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Applicants Wanted for Weeklong Youth Leadership Program Next Summer

Press Release from Children's Association for Maximum Potential (C.A.M.P.)

The Children's Association for Maximum Potential (C.A.M.P.) is looking for future community leaders to participate in an exciting leadership training program _ the 2003 C.A.M.P. Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for students with disabilities. The YLF, which will be held at a Hill Country Conference Center in Center Point, Texas, is a fun, educational, vocational awareness program that enables young people to learn from each other and from successful adults with disabilities who are recognized leaders and role models. The leadership forum, which is being developed under a Council grant, is free for individuals who are selected to participate. Applications for the YLF are due April 1, 2003.

Modeled after a national youth leadership program that originated in California 12 years ago, the YLF will target 30 young people with disabilities from across Texas. Forum participants are selected by C.A.M.P. through an application and interview process and include applicants that want to be leaders in the community who have demonstrated academic success, community involvement, leadership potential, and an ability to interact effectively with other students.

The weeklong summer program for youth from across the state will be held Sunday - Friday, July 27 to August 1, 2003. During this forum, participants will develop a "personal leadership plan." This plan will help them identify and deal with barriers to personal and professional success. Participants will also collaborate with other young people who have leadership qualities, learn more about assistive technology, work on building self-esteem, and learn about the history of disability as a culture.

What will Happen at the Forum?

The forum will:

If you know a young person with disabilities who would benefit from this program, please encourage him/her to call for an application. For more information or to request an application, call Jennifer Murphy or Sandie Gonzalez at (210) 292-3566 or (210) 292-3574, or email at: jenniferm@c-a-m-p.org.

Financial Support for CAMP Youth Leadership is provided by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, with Federal funds made available by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

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