Each July since 2000, MYLF has provided a week long forum. Most years are 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!
In 2020, due to the pandemic, the Forum was hosted virtually. This year, we will again offer a virtual forum as well as tentatively offer a limited in-person forum. You may use the application below to apply for either forum. If the in-person forum is cancelled, applications will automatically transfer to the virtual forum.
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! Come join us for another great Forum!
We strongly encourage you to use the fillable PDF application before and submit your application electronically to to JKHermanson@ncils.org
This is an alternative to the in-person forums. The Digital minis are offered in two sessions each day over five days. In the morning sessions, students will build their leadership skills, create a map of their goals for high school and afterwards, develop their self advocacy skills, have fun participating in group team building activities and learn more about tools and programs that will help them reach their dreams . Then in the evening, we have a series of celebrity keynote speakers, singers, and comedians. The evening also provides time and place to connect with other youth across the state. The program is free and we provide all training materials and needed accommodations. We strongly encourage you to use the fillable PDF application before and submit your application electronically to to JKHermanson@ncils.org
Our condensed version of the July forum in a 1.5 day program that is brought to rural communities in Montana. This year we are offering 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 in the morning of the first day at the hotel, and picked up in the afternoon on the second day. This schedule of 10am on Day 1 to 2pm on Day 2 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.
MYLF STEP II is the next step in providing leadership training to alumni as you transition from high school into the workforce. This 5-day long program is offered once a year in Helena in June, and brings back alumni from the previous year’s MYLF Summer Forum and MYLF Mini’s.
During the week, students participate in two job shadows/mini internships. These shadows are tailored to your individual interests and future career goals. You have the opportunity to attend several workshops including job exploration, workplace skill building, financial integrity, self advocacy and more. You will also participate in a community service project. Finally (and the most fun), you get to see all your MYLF friends again!
Applications for Step 2 are due to be released December 1st, 2020.
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.
Above are links to for different application forms: one for students who wish to attend the Annual MYLF Summer Forum, one for students who wish to attend a Mini Forum and one for students that have completed either the summer forum OR a mini forum and wish to participate in MYLF Step II. 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.