Youth Leadership Forum

AZYLF is an innovative, 6-day conference, designed to foster personal growth for students and young adults who have disabilities, as they prepare for and progress through transition to adulthood. AZYLF believes leadership is a personal journey, and begins with maximizing leadership roles and responsibilities in your own life. AZYLF provides experiential learning opportunities to assist each individual as they identify and embrace their strengths and gifts, in conjunction with planning for their future.


AZYLF is intended to serve youth who have a variety of disabilities and diversities. Therefore, Arizona youth who will have completed at least one year of high school by June, those who have recently graduated, or those who are young adults in transition, are encouraged to apply and will receive selection consideration.

AZYLF is a collaborative effort between Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council, AZYLF Alumni Association, Diverse Ability Incorporated, and other invested partner organizations.


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.

AZYLF 2017

Arizona Youth Leadership Forum (AZYLF) for Students and Transitioning Young Adults Who Have Disabilities is excited to announce that our dates have been secured for AZYLF 2017!

We will once again hold AZYLF at the Arizona State University Phoenix Campus, June 18-23, 2017! We are grateful to the ASU College of Public Service and Community Solutions for continuing to serve as our Campus Sponsor, and look forward to collaborating with our good friends at Taylor Place Residence Hall to make AZYLF an amazing experience for all!

AZYLF invests in our most precious resource, the youth who will transform our tomorrows.

Interested in Learning More? Visit the AZYLF Website!

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The mission of AZSILC is to promote the equality, inclusion, and choice for people with disabilities through collaboration and public policy change.

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