Central Ohio Regional
Youth Leadership Forum
The Center for Disability Empowerment (CDE) is pleased to have received a grant from the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities to create a Regional Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) in Central Ohio, focusing on Franklin, Delaware, Union and Licking counties. YLF began in California in 1992 to bring young people with different disabilities together and empower them to be leaders in their communities. The YLF curriculum/model has been replicated extensively nationwide, including in Ohio where a statewide version has taken place since 1999. Eight Regional Forums, each hosted by Centers for Independent Living throughout the state, will allow personal follow up with local youth participants after the event to continue to build on the leadership skills addressed during the Forum. CDE is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) agency which serves people with any disability of any age. We provide information and referral, independent living skills training, advocacy, peer support and transition services among other services.
The Central Ohio Regional Youth Leadership Forum will be held June 14-18, 2021 virtually via
Zoom. The forum is open for application to any 11 th or 12 th grade student with a disability in
Franklin, Delaware, Union or Licking counties. Applications must be fully completed and turned
in by April 16, 2021 for consideration. Applications may be sent in via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions can be directed to Jamie Lahrmer by phone at (614) 575-8055 or via email.