Youth Leadership Forum
The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is an overnight conference for youth and young adults with disabilities held annually in Massachusetts and other states across the country. YLF participants build leadership skills and leave better prepared for future employment, higher education, and independent living.
Over the course of the three-day conference, YLF participants stay in the college dorms at Bridgewater State University to experience life in a college setting. They also participate in both small and large group discussions and workshops on such topics as: self-advocacy, disability pride, assistive technology, independent living, employment skills, career exploration, higher education, legislative advocacy, the Disability Rights Movement, and community participation.
Young people with disabilities can apply to be a YLF Delegate or Peer Leader. We are committed to diversity and welcome applicants with diverse disabilities, identities, and backgrounds to apply. Below are the eligibility requirements:
| Youth Application
April 15th, 2017 - Youth application deadline
June (TBA) - Peer Leader training in Boston
July 10, 2017 - Peer Leader training in Bridgewater
July 11-13, 2017 - YLF held at Bridgewater State University
YLF is funded by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and is FREE for all selected Delegates and Peer Leaders.
Partners for Youth with Disabilities is proud to organize and host the 2017 Youth Leadership Forum, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and numerous organizations across the state:
Boston Center for Independent Living
Boston Public Schools
Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled (CORD)
Center for Living and Working
Easter Seals Massachusetts
Federation for Children with Special Needs
Holyoke Community College
Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI)
Institute for Human Centered Design
Mass Advocates Standing Strong (MASS)
Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC)
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities
Metro West Center for Independent Living
Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps
Southeast Independent Living Center
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