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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!

Missouri Youth Leadership Forum is hosted by the Governor's Council on Disability in partnership with MOCIL, MU Pre-ETS, Paraquad, and Vocational Rehabilitation.

Delegate (Youth)
  • I have a disability, live in Missouri, and am between the ages of 16 and 21.
  • 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

The Missouri Youth Leadership Forum relies on sponsorships and donations from state agencies, community sponsors, and in-kind donations as its sole source of funding. For additional details on how you can contribute, kindly click the link below.

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Missouri Youth Leadership Forum - Introductory Video

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Youth Video for Potential Youth Leadership Applicants

Program Video for Professionals & Families