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 2022
Thursday, June 23rd to Saturday, June 25th, 2022
Open to Maryland residents with ANY type of disability in their last two years of high school or graduating in the spring of 2022.
- 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
Annie Tulkin, Founder and Director of Accessible College, talks about resources for students with disabilities who are transitioning to a college setting.
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.
“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.”
During MDYLF youth learn the history of the Disability Movement and lesser-known facts about people with disabilities in history.