Learn About One of Our Partners: Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum

WiYLFWhat is Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum?


Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum (WI YLF) is a week-long leadership training experience for high school students with disabilities. Students are selected as delegates based on leadership skills and involvement in their school and community.  Student delegates attend large-group sessions throughout the week and are given resources and support in areas such as self-advocacy, college and careers, accommodations, and disability-related legislation.  The students are also placed in small groups where they get to know other students and staff on a deeper level.  In past years, the students were given the opportunity to tour the state capitol, meet their legislators, and spend a few hours on State Street.  The delegates are also invited to take part in a dance, talent show, and finally a mentor picnic where each student is paired with an adult or staff member with the same disability or similar career interest in order to foster a positive mentoring relationship.


Our mission: To provide a one-week long summer educational opportunity specifically designed to teach leadership and advocacy skills to a select group of high school students with disabilities. Applicants for our program will have already demonstrated leadership potential and want to attend in order to further develop their confidence, skills and knowledge in order to become more effective leaders and advocates in their schools and communities and to better and more effectively promote the various causes and needs of disabled persons.


For Student/Staff Applications or general questions about the YLF Program,

Please send inquiry to:

Cassandra Lokker

YLF Team Leader

E-mail: wisconsinylf@gmail.com


For donations or funding questions,

Please send Inquiry to:

Joe Mielczarek

5203 N 39th Ave

Wausau, WI54401

Cell Phone: (715) 573-2671

Home Phone: (715) 675-4771

E-mail: empowerment711@gmail.com


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