Youth Leadership Forum

The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a 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 multi-day conference, YLF participants engage in both small and large group discussions and workshops on topics such as: self-advocacy, disability pride, assistive technology, independent living, employment skills, career exploration, higher education, legislative advocacy, the Disability Rights Movement, and community participation.

We are proud to organize and host the 2022 Massachusetts YLF in partnership with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, Denny’s, and numerous collaborators across the state.

Like last year, YLF 2022 will take place online in order to keep our staff and participants safe due to the COVID-19 health crisis. It will take place from June 25th to June 30th with weekday sessions in the afternoons and evenings.

Young people with disabilities can apply to be a YLF Delegate or Peer Leader. Below are the eligibility requirements:

Peer Leaders

Peer Leaders are young adults with a disability between the ages of 18-25 who are currently out of high school and are working and/or taking college classes. Peer Leaders are responsible to help plan YLF activities and mentor Delegates.

If selected, Peer Leaders must commit to extra training before the Youth Leadership Forum (more details TBA). Peer Leaders receive a small stipend for their work.

Delegates

Delegates are youth with a disability who are between the ages of 16-22, and are either in their last two years of high school or are attending a transition program. Delegates must want to develop self-advocacy and leadership skills, begin to plan career goals, and build a network of supports and friends.

Large group of YLF youth from 2019 with blue shirts on

Program Contacts

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Kristin Humphrey

Mentoring Director & NDMC Program Manager

Phone: 617-556-4075 x121

Email: khumphrey@pyd.org

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Carl Sidney

Youth Leadership Program Manager

Phone: 617-556-4075 x138

Email: csidney@pyd.org