YLF LogoKYEA is announcing that the delegate application deadline for the 2015 Kansas Youth Leadership Forum has been extended to February 2, 2015. This extension is being made in order to provide more youth with the opportunity to apply this year. So, do you know of a high school junior or senior with a disability who has leadership potential or interest? Then they still have time to apply for this year’s KSYLF!

The 2015 Kansas Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities will be held July 13-18, 2015 at Washburn University in Topeka. The KSYLF is an annual conference that is heading into its fifteenth year serving students with disabilities across the state. During the forum, delegates enjoy a week full of learning, fun, friends, and, most of all, a new sense of empowerment! They participate in a variety of sessions and activities, including large sessions with community speakers, small breakout sessions with their peers, as well as activities like a trip to the Capitol, mentor luncheon, recreation session, real life fair, barbecue, talent show, and a dance!

All students who are interested in attending the KSYLF must meet the following criteria:
• reside in Kansas
• have a disability as defined with the Americans With Disabilities Act
• be in the 11th or 12th grade as of December 31, 2014
• have demonstrated leadership potential or interest in school and the community

There will be no cost for students who are selected to attend. All lodging, food, and accommodations are paid for through KSYLF funds. Accommodations such as personal care attendants, sign language interpreters, large print or Braille materials, and other accommodations will be provided for those delegates who need them.

Students must fill out an application that will be reviewed through a competitive selection process. About 25 – 30 delegates will be selected to attend. The delegate application deadline has been extended to February 2, 2015.

Delegate applications, as well as other information, can be downloaded from our website at http://www.kyea.org/upcomingksylf. The application and fact sheet are also attached. More information can also be obtained by contacting me at 866-577-5932 toll free or carrieg@kyea.org.

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