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WHAT IS YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (YLA)?

YLA is an intro to learning leadership skills for youth with disabilities. The training consists of five 2-hour sessions. All sessions will be held virtually and are FREE to all participants.

YLA is provided by Access 2 Independence, ASK Resource Center, Iowa Department of Human Rights, Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, and UI Health Care Center for Disabilities and Development.

WHAT WILL STUDENTS LEARN?

The five themes include leadership, goal-setting, self-determination, civic engagement, plus networking, and mentoring. All sessions will be interactive.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND?

There are two statewide training sessions during the week—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. YLA is for students ages 14–21. Each session will consist of 8–12 students from Iowa communities. After the interview process, After the interview process, selected students will be assigned to the AM or PM session. (Attempts will be made to honor specific requests.)

WHEN WILL YLA TAKE PLACE?

Trainings: Monday, July 25–Friday, July 29

Morning Session: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Graduation Ceremony: Friday, August 5

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YLA? ATTEND AN OPEN HOUSE! 

To register, click on the date and time above that works best for you. 

Virtual Open House Dates: 

Wednesday, May 25 | 4:00–4:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, May 25 | 5:30–6:00 p.m. 

Thursday, June 2 | 11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 

 

QUESTIONS? 

Contact Bill Kallestad 

P (515) 288-0443 

E bkalles@dhs.state.ia.us

 

Apply to Attend YLA today!

2021 Youth Leadership Academy Graduation Video

Congratulations to the 2021 YLA graduates! In this video, you can get an idea of what to expect during the academy and meet the individuals who completed the most recent training.

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