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Why send a student to YLF?

One of the goals of the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council is to increase the number of people with developmental disabilities who reach their educational goals.

Since 2004, the Council has funded an annual leadership development program for Oklahoma high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with disabilities. This week-long forum on a college campus focuses on leadership, assistive technology, independent living, higher education, career development options and the Oklahoma legislative process.

Youth Leadership Forum Applications & Brochure

The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) wants to help you lead for you. At YLF, you will spend a week on a college campus to explore your career options, improve your leadership skills, meet with state legislators, and create a leadership plan to reach your good life !

Would you like to apply to become a Delegate, or as a Staff/Alumni? Find our brochure and application below.

To apply to YLF you must be an Oklahoma high school sophomore, junior or senior who has a disability. Preference goes to students who have shown leadership potential in their school or town. You will be selected through an application process that includes an essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview. Don’t worry. We can help you complete these!

Graduates of YLF are encouraged to return for the following year as alumni leaders.

YLF Delegate Application (word)

YLF Delegate Application (pdf)

YLF Staff/Alumni Application (pdf)

Download the application and mail, fax or email it to Jenifer using the contact information below:

Mailing address:
Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council
Attn.: Jenifer Randle
2401 NW 23rd St, Ste 74
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Email: ylf@okddc.ok.gov
Phone: (405) 521-4964
Fax: (405) 521-4910

* If you are experiencing problems downloading / opening the application, right-click and save the file to your desktop. Next, open the file on your desktop, not from your web browser. Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. (The Preview pdf-reader by Apple will not work.)

* Are you still experiencing problems? try downloading the application in word-format or email (ylf@okddc.ok.gov) / call us (405-521-4984) and we will email/mail/fax an application to you.


Additional information:

Youth Leadership Forum Video 

Watch these short videos from YLF graduates. It shows the YLF delegates participating in activities and commenting on how valuable the forum has been for them.

2004 Youth Leadership Forum

2012 Youth Leadership Forum

2013 YLF Video from DHS News

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Contact DDCO
2401 NW 23rd St, Ste. 74
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Fax: 405-521-4910
Email: staff@okddc.ok.gov

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