Summer Workshops for Young Adults

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Two opportunities for young adults with disabilities coming up this summer: The Youth Leadership Forum and Youth Transition Workshop.

Youth Leadership Forum

July 22-27, 2018
Evergreen State College
Olympia, Washington

The 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.

Deadline to apply: June 8, 2018.

Learn More

For more information about the Youth Leadership Forum, contact:

Elaine Stefanowicz, Program Coordinator
Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment
(360) 902-9362

2018 Youth Leadership Brochure

Student Application (Fillable Word Document)

Counselor Application (Fillable Word Document)

Youth Transition Summer Workshop

August 5-10, 2018
University of Washington Campus
1315 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98122

This FREE Youth Transition Summer Workshop is for youth with all disabilities, ages 16-21*, who are planning to live independently someday and have career or educational goals. Youth who have or had a 504 plan or IEP are encouraged to apply.

The workshop focuses on preparing for college and/or employment, and developing independent living skills including self-advocacy, financial management, etc.  It’s a great opportunity for youth to get connected with community resources and meet other youth with disabilities who plan to live independently.

The individual who is interested in attending must be the one to call and request an application.  After receipt of their application, they will be contacted for an interview in June. Note: Parental permission required for students under age 18.

To apply, contact:

Lakewood office:
Korina Heard
(253) 582-1253 Ext 103

Marysville office:
Margaret Tangedahl
(360) 393-3890 Ext. 202

Youth Transition Brochure (PDF)


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