News from Idaho SILC

   The Idaho Youth Leadership Forum is a career and civic leadership program for young adults with disabilities, ages 16-21. IDYLF provides young people, or delegates, the opportunity to learn full citizenship skills, including advocacy, leadership, community participation, and employability. Delegates represent communities from across Idaho and are chosen based on their application, interview, and letters of recommendation.
    This is a fun-filled, hands-on, six day event during which youth meet peers from around the state, learn valuable personal and professional skills, and get a feel for college life. You get to stay in the residential halls at Boise State University and participate in trainings and workshops on and off campus.
    You will leave equipped to implement leadership plans in your community. You will define your academic and career goals. Receive a work ethic and belief that work is not only a right, but also a social obligation to reach your full potential. You will build a resource development plan to attain continued or more complete independence through technology, community support, and peer mentoring.
    In addition to trainings, delegates spend a morning job shadowing in a profession of their choice. As part of the application process, delegates are asked to identify career goals. Then you are partnered with a local employer based on these goals. Job shadows have included movie editing, government, veterinary medicine, artistry, mechanics, and the culinary arts.  At the end of the week, you participate in a formal graduation ceremony before packing up and heading home.
    This program was developed in 1992 by the California Governor’s Committee for Employment of Persons with Disability. More than 35 states have implemented YLF’s in their state – including Idaho!

IDYLF Application:

For more information contact Jami Davis at 208-334-3800.