CALIFORNIA YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (YLF)
The deadline to apply is December 18, 2020.
The YLF is a six-day leadership program for students with disabilities, held virtually using the Zoom platform. Additional post-YLF sessions will be held in the months after the weeklong event as scheduled. These monthly workshops will focus on topics such as post-secondary education and careers.
Delegates will learn advocacy and leadership skills from alumni and professionals with disabilities and create a “Personal & Career Leadership Plan” to help reach their future education, independent living, and career goals.
Delegates interact with state and national leaders with disabilities, which may include celebrities, politicians, entertainers, and other adult role models with disabilities. Participants also make lifelong friendships with other statewide delegates and have mentorship opportunities with alumni.
NO COST TO DELEGATES
There is no cost for students who are selected to attend. If needed YLF can help acquire and provide the technology needed to attend online sessions, including any related reasonable accommodations.
WHO CAN ATTEND?
California residents with a disability who are high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors during the 2020-2021 school year, ending in June 2021 are eligible to attend.
Only the most highly qualified applicants are students who have demonstrated leadership potential in school and in the community. All students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
To complete and submit an application and for more information, read the delegate information guide on the delegate information page.
If you have questions or need additional information about the application process, please call the California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities at 855-894-3436 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 YLF VIDEO CLIPS
View videos of the week-long activities to see what happens at YLF!