It is with great joy that we present this award in Deborah Jackson’s honor and memory to Montel Medley who carries on her commitment to an independent life.
Montel went from Maryland Youth Leadership Forum Delegate to College Graduate! He says he’s made a lot of friends along the way.
“By meeting other students with a variety of disabilities, each delegate comes to realize that they are not alone in this world. It is amazing the positive transformation that students undergo within a short time period.”
We’re counting down the top 5 ways in which youth ages 16-30 can engage with Independence Now!
MDYLF is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for students with disabilities in their final years of high school who attend a four-day event with training on leadership, disability history and culture, advocacy, and careers.
During MDYLF youth learn the history of the Disability Movement and lesser-known facts about people with disabilities in history.
The 2021 Maryland Youth Leadership Forum will take place via Zoom from August 4th thru 7th. The deadline to apply is March 21, 2021.
Maryland Youth Leadership Forum alumnus Noah, Class of 2020, shared his thoughts on his experience with Independence Now. “I learned how to write a poem. Maryland Youth Leadership Forum impacted me by showing me how to live independently and showing that I am a leader for my rights. My experience with the Youth Leadership Forum[…]
Kayla, a Maryland Youth Leadership Forum alumna and current PolySci major, discusses the importance of helping and supporting others – particularly in the context of Black Lives Matter.