(Bel Air, MD – January 30, 2009) – – The Maryland Youth Leadership Forum will be held at Bowie State University from Monday, July 27 through Friday, July 31, 2009. The event is sponsored annually for young people with disabilities to develop leadership, independence, and to work on personal and career goals.
Approximately 30 high school students with disabilities from across the state of Maryland, who are entering one of their final two years of high school in September 2009, will be selected to attend the forum through a competitive process. Delegates will spend four days at Bowie State meeting with Maryland leaders with and without disabilities, participating in a legislative activity, building skills for the future, and making new friends. There is no charge to the selected student delegates.
According to Helene Dubay, Chair, Commission on Disabilities Education Committee, “the Youth Leadership Forum is a wonderful opportunity for young people with disabilities to experience college campus life, to learn about the disability rights movement, and how they can make a difference in their community.” She added, “We also want to make sure that young people from Harford County are represented at the Forum this summer, so we are encouraging them to take part in this unique experience.”
Applications to attend the Youth Leadership Forum are available online at http://www.md-ylf.org/apply.php and must be postmarked by April 15, 2009. For more information and an application packet, contact Disabilities Coordinator, Sharon Grzanka at 410-638-3373 voice/TTY or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Harford County Commission on Disabilities was established in 1995 to serve as the voice of the disability community in Harford County. Members are appointed by the County Executive, with the approval of the County Council.
The Harford County Department of Community Services was established in 1979 via Executive Order and works daily to meet the needs of our seniors, youth, persons with disabilities and those struggling to overcome addiction. The Department works with federal, state, local and private agencies to ensure our county continues to evolve and remains dedicated to providing the best possible services for our citizens and community.