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What is the YLF?



What is YLF?

YLF is an intense educational and motivational week held every summer on a university campus. Student will work in small and large groups, create their own personal leadership plans and work to identify resources that  can help them achieve their goals. The MOST FUN EVER activities are included as part of the goal to teach you about leading a well-rounded life.

Our Speakers address topics such as disability rights laws, innovations in technology, community resources, legislative processes, and much more!  Delegates meet state and national leaders and will spend time at the state capitol meeting government officials.


YLF is only for students with disabilities! 

It is critical students with disabilities identify themselves with pride, as individuals and as members of their community. YLF offers students with common experiences the opportunity to learn from each other in a framework of history and an atmosphere of encouragement.


How Are YLF delegates selected?

10th, 11th, and 12th grade students with disabilities are chosen through a statewide competition that looks for students who have leadership potential. Students must submit an application form.  This includes an essay and letters of recommendation. Selection committee members will review all applications, arrange a phone interview with each applicant and choose the delegates as well as alternates. Essays may be in audio or video format. 

Delegates selected are representative of Oklahoma in terms of geography, gender, economic status, ethnicity, and types of disabilities.


Is There a Cost for Delegates to Attend?

All costs are paid by the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council.  Transportation costs can be reimbursed if needed.

The Oklahoma Youth Leadership Forum enables youth with disabilities to grow personally, socially and academically, and to fulfill their potential in their work and lives. No student should be denied this opportunity.