Jefferson City-The Missouri Youth Leadership Forum announces the 10th annual statewide leadership forum for high school students, ages 16-21, with disabilities which will be held at the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. Since its inception, 154 youth with disabilities in Missouri have participated in the program. The prospective youth delegates are selected through a statewide competition and have demonstrated leadership potential. Qualified students can apply now for the 10th annual Missouri Youth Leadership Forum scheduled for July 22-25, 2012.
This year's forum has a pertinent partnership with Services for Independent Living in Columbia. Many of their staff provides leadership and staffing for the incoming youth delegates. Forum alumni will be returning to serve as mentors and team members by sharing their knowledge about leadership principles, disability experience and resource sharing, assistive technology, development and achievement of career goals, independent living, and developing advocacy skills.
The Governor's Council on Disability is currently accepting applications for this event. There are no tuition costs to attend the forum. The application is available online at www.mo.gov/disability/gcd/ylf.htm
Deadline for submitting the application is April 18, 2012.
To nominate a student from your local community, complete the application online or fax it to 573-526-4109 or mail it to Missouri Governor's Council on Disability, P.O. Box 1668, Jefferson City, MO 65102.
If you have any questions, please contact the Governor's Council on Disability at 1-800-877-8249.