17th Youth Leadership Forum

The 17th Youth Leadership Forum for High School Students with Disabilities is a unique, career leadership-training program for high school students (16-21) and those receiving transition services from their school districts. Students serve as delegates from their communities and are given the opportunity to cultivate their potential leadership, citizenship and social skills.

Delegates gain access to vital resources related to assistive technology, community support, and civil rights. Successful men and women with disabilities serve as role models in helping youth realize their ability, right, and obligation to pursue meaningful employment and contribute to society.

All costs, including housing, meals, interpreters, personal care assistants, transportation, meeting space, etc., are paid for through fundraising, state agencies and corporate donations. The YLF accepts students with varying disabilities, social-economic backgrounds and ethnicity from around the state.

July 22-28, 2017
Western Washington University
Bellingham, Washington

Learn More

For more information about the Youth Leadership Forum, email or call Debbie Himes, Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment: 360-902-9362.

Download the Youth Leadership Brochure 2017.



2017

  • About the Council

    The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council is a Federal-State partnership working to plan for and with people with developmental disabilities and their families.

  • Partnerships & Initiatives

  • What We're About

    Developmental Disabilities Council is a Federal-State partnership working to plan for and with people with developmental disabilities and their families.

    Join The Council

    If you are passionate about public policy, and dedicated to improving the lives of persons with I/DD in Washington State, we welcome your application.

    Access For Members

    Council meeting materials, agendas, and forms. You’ll find everything you need to prepare for the next meeting (or review the previous year) right here.