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Youth Leadership Academy (Virginia Board for People with Disabilities) Participation is limited and applications will only be accepted through March 16, 2018.


The Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) program seeks to empower young people with developmental and other disabilities to further develop their leadership skills. Students, serving as Delegates from communities throughout Virginia, participate in a wide range of activities and learning experiences during this summer program set on a university campus.

Delegates will learn directly from peer mentors and successful adult role models while they work on their own personal leadership plans, improve their communications skills, visit the state capitol, and have a chance to speak directly to state legislators and policymakers, and much more!

Best of all, all expenses are paid by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, including food and lodging!

Only 25 students will be selected through a highly-competitive application process, but those lucky students will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop themselves and make brand new lifelong friends!

The next Youth Leadership Academy will take place on the campus of Virginia State University from July 9-12, 2018.


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