KSYLF 2014 Press Release


May 27, 2014

Contact: Carrie Greenwood, Program Coordinator

Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy

517 SW 37th St., Suite B

Topeka, KS 66611

866.577.5932 Toll Free

785.215.6698 TTY

785.215.6699 Fax



The Kansas Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (KSYLF) is gearing up for its fourteenth annual program. Twenty-two motivated young leaders have been selected to attend the 2014 forum. This year’s KSYLF will be held July 15 – 19 at Washburn University in Topeka. The forum is coordinated by the Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA), a youth-driven, non-profit organization that educates, mentors, and supports youth with disabilities in Kansas to be contributing members of their community.

The theme for this year’s forum will be “I am UNSTOPPABLE!” Participants will be motivated to not let anything stop them from living a full, active life. The delegates will learn to work through barriers in order to accomplish their goals. They will also learn to believe in themselves and in their individual abilities. Ultimately, the delegates will leave with the tools and attitude to be “unstoppable” in their daily lives. A diverse group of delegates were selected to attend the 2014 KSYLF, including students from a variety of cities in Kansas with a wide range of disabilities. Those students are listed below:

Daniel Albert, Leawood

Paul Barras, Independence

Koree Bell, Lawrence

Cristina Carrillo, Topeka

Matt Cooley, Lenexa

Sharlell Green, Wichita

Levi Hannan, Wamego

Alexis Haugsness, Hutchinson

Kelsey Johnson, Silver Lake

Samuel Matson, Galena

Matt Mitchell, Lawrence

Emily Moreland, Lawrence

Dakota Munoz, Topeka

Shelby Robertson, Kansas City

Richard Shaver, Paola

Audrey Sprague, Emporia

Graham Stauffer, Hesston

Tyler Stinnett, Wichita

Dylan Trammell, Hutchinson

Harry Ummel, Topeka

Stevie Walker, Osage City

Amber Weber, Topeka

The KSYLF is an annual conference that is heading into its fourteenth year serving students with disabilities across the state. During the forum, delegates enjoy a week full of learning, fun, friends, and, most of all, a new sense of empowerment! Through various large and small sessions, delegates are able to learn about and explore various topics related to leadership. They are able to set goals for the future and develop their very own Personal Leadership Plan. A trip to the Capital is always a highlight of the week, as well as a mentor luncheon where delegates are paired with an adult mentor from their community. Other fun activities include a recreation session, a real life fair, a barbeque, a talent show, and a dance, which is always a delegate favorite!

For more information about the Kansas Youth Leadership Forum, please contact Carrie Greenwood, Program Coordinator, toll free at 866.577.5932 or via e-mail at carrieg@kyea.org. More information can also be found on the KSYLF section of the KYEA website at www.kyea.org.

The Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy is made possible through a grant from Kansas Rehabilitation Services.