Arizona Youth Leadership Forum


Arizona Youth Leadership Forum (AZYLF) for Students and Transitioning Young Adults Who Have Disabilities is an innovative, 6-day conference, for students and young adults who have disabilities, as they prepare for and experience transition to adulthood. Designed to foster personal growth through self-discovery, 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

This dynamic environment focuses on leadership development, career exploration, effective advocacy, and empowers through heightened awareness of disability history and culture. Although purposeful and relevant, the true value of AZYLF is not found in a workbook or in the words of an accomplished presenter, it is found in the climate of trust, mutual respect, and absolute acceptance, which allow youth to be themselves, to be heard, and to be changed. Learn more about AZYLF by visiting today! 

About AZYLF: 

The 2016 Arizona Youth Leadership Forum will be held on the Arizona State University Phoenix Campus from June 12-17, 2016. 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. The actual cost is approximately $1,200 per Delegate, which does not include the thousands of dollars for goods and services, which are provided in-kind 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: field trips, physical activity, 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.

Apply to AZYLF: 

Completed application packets must be received by Thursday, March 31, 2016. You are encouraged to start the application process early to ensure arrival of all materials by the due date.  Only 25 youth who have disabilities will be selected to attend!

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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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