Maryland Youth Leadership Forum Delegates build leadership skills and prepare for future employment, higher education, and independent living.
History of Maryland Youth Leadership Forum (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 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
With learning disabilities, we always hear the statistics, and not always the stories. One of our consumers, Fatima M. shared some of her thoughts on having a learning disability in a school setting.
“I am still deciding what I want to do after I graduate, but some causes that interest me include reducing food waste, protecting the Chesapeake Bay, and advocating for more accessible housing spaces.”