Governor's Youth Leadership Forum set for May 31-June 4 at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 26 May 2015

TROY - About 30 high school students with disabilities will take part in leadership activities and get lessons in how state government works as a part of the Alabama Governor's Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) at Troy University May 31-June 4.

The forum is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Alabama Department of Mental Health, the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities and Troy University.

"Witnessing the transformation these delegates undergo in a matter of days is such a positive experience," said Karen Jenkins, Alabama YLF coordinator.

This year's event will feature sessions on career exploration and technology available to assist people with disabilities as well as "Living on My Own," a panel discussion led by successful Alabamians with disabilities. Other sessions will look at self-advocacy, team-building and life goals.

Students will tour the state Capitol beginning at 9 a.m. on June 3, and attend a mentor luncheon at 12:30 p.m. at the RSA Activity Center in Montgomery.

A closing ceremony and graduation will be held June 4 at 12:45 p.m. in the Trojan Student Center on the Troy Campus.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jocelyn M. Seng

Participants in the 2014 Alabama Governor's Youth Leadership Forum view items at the event's Technology Expo. This year's Forum is scheduled from May 31-June 4 on the Troy Campus.