Youth Leadership Forum: About

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We extend our most sincere thanks to all of our sponsors, volunteers, alumni and staff who helped make the 2014 Youth Leadership Forum a success.

A special thank you to:

The Maryland State Department of  Education

The Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services

Maryland Department of Disabilities

The A. D. A. Information Center for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

Trader Joes

MD Technology Assistance Program


Towson University

Montgomery College, Takoma Park




The application process is now closed.

CLICK HERE to view the 2014 YLF application


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Facts About the MD-YLF...


The Youth Leadership Forum was initiated in 1992 by the California Governor's Committee on the Employment of Disabled Persons. This popular program spread across the country and is now conducted annually in more than 30 states. Maryland conducted it's first Youth Leadership Forum (MD-YLF) in August 2000.

Who attends the MD-YLF?

The Forum is for students with disabilities entering their final two years of high school. Selection to the attend the Forum is based on the following criteria:

  • applicant accomplishments and leadership potential
  • academic achievement
  • community service
  • participation in school and community activities
  • disability diversity
  • ethnic and racial diversity
  • geographic representation

What are the Purposes of the MD-YLF?

  • provide an opportunity, unlike any currently existing in Maryland, for young people with disabilities to attend an intensive forum emphasizing leadership, independence & personal and career goal setting.
  • encourage youth to pursue their academic and career goals by exposing them to successful role models, i.e., adults with disabilities who have a variety of achievements.
  • give youth the knowledge of resources that can help enable them to develop and achieve their goals.
  • teach youth with disabilities about the cultural history of their predecessors with disabilities, including the long struggle for Civil Rights, which resulted in legislation such as The Americans with Disabilities Act.

Have more questions? Check out the YLF FAQ, or feel free to contact us.




[1] This program is funded by the Maryland State Department of Education through Grant #301265 from Assistance to States for Education of Students with Disabilities, IDEA, Part B-State grant 84-207.

[2] This training is funded in part by the ADA Information Center for the Mid-Atlantic Region, one of 10 regional centers funded by the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research(NIDZRR), US Department of Education, Grant #H133D60006

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