The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) program seeks to empower young people with developmental and other disabilities to further develop their leadership skills. Students, serving as Delegates from communities throughout Virginia, participate in a wide range of activities and learning experiences during this summer program set on a university campus. Click on any section below to expand more information, links and forms.
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The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) seeks students from across Virginia to serve as Delegates to its Youth Leadership Forum (YLF). Rising high school juniors and seniors with a developmental or other disability who want to become leaders in their schools and communities are strongly encouraged to apply for the honor of serving as a YLF delegate.
Student delegates demonstrate:
The YLF 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 YLF, contact Kara White at Kara.White@vbpd.virginia.gov or 800-846-4464.
The YLF 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, YLF recruits rising high school juniors and seniors with disabilities who have demonstrated leadership potential and motivation.
To be eligible for YLF, the student must:
The VBPD uses the definition below to determine eligibility:
For more information on YLF, please contact:
Kara White, Training Programs Assistant
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities / YLF
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 Forum (YLF) 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.
Submit brief details on our form, or share photos, videos (under 3 min.), or documents to training@VBPD.virginia.gov
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