Delegate applications are due by July 13, 2022.

Staff applications are due by July 11, 2022.

 This year’s Youth Leadership Forum will be held August 1-5, 2022 at Colorado State University

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The Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council will be facilitating a 5-day Youth Leadership Forum on August 1-5, 2022. Applications for delegates (youth age 1426), staff, and volunteers are in a link below.

The Colorado Youth Leadership Forum (CO-YLF) is an innovative conference for Colorado high school juniors, seniors, and young adults under 26 with disabilities as they prepare for and experience transition to adulthood.   

Students serve as delegates from their communities and are given the opportunity to cultivate their potential leadership, citizenship, and social skills. Designed to foster personal growth through self-discovery, the CO-YLF provides dynamic, experiential learning opportunities to assist each individual as they identify and embrace their strengths while planning for their future. 

Successful adults with disabilities serve as role models in helping youth realize their ability, right, and obligation to pursue meaningful employment and contribute to society. 

We are looking for 25–30 students/young adults and 20–25 staff/volunteers to participate and are reaching out to organizations throughout Colorado for assistance with our recruitment efforts. Please review the attached recruitment materials (Flyer, Fast Facts, Delegate Letter, and Staff Letter), display them at your organization, and share broadly with your network!

If you are interested in being a YOUTH DELEGATE this year, fill in the delegate application here.

If you are interested in being a STAFF/VOLUNTEER this year, fill in the staff application here.

You can also download the applications at these links:

DELEGATE application 2022 (docx)

2022 YLF staff application (pdf)