5 locals graduate from Project STIR, now Ohio Leaders

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Graduates of last week's Project STIR training. Courtesy photo.

GREENVILLE—Project Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility (STIR) training was held last week at the Birchwood Training and Senior Center.

The Darke County Board of DD (Developmental Disabilities) hosted the three-day training where five Darke County clients became Ohio Leaders.

The training was designed to provide people with developmental disabilities with tools to advocate for themselves, mobilize others in advocacy, and gain leadership experiences.

Last week’s training was the first offered in the western portion of Ohio.

Darke County clients Katie Gilpin, Samuel Ploch, Jimmy Meade, Matt Harrison and Cali Duff will use what they learned at Project STIR within the community.

“They will continue their leadership skills as they present at this month’s Advocacy in Aktion meeting to educate their peers on how to be an effective self-advocate as well as update our Board for the Mission Moment spotlight,” Sue Huston, Darke DD Community Connections & Advocacy Coordinator, said.

Huston added that the Darke County clients are looking forward

“They’re excited,” she said. “The folks that attended, they’re very excited to get out and speak to different people, exciting for me as the advocacy coordinator as well.”

For any questions on the Advocacy in Action Club, follow the Darke County DD Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DarkeDD, or contact Huston at sueh@darkedd.org.