Three YLF Participants posing and smiling for the camera.

South Carolina Youth Leadership Forum

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

July 19 – July 22, 2018

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YLF Participant, Julia Hartman smiling and talking with other YLF participants outside the dorms.

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). The SC YLF is open to young adults with any type of disability. The SC YLF focuses on hands-on activities that develop leadership skills and promote disability pride. The goal of the forum is to help young adults become strong leaders and advocates. SC YLF is coordinated by Able South Carolina and partnering organizations and funded by the South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council.

The deadline to apply for the SC Youth Leadership Forum is Friday, April 13.

Am I Eligible to attend the SC YLF?

The SC YLF is open to anyone that is 15-23 years old, has a disability, shows leadership potential in school or their community, and lives in South Carolina.

Who will be there? The group at the SC YLF will represent the best of the young adult leaders with disabilities in the state.  You’ll meet new people and maybe even see some you already know! Both delegates and peer staff show up ready to learn. You will hear an amazing selection of speakers share their experiences growing up with disabilities, participate in a variety of activities designed to build your skills and stretch and expand your leadership potential.

What’s a delegate? A delegate is a representative chosen to attend the SC YLF because of their leadership ability. A delegate shows leadership skills in their community and is motivated to work with their peers to carry out new ideas. Selected applicants join a group of 25 delegates for a unique leadership experience at USC Aiken.

What’s a peer staff? Peer Staff members act as just that- staff! Peer staff are alumni from previous SC YLF years that showed strong leadership skills and a desire to pass on what they learned.  They will work with delegates and professional staff throughout the day, planning and leading various activities.  The SC YLF is a learning experience for everyone, but staff get to work behind the scenes!

Attended YLF in the past? Consider applying as staff this year!

To learn more about the SC Youth Leadership Forum, contact us at, 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.