YLF group

South Carolina Youth Leadership Forum

Helping young adults with disabilities become
leaders in their communities and shape their futures!

July 17 – July 20, 2017

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The SC Youth Leadership Forum is a unique 4 day, 3 night summer leadership experience that builds advocacy skills for young adults with disabilities. The YLF originated in California, starting in 1992. Since then, states all across the country host YLFs with membership requirements from the Association of Youth Leadership Forum (AYLF). At the forum, young adults will work together to learn how to reach their personal, educational, and career goals. They will take part in leadership activities with peers, mentors, lawmakers, and successful role models with disabilities. Unlike a “camp”, the SC YLF focuses on hands-on activities that develop leadership skills and promote disability pride.

The SC YLF is open to young adults with any type of disability who are juniors, seniors, or recent high school graduates. This event has a focus on supporting today’s young adults in their transition process.  This can include transitioning from high school to college, high school to work, moving out of parents home, or any other transition phase that may be taking place. The SC YLF is a fully accessible event and provides personal care attendants, certified nursing assistants, and interpreters upon request. Other accommodations can be requested for the duration of SC YLF as well. We encourage all young adults to participate fully while learning self-advocacy skills along the way!

To learn more about the SC Youth Leadership Forum, contact us at
ylf@able-sc.org, or at 803-779-5121.

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SC YLF is made possible by our partnering organizations: AccessAbility, Family Connection of SC, COMET Transit System, SC Assistive Technology Program, SC Developmental Disabilities Council, SC Commission for the Blind, SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department and Walton Options for Independent Living.