp scholarships or essential living items for our young adults who move out into their own place.

Independent Living Skills Training:

SCIL has curriculum on over 20 independent living skills that we offer one-on-one, in group sessions or in special education classrooms.


FAQ: Where can I find help with special education for my child?

FAQ: What is guardianship?


Download the Youth Services Info Sheet