Maryland Youth Leadership Forum Delegates build leadership skills and prepare for future employment, higher education, and independent living.
History of the Maryland Youth Leadership Forum
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 33 states. Maryland held its first Youth Leadership Forum (MD-YLF) in August 2000.
Maryland Youth Leadership Forum 2021
Wednesday, August 4 to Saturday, August 7, 2021
Virtual Event via Zoom
- Must be in their final two years of high school.
- Applicant accomplishments and leadership potential
- Academic achievement
- Community service
- Participation in school and community activities
- Disability diversity
- Ethnic and racial diversity
- Geographic representation
Applicants will be called to participate in a regional interview after submitting their application form.
Read stories from past YLF Delegates and Independence Now Consumers on their College Experience
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
At the start of services, Isaiah was a living in a nursing facility in Prince Georges County and was in the process of transiting to a Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) group home. Isaiah was only 23 at the time. He acquired his disability at age 14 from a traumatic brain injury that caused him to
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