Principals' Memo #1007-13

Department of Education

February 12, 2013

TO:  Principals

FROM:  Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT:  Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities

The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) seeks students from across Virginia to serve as delegates to its 2013 Youth Leadership Forum (YLF).

The 2013 forum will be hosted at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond from July 29 to August 2, 2013.  Twenty-five Virginia high school students with disabilities will be selected through a competitive process 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,   E-mail submission is strongly encouraged; however applications may be faxed or mailed.

Fax:  804-786-1118
Mailing Address:
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities/YLF
1100 Bank Street 7th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

Please share this information with faculty and students.  To be considered, students’ applications must be received by 5 p.m. March 29, 2013.

Selected students will participate in leadership training activities, explore career and life goals, network, develop informational resources, and explore the latest assistive technology. 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 2013 YLF delegate.  

Twenty-five students statewide will be selected to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia as delegates at the Youth Leadership Forum. To be eligible, 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 29, 2013, at the Virginia 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  

Information and applications can also be downloaded from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities Web site at