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Missouri Youth Leadership Forum

Missouri youth leadership forum

The 20th Annual Missouri Youth Leadership Forum (MO-YLF) will be held July 16-20, 2024

What is the Missouri Youth Leadership Forum?

The Missouri Youth Leadership Forum is a FREE five-day, four-night leadership training and career awareness program for high school students with disabilities. It provides training in leadership, self-advocacy skills, and career awareness. The Youth Leadership Forum enables young adults who have a disability to learn from each other and from successful adults with disabilities who are recognized leaders and role models. Students learn more about their disability and others’ disabilities, analyze their strengths and weaknesses, and gain skills to become self-determined individuals. They also learn different leadership styles, the legislative process, disability laws, and much more! Students gain the power to reach their post-secondary goals in education, employment, and independent living. All the while having fun and making lifelong friends!

Delegate (Youth)
  • I have a disability, live in Missouri, and fall within the 16-21 year old range.
  • I am enrolled in high school or plan to graduate in 2024.
  • I show leadership potential and involvment in my school and community.
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Do you love motivating youth with disabilities and helping them to be their best self?
Then consider spending a week of your summer doing just that!

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Sponsorships & Donations

MO_YLF is funded solely from sponsorships and donations through state agencies, community sponsors, and in-kind donations.

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Missouri Youth Leadership Forum - Introductory Video (Voiceover version)

Missouri Youth Leadership Forum - Descriptive Video

Youth Video for Potential Applicants

Program Video for Professionals & Families