The 2017 Arizona Youth Leadership Forum will be held on the Arizona State University Phoenix Campus from June 18-23, 2017. Approximately 25 youth from across Arizona will be selected through a competitive application process. The conference successfully integrates youth who represent the diversity of disability and culture in Arizona.
AZYLF is absolutely free for the youth, referred to as Delegates, who are selected. Actual costs are calculated at $1200 per Delegate, which does not include in-kind goods and services donated by volunteers and supporters.
While attending AZYLF, Delegates complete a personal discovery curriculum designed to raise self-awareness and lead to goal setting in the areas of personal development, disability awareness, leadership, and career planning.
Delegates are assigned to Teams for completion of self-discovery activities with consistent Staff throughout, who assist and ensure that support, encouragement, and accommodations are provided during development of each Personal Leadership Plan. This plan includes specific action items identified by the Delegate as important for them to address upon return to their communities. Additionally, Delegates are assigned a Mentor for on-going support for one year following graduation from AZYLF.
Presentations by community leaders, advocates, legislators, and numerous other professional role models who have disabilities, are in integral component of AZYLF. Each presentation highlights an area of impact for youth as they transition to adulthood. AZYLF also provides opportunities, such as: community activities, service, a tour of the State Capitol, and a Graduation Ceremony and dance.
Peer relationships, improved self-confidence, positive perspective of disability, personal direction, and future aspirations are all outcomes for Delegates who approach the process with an open mind and heart. AZYLF provides a dynamic, comfortable, and confidential environment for youth to learn, grow, and teach others.
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So what are you waiting for? Go to the application page now…