Youth Leadership Forum

Ohio Regional Youth Leadership Forums. Athens Canton Cleveland Columbus Dayton Toledo.

Are You a High School Junior or Senior with a Disability Interested in Self-Advocacy & Leadership Development?

Ohio Regional Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a week-long career leadership training program, held during the summer, for 11th and 12th grade high school students with disabilities.  There are 6 in-person forums throughout the state, and 1 virtual forum.

Participation in YLF can prepare you to become one of Ohio’s future leaders by improving your leadership, citizenship, and social skills.

At YLF you will:
•Learn about choosing a career
•Learn about available resources and assistive technology
•Identify existing barriers to personal and professionalsuccess and develop plans to overcome those barriers
•Interact with professionals with disabilities who serve asmentors and role models
•Develop a personal leadership plan, which includes specificaction steps to follow when you return to your community
•Gain the power to reach your goals in education,employment, and community leadership
•Develop a social network with your peers

Ohio Regional Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) Locations

June 5th-9th
Westerville Community Center
Center for Disability Empowerment
Site Coordinator: Zoe Wenk
OOD Liaison: Kathy Gillespie

June 12th-16th
Miami Valley Housing Opportunity Center
The Access Center Center for Independent Living Options
Site Coordinator: Tonya Banther
OOD Liaison: Sonya Hill

June 5th-9th
Ohio University
Southeastern Ohio Center for Independent Living
Site Coordinator: Scott Campbell
OOD Liaison: Josh Hilliard

Virtual Statewide
June 19th-23rd
Services for Independent Living
Site Coordinator: Shannon Monyak
OOD Liaison: Natalie Salay

June 5th-8th
Stark State College Applied Technology Center
Tri-County Independent Living Center
Site Coordinator: John Ballard
OOD Liaison: Cynthia Dyer

June 20th-23rd
Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential
Site Coordinator: Cheryl Gorham
OOD Liaison: Natalie Salay

June 27th-30th
Bowling Green State University
The Ability Center of Greater Toledo
Site Coordinator: Jennie Geiman
OOD Liaison: Rachel Erford

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Or contact Christina Carpenter at or at 614-809-1513.