Youth Leadership Forum
Leadership Training for Students with Disabilities
The South Carolina Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for students with disabilities is an annual career leadership program for high school students who will be a junior or senior in the 2015-2016 school year or a 2015 high school graduate.
Students selected each summer to attend the YLF learn about disability history, community and academic resources, career options and resources that can help them face challenges that arise in becoming participating members of their communities. By serving as delegates, students enhance and grow their leadership, citizenship, and social skills. They take part in activities enabling them to network, learn from each other and build lasting friendships.
The YLF, along with High School/High Tech (HS/HT), is a program working to improve the participation of youth with disabilities in employment related activities. YLF focuses on building self-esteem, developing personal leadership skills and preparing young adults with disabilities for life beyond high school.
What happens at the YLF?
Youth with disabilities will share their experiences with each other and learn about various topics, including:
- What is leadership?
- Developing and reaching my career goals
- Life after high school
- Preparing for college or work
- Service projects
- Leading in the community and career through lunch with local businesses
Apply to the 2015 Youth Leadership Forum
Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2015 YLF
The 2015 SC Youth Leadership Forum will be held at Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina from July 8-10, 2015.
Approximately 35 delegates will be selected to attend the YLF. Selected delegates will be notified shortly. Additional information on the forum will be provided to selected delegates.
Selected delegates must fill out and return a confirmation form.
Be a Peer Mentor
Peer Mentor applications are no longer being accepted for the 2015 YLF
For more information, contact
803-896-6574 • Email us
The SC Youth Leadership Forum is implemented by state and local partners, including SCVRD, Continuum of Care, PRO-Parents, South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP), Wil Lou Gray, the Developmental Disabilities Council, SC Department of Mental Health and ABLE-SC.