California Youth Leadership Forum For Students With Disabilities (YLF)

The 2024 YLF will be held in-person from July 14 through July 20, 2024 at California State University, Sacramento, where delegates stay in the dormitory. Please note: Dates are subject to change.

If selected for the YLF program, delegates are required to attend and participate during all scheduled in-person days.

At the week-long event, delegates will learn the following:

  • Advocacy and leadership skills in a peer setting
  • Meet with professionals with disabilities
  • Meet state policy-makers
  • Develop goals through their personal and career leadership plan for their education, independent living and career goals
  • Make lifelong friendships and create network with alumni

Please note: YLF planning partners continue to track health trends and safety guidance within California. All participants may be expected to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19, and to test negatively for COVID-19 in the 24 hours before arriving in Sacramento.


There is no cost for delegates who are selected to attend. All costs including travel, lodging, meals, or any accommodations such as American Sign Language interpreters, Real-Time text captioners, and/or personal care assistants will be covered. Funding for the YLF is provided through a public-private partnership.

Special Thanks to our YLF Partners and Sponsors
2023 YLF partners and sponsors logos including Connected to Lead, Association of California State Employees with
Disabilities (ACSED), California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), State
Independent Living Council (SILC), Friends Inc., Employment Development Department (EDD), Disability Rights
California (DRC), Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Northrop Grumman, CDE, Molina Healthcare, Elevance
Health and Strapping Store.


California residents with a disability who are high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors during the 2023-2024 school year, ending in June 2024 are eligible to attend.

Students with any type of disability are encouraged to apply. Students who demonstrate leadership potential in school and in the community are best suited for this program.


The YLF 2024 Delegate application period is now closed.

For more information, read the 2024 Delegate Information Guide found on the Delegate Information page.

If you have questions or need additional information about the application process, please email us at or call us at 855-894-3436.


Watch our awesome promotional video featuring an original rap by a YLF 2023 alumni:
California YLF Promotional Video
California YLF Promotional Video (with ASL)

Find out what past YLF delegates have to say about the YLF: California YLF Delegate Testimonials.

View videos of the week-long activities to see what happens at YLF including post-YLF sessions on our California YLF YouTube channel.

Staff and Delegates of the YLF 2023
Staff and Delegates of the YLF 2023 pose in front of the west steps of the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento, CA