The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) seeks students from across Virginia to serve as Delegates to its Youth Leadership Academy (YLA). Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who want to become leaders in their schools and communities are strongly encouraged to apply for the honor of serving as a YLA delegate.
Student delegates demonstrate:
The YLA program is held in the summer on a university campus. Twenty-five Virginia high school students with developmental and other disabilities are selected to receive full scholarships to participate in this leadership development program.
For more information about YLA, contact us at Training@vbpd.virginia.gov or 800-846-4464.
The YLA program seeks to develop personal, leadership and career development skills in young people with developmental or other disabilities. Based on the California model of youth leadership development, YLA recruits rising high school juniors and seniors with disabilities who have demonstrated leadership potential and motivation.
To be eligible for YLA, the student must:
The VBPD uses the definition below to determine eligibility:
The YLA depends on a committed network of volunteers. The volunteers are involved in all aspects of assuring a successful experience for the Delegates including planning and preparation, delegate recruitment and selection, serving as YLA staff, speakers, panel members, mentors, or dorm parents, and assisting with travel and logistics. Volunteers are recruited from a variety of diverse areas including: the community, service agencies and organizations, YLA Delegate Alumni, Partners in Policymaking Alumni and other organizations., volunteers:
For more information on YLA, please contact:
VBPD Training Programs
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities / YLA
1100 Bank St, 7th Fl
Richmond, VA 23219
Have you given a presentation? Volunteered your time? Completed a goal from your personal leadership plan?
If you’re a Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) graduate, we want to hear from you. Accomplishments of all types are welcome, especially those involving community activities. The Board wants to highlight young leaders, and we know your participation in school and volunteer activities will inspire others.
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