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The 9th summer for the Oklahoma Youth Leadership Forum is just around the corner! Things are moving fast in the office as we make arrangements with the University in Chickasha (USAO), order supplies (including our wonderful bright yellow shirts!), plann activities (anyone remember how long it took you to save the world by removing toxic waste from the circle?), hire our incredible staff (making sure they’re able to throw flour off a bal-cony, load water guns quickly and handle silly string), and get only the best presenters in the world for the delegates! Speaking of presenters, I’m very excited to tell you that LeDerick Horne will be returning to YLF for his 3rd summer! LeDerick will be staying with us all week this year too! When LeDerick was a child, he believed he didn’t have much of a future. Despite being identified with a disability, he has become a successful spoken poet, play-wright, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and advocate. Michael Beers will also be returning to YLF this summer! Michael has been performing as a stand up comic for several years. A large portion of Michael’s act is based on his own life growing up in Montana with his mother and three his sisters, their dogs, and a disability. He also ventures into some social and political commen-tary. Dr. Jamie VanDycke will be joining us again this year, helping us understand our roles with personal and systems advocacy and how we can become systems change agents. Our delegates will create two leadership plans this year, one plan will be focused on personal goals while the other will be fo-cused on their individual community. Dr. Jim Martin and graduate students from the University of Oklahoma will also be joining us, helping us understand the importance of being involved in our “I.E.P” meetings. We’ll be learning more about the Depart-ment of Rehabilitation Services this year and of course, the legislative process from Representative Ben Sherrer. We’ll be enjoying our etiquette lesson from Carey Sue Vega and dancing the night away with Sweet-n-Lo. It’s another jammed pack week of learning and fun! I can’t wait until June! April 2012 YLF 2012 Theme: Oh! The Places You CAN Go! If you’d like to come to YLF and hear a presenter, call Jen ASAP! LeDerick Horne Michael Beers
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Developmental Disabilities Council, Oklahoma
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|Title||YLF news, 04/2012|
Oklahoma Youth Leadership Forum.
Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council.
|Purpose||YLF 2012 The 9th summer for the Oklahoma Youth Leadership Forum is just around the corner!; Do you have a 1-page profile?; Smart Snacking!; The Importance of Universal Healthcare for All by Benjamin Snow; Apps for Android & IPhone users; Alumni Highlight [Roderick Tyler Halpainy II]|
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