Each July, for the past 18 years, MYLF has provided a week long forum at Carroll College. For 5 days our student delegates and staff members work together to build leadership skills, self advocacy techniques, map out short term and long term goals for their future, and have fun! Lots of Fun!
This is a wonderful experience for families and their students to get to experience a bit of independence and parents get to see their child flourish and mature.
Five days allow for serious introspection, self awareness, and continuing their journey into adulthood!
Our condensed version of the July forum in a 1.5 day program that is brought to rural communities in Montana. This year we hosted four mini programs across the state.
Students will build their leadership skills, create a map of their goals for high school and after wards, develop their self advocacy skills, have fun participating in group games, and staying in a hotel for the night!
Both of our programs are free for students with disabilities in high school. Our goal with the Mini forums is to bring our awesome program to communities that would otherwise would not be able to participate in the July forum in Helena.
Students are dropped off Thursday mornings at the hotel, and picked up Friday in the late afternoon. This schedule of 10am Thursday to 3pm Friday gives us condensed time to achieve our goals. The overnight experience is so beneficial to building independence and self-confidence for both the student delegate and their families.
The delegates are chosen through a statewide competition that seeks students with disabilities who have leadership potential. Each applicant submits a standard form, an essay, and letter of recommendation. The group that is selected is representative of the state in terms of geographic, gender, economic status, ethnicity, and types of disabilities.
Below are links to for different application forms: one for students who wish to attend July MYLF Forum and one for students who wish to attend a Mini Forum. The forms are in the Adobe Acrobat PDF format so they can be printed. After you click on a link, press CTRL-P to print the form. If you do not have the freely-available Adobe Acrobat Reader, please visit Adobe’s web site. Adobe also has information about PDF accessibility for people with visual disabilities.
If you have any questions about the forms, please call us any time at (406) 442-2576.
The 2018 conference will be held July 16-20 2018 at Carroll College in Helena Montana.