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 2023
Monday, June 26 to Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Open to Maryland residents with ANY type of disability in their last two years of high school or graduating in the spring of 2023.
- 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.
Download info on the 2023 Maryland Youth Leadership Forum
Download application and return to:
YLF, c/o Independence Now, Inc.
12301 Old Columbia Pike, Suite 101
Silver Spring, MD 20904
If you would like to receive email updates about YLF, contact Danielle Bustos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-898-2189.
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This project was supported, in part by grant number CFDA 93.630, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.