Principals' Memo No. 1002-14

Department of Education

February 18, 2014

TO:  Principals

FROM:  H. Douglas Cox, Acting 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 2014 Youth Leadership Forum (YLF).

The 2014 forum will be hosted at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond from July 28 to August 1, 2014.  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. on March 31, 2014.

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 2014 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 31, 2014, 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