COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
January 31, 2012
FROM: Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) seeks students from across Virginia to serve as delegates to its 2012 Youth Leadership Forum (YLF). The 2012 forum will be hosted at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond from July 23-27, 2012. Twenty-five Virginia high school students with disabilities will be selected to receive full scholarships to participate in this leadership development program.
Application materials, submission instructions, an informational flyer, and a link to a video on YouTube about the YLF can be downloaded at the VBPD Web site, www.vaboard.org. E-mail submission is strongly encouraged; however, applications can also be faxed or mailed. Please share this information with faculty and students. To be considered, students’ applications must be received by March 30, 2012.
The forum’s goals are to educate students with disabilities about the principles of leadership, to better prepare them for future career choices, and to build their self-confidence, advocacy, and public speaking skills. Rising high school juniors and seniors with a disability who want to become leaders in their schools and communities are strongly encouraged to apply for the honor of serving as a 2012 YLF delegate.
Through a competitive process, 25 students statewide will be selected to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia as Delegates at the Youth Leadership Forum. To be eligible to apply students must meet the following criteria:
YLF student delegates must demonstrate:
Completed applications and all required information must be received by close of business on March 30, 2012, at the Board’s office in order to be considered.
For more information or to obtain an application, contact Teri Barker-Morgan or Kara White at 1-800-846-4464 (toll-free, voice/TTY) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information and applications can be downloaded from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities Web site at www.vaboard.org.