TSLP Statewide Events

TSLP provides regionally based events and activities for high school students with disabilities, their parents, educators and adult agencies.  These transition events and activities provide education and information for students to make a seamless transition from high school to the adult world of employment, education or training and independent living.

2018-2019 Transition Events Flyer

Indicator 14 results have shown that student participation in transition events lead to better outcomes for students. Participation in transition events sponsored by TSLP are included in Indicator 14 survey that students complete, one year post-graduation.

Along with the annual events listed below, TSLP staff are available to provide additional training for educators, parents and/or students as requested. Contact us for more information.

  • Let’s Talk Work is a one-day conference designed specifically for high school students who have a disability focusing on employment.
  • Summer Institute is a 2-3 day conference held in the summer related to transition specific topics of interest to educators, parents and/or students.
  • Transition Forum is a 2-3 hour informal and interactive networking opportunity for transition age students with disabilities, their families, educators and service providers.

Apply now for the


June 2-6, 2019

Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD

YLF Delegate Application 2019

YLF Team Leader/Asst. Team Leader Application 2018


The Youth Leadership Forum enables young adults who have a disability to learn from each other and from successful adults with disabilities who are recognized leaders and role models. Students learn more about their own disability and others’ disabilities, how to analyze their own strengths and weaknesses, enhanced organizational skills, different leadership styles, about the legislative process and disability laws, how to influence others, etiquette, and much more!

YLF Application Process

  1. The student fills out an application which includes demographic information, record of school and community involvement, and responses to essay questions. The essays can be written or recorded. Two letters of recommendation are also required.
  2. The student then has a personal interview with a Transition Liaison and Vocational Rehabilitation representative. The interview will be conducted at the school or location of the student’s choice.
  3. After all interviews have been completed, a steering committee reviews the delegate?
  4. A first-time attendee. Delegates may apply to return to future YLF camps in a leadership capacity as Team Leader or Mentor to help direct small groups.
  5. What is tapplications and selects the “delegates” who are approved to attend.

What is a he cost to attend YLF?

There is no cost to the student or family. Donations are solicited from businesses and organizations statewide to cover the cost of the forum.

Where do the students sleep while at YLF?

Delegates stay in a dorm on the University campus, males/females are separated on floors. Most delegates will have a roommate pre-selected by staff.

What happens if the student needs medical attention?

There is 24-hour nursing services available. The nursing staff is on-site at the dorm overnight.

What age students and what types of disability are eligible to attend?

YLF is ideal for high school juniors and seniors. There are no restrictions on what types of disabling conditions are eligible. Young people who have a disability and who can demonstrate leadership potential, academic success, community involvement, and the ability to interact effectively with others should attend!

What does a typical day look like at YLF?

Breakfast at 8am, large group meetings with featured speakers, breaks with snacks, small group activities led by experienced Team Leaders and Mentors, lunch at the campus cafeteria, hands-on training and demonstrations, fun-filled activities! Every evening a special event is planned, such as a picnic, magic show, art party, karaoke, or dance.  YLF is meant to give the students a “taste of college life” by being held on a university campus, eating on campus, sleeping in a dorm, etc. However, the students are never alone. They walk to/from the dorm to meeting rooms, activities, etc. in groups.

CATCH THE WAVE on Post-Secondary Education

A one-day conference for high school students with disabilities considering post-secondary education

  • Participate in panel discussions with current college or technical institute students who have disabilities
  • Ask Disability Coordinators your entrance and eligibility requirement questions
  • Learn how to secure appropriate accommodations
  • Practice self-advocacy and communication skills

CONTACT your Regional Transition Liaison for more information!