Arizona Youth Leadership Forum – for students with disabilities – INVITATION TO APPLY!

| April 30, 2014

Please help spread the word to anyone who works with high school youth!

Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council (AZSILC) and Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration (AZRSA) are very excited to be coordinating the Arizona Youth Leadership Forum, with the help of more than a dozen partner organizations throughout Arizona!
AZYLF is an innovative, intensive five-day training program for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have disabilities. The program is based on the extremely successful California Youth Leadership Forum model developed in 1992, and subsequently implemented by 27 states. AZYLF will bring together youth who have disabilities who demonstrate potential leadership qualities for the purpose of skill development in regard to independence, leadership, responsibility, and positive outcomes. The program includes structured small and large group activities, field trips, a dance, a formal banquet, and a tour of the State Capitol. AZYLF will provide educational programs on topics such as: positive self-concept, options after high school, the history of disability as a culture, and leadership responsibilities. Staff and presenters who engage with the Student Delegates include disability community leaders, legislators, and numerous other role models who have disabilities. Student Delegates are assisted in developing a Personal Leadership Plan which includes specific action items when they return to their communities. Following completion of AZYLF, Student Delegates will serve as a youth voice to inform the Arizona State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL), and will be assigned a mentor for on-going support for one year.
Please distribute this APPLICATION far and wide, as we seek to reach students throughout the great state of Arizona for this transformative opportunity!
Feel free to contact Melissa with any questions:
Melissa Ann Santora
Director of Administration
Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council
5025 E Washington St, Ste 214
Phoenix AZ 85034
(602)262-2900 (Voice/TTY)
(602)271-4100 (Fax)

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