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Persons with Disabilities  
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Youth Leadership Forum

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The 2014 YLF is currently taking applications!

Check out the 2013 Alumni page!!!

Application Form 2014

YLF Application Form in PDF format
YLF Fact Sheet in PDF format

Deadline for postmark on mailed application:
March, 2014.

We are inviting Future Community Leaders to attend our annual Youth Leadership Forum for students with disabilities July 13 - July 18, 2014 at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.

Wanted: Future Community Leaders

YLF logoThe Division of Persons with Disabilities in partnership with the Department for the Blind and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services is sponsoring a leadership training program for students with disabilities. Approximately 30 juniors and seniors with disabilities will be selected. Students will be diverse in disability, gender, ethnicity, and geographical location.

What kind of students participate in the Youth Leadership Forum?

Young People Who Have Disabilities and Who...

  • Demonstrate Leadership Potential
  • Demonstrate Involvement/Interest in Extracurricular Activities (such as Sports, the Arts, or Music)
  • Demonstrate Community Involvement
  • Demonstrate the Ability to Interact Effectively with Other Students

What will happen at the forum?

  • Share information on choosing careers, history or disability culture, assistive technology for independence;
  • Identify existing barriers to personal and professional success and develop plans to deal with those barriers;
  • Develop a "Personal Leadership Plan";
  • Interact with others with similar Hopes and Dreams.


  • Young people with disabilities will become employed and self-sufficient;
  • Young people with disabilities will be knowledgeable about resources available to them to become successfule adults;
  • Young people with disabilities will be exposed to professionals with disabilities who are recognized leaders and role models.


Transportation cost to and from the forum may be waived in special circumstances. No other expenses.

  • Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities will pay for the following appropriate expenses:
    • lodging
    • food
    • accommodations for student delegates to attend including but not limited to: interpreters, alternative format materials, personal care attendants
    • scholarships based on need to defray travel expenses to the forum

Exciting, fun, educational five-day leadership training program includes: tour of the State Capitol, meeting with community leaders with disabilities, and hearing from speakers.

If you have questions please email: dhr.disabilities@iowa.gov
or call 888-219-0471.


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