CALIFORNIA YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (YLF)
THE DEADLINE DATE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2022!
The YLF is a six-day overnight leadership program for students with disabilities, held at California State University, Sacramento, where delegates stay in a dormitory for a college experience. The current tentative dates for YLF are July 17-22, 2022. If it is unsafe to meet in person or due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the YLF will be held completely virtually or in a hybrid format with some days virtually and some days in person. (All student applicants, parents and staff will be notified as soon as possible if this occurs.)
Additional virtual post-YLF sessions will be held in the months after the week-long event as scheduled using the Zoom platform. These monthly workshops will focus on topics such as post-secondary education, work experience and careers and self-advocacy.
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. The selected delegates’ travel, room and board, meals and disability accommodations are covered for the entire event. If needed YLF can help acquire and provide the technology needed to attend online sessions, including any related reasonable accommodations. Funding for YLF is provided through a public-private partnership.
WHO CAN ATTEND?
California residents with a disability who are high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors during the 2021-2022 school year, ending in June 2022 are eligible to attend.
The most highly qualified applicants are students with disabilities who have demonstrated leadership potential in school and in the community. Students with any types of 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 email@example.com.
YLF VIDEO CLIPS
View videos of the week-long activities to see what happens at YLF including post-YLF sessions on our California YLF YouTube channel.