California Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)


The 2019 YLF Student Application is now available and the deadline to apply is extended to January 6, 2019.

YLF is a self-advocacy and leadership development program for students with disabilities who are sophomores and juniors in high school. The 2019 YLF is tentatively scheduled for July 15-19 at the California State University, Sacramento (pending funding availability).

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. This video shows the activities of the week.

2017 YLF Group Photo at Capitol

Students also interact with other students their own age including alumni staff and learn from other people with disabilities living independently and working in various careers.

The successful California program began in 1992 and has been replicated as a model across the country by 30 states.

YLF BBQ 2017

Testimonies of 2017 YLF delegates:

  • “I appreciated meeting other people with disabilities who don’t let their disabilities keep them from following their dreams and achieving their goals.”

  • “No one judged anyone, people helped each other, and everyone was comfortable to be themselves.”

  • “The most fun filled four days I’ve ever had!”