The Student Application Window for the 2020 YLF is now closed.

The 2020 YLF Application (PDF) is now available in English and Spanish and the deadline to apply is January 24, 2020.


The Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) is a week-long program that is tentatively scheduled to be held at California State University, Sacramento on July 19 – July 24, 2020 (tentative) for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors in High School.

During the weeklong event, delegates work in small groups with eight to ten, supported by two co-counselors, one peer counselor and a group assistant. Students work from the YLF program workbook activities that reinforce the key leadership goals and objectives of the program. Each day has a theme and activities reinforce that theme.

In addition to small group sessions, delegates participate in large group sessions which feature presentations and discussions from young adults with disabilities who have found success in their chosen careers. Delegates also have fun activities such as: a talent show, a comedy act that presents inspiring achievements for people with disabilities, and a dance, which offers delegates the opportunity to socialize with fellow delegates and learn public speaking skills in a fun atmosphere.

Delegates visit the state capitol and participate in a tour and hear from state leaders. Delegates attend the Catherine Kelly Baird Network Luncheon where delegates have an opportunity to networks with leaders and employers in the community and speakers who encourage and challenge delegates to embrace their disability and never give up on their dreams.



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