California Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)

Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities

YLF is a four day self-advocacy and leadership development program for students with disabilities who are juniors or seniors in high school. Students stay overnight in college dorms for the college experience. During the program, students learn about employment resources, additional educational opportunities, independence and assistive technology. Students also interact with other students their own age including alumni staff and have networking opportunities with other people with disabilities in various professions.

This year’s event will be held August 1-4, 2017 at California State University, Sacramento (pending funding availability).

Applications must be received by March 3, 2017.

Unlike previous years, one of the eligibility requirements for this year is to be a Department of Rehabilitation consumer before you become a delegate of YLF. If you are not a current consumer, more information is provided in the YLF Application Instructions document.

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For more information or to apply to attend YLF, select the instruction and application links below.

YLF Student Documents and Information

If you are interested in applying for the 2017 YLF, please read the instructions and complete the application below.

2017 YLF Application Instructions (Word)

2017 YLF Application (PDF)




Youth Leadership Forum Staff

YLF has several onsite staff positions available, with the priority given to YLF alumni. If you are interested in applying to serve as a volunteer, or paid onsite staff during YLF week, applications will be available in early Spring of 2017.

YLF Staff Documents and Information

The Staff Application will be released in early Spring of 2017. Please check back for more information.




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If you have any questions

Please call: (855) 894-3436
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