Missouri Youth Leadership Forum
The 13th Annual Missouri Youth Leadership Forum will be held July 26-30, 2015
The 2015 delegates have been selected. The application for the 2016 Missouri Youth Leadership Forum will be posted this fall. If you are interested in applying to the program for 2016, please check back for the online application.
The Missouri Youth Leadership Forum is a unique career leadership-training program for high school students with disabilities, ages 16 – 21. Youth delegates are selected from their local communities to cultivate leadership, citizenship, social, and career development skills at this summer program.
What are the goals of the Missouri Youth Leadership Forum?
- Develop leadership skills to ensure that all youth with disabilities will realize their full potential
- Develop career strategies that increase the youth’s potential for employment
- Promote inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society
- Participate in policymaking or practices that affect youth people with disabilities
Why is the Missouri Youth Leadership Forum only for students with disabilities?
It is important for students with disabilities to meet other students who share similar experiences. Through the course of four days, students build pride and self-esteem and learn from each other. Youth begin building a supportive community.
The key success to the Missouri Youth Leadership Forum is leadership by example. As part of the program, students meet successful adults with disabilities who share similar challenges. This framework provides an atmosphere of encouragement which helps youth realize their ability to pursue meaningful employment and become contributing members of society.
How are students selected?
Youth are selected through a statewide competitive process that seeks students with disabilities who have leadership potential. Each applicant submits a standard application, resume and three reference forms.
The student delegates will represent a cross section of Missouri in terms of geography, gender, economic status, ethnicity and different types of disabilities.
What is the agenda?
- Learning and applying leadership principles
- Understanding the disability experience and sharing resources
- Assistive technology
- Building independent living skills and setting career goals
- Developing advocacy skills
What is the cost?
The Missouri Youth Leadership Forum is available to student delegates at NO COST. If you would like to help defray the cost of this program, please make your tax-deductible donation payable to the MO-YLF dba Paraquad and mail to:
Attn: Leah Argenziano
5240 Oakland Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
How do I apply?
Download the application and mail, fax or email to:
Governor's Council on Disability
Missouri Youth Leadership Forum
P.O. Box 1668
Jefferson City, Missouri 65201-1668
The 2016 online application will be available this fall.
Who serves as staff at the Forum?
In addition to staff from the Governor's Council on Disability and our partnering agencies, qualified volunteers are needed to staff the Forum. If you are interested in participating as a Facilitator, Team Member, Community Volunteer, Personal Care Assistant, Dorm Parent, or Mentor, please complete the application below.
Who Hosts the Missouri Youth Leadership Forum?
The Missouri Youth Leadership Forum is hosted by the Governor's Council on Disability and Paraquad.
The following documents provide an educational tool for recruiting youth delegates to attend the annual Missouri Youth Leadership Forum for students with disabilities, to be held July 26-30, 2015 at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Slide Shows from previous Missouri Youth Leadership Forums