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  Invitation to Apply to Serve as On-site Staff for YLF 2012

The 21st annual California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) will be held this summer. As you may know, the success of this nationally acclaimed program is dependent on the committed volunteers who understand the importance of youth leadership and development.

The application form includes a list of volunteer and paid staff positions, the YLF Ground Rules and Guidelines and the Definition of Confidentiality for the 2012’s California YLF. The forum will be held July 22-27, 2012, at California State University, Sacramento for staff. If you are interested in serving as an on-site volunteer, please complete the enclosed application and return it with one letter of recommendation and the signature page in the application by April 2, 2012, by close of business. The return address is on the application form.

We are pleased to inform you that in 2012, more than twenty other states will be conducting a YLF based on our California Model. There are now thousands of YLF national alumni and we are especially proud of our California YLF alumni who continue to serve our state as YLF volunteers/paid.

If you are offered a position, we will need a firm commitment that you can participate in the seven-day event. All selected staff will receive specific information regarding their position and information on making travel arrangements. As noted in the enclosed “YLF Ground Rules and Guidelines,” all staff must participate in a mandatory staff orientation and are required to stay at the forum site at California State University, Sacramento, for the entire duration of the YLF program. Additionally, because the YLF program involves minors, all staff applicants will be subject to self-disclosure statements and/or background checks, and a confidentially agreement statement.

Because there is so much interest from individuals who want to serve as YLF volunteer staff, we regret that not all applicants may be selected to serve for 2012 even though you may have served as YLF Volunteer Staff in the past years.
If you have any questions about the YLF Volunteer Staff application and/or the application process, please call Trina Dangberg King at EDD at (916) 653-0882 (voice) (916) 654-9820 (tty)

We sincerely appreciate your interest in YLF and look forward to hearing from you.

Download Volunteer Staff Application(.pdf) (.doc)

Additional Information:

Staff Invitation and information (.pdf) or (.doc)
Staff Paid Positions and Staff Volunteer Positions
Staff Ground Rules (.pdf) or (.doc)

Ground rules and Guidelines For the Staff of The California Youth Leadership Forum

  • All staff must participate in the Orientation meeting scheduled on July 22, 2012.
  • All staff must attend the Confidentiality Training teleconference and have a certificate of completion on file with YLF Personnel and kept in a secured location with all confidential documents.
  • Maintain delegate and staff confidentiality is critical to the success of the YLF program. Remind your delegates the importance of not repeating or sharing personal information presented by the delegates or staff.
  • Staff must remain on site at CSU, Sacramento, for the entire YLF program with the exception of the trip to the State Capitol for legislative visits and the YLF luncheon. All CSUS buildings, other residence halls and facilities are restricted unless part of the curriculum.
  • Co-Counselors and Peer Counselors are required to know at all times the location of the delegates assigned to their Small Groups.
  • If issues arise with colleagues, delegates, or anyone during the YLF program that you are unable to handle, please discuss them as soon as possible with your Personnel Lead Staff or the YLF on-site Project Director.
  • If you are assigned to a Small Group, you must remain with your group during all Large Group sessions. This enables you to ensure that your delegates are actively engaged.
  • The YLF front desk staff (Dorm Leaders) must know the location of staff at all times. You must be in the assigned group session or in your private room.  If you need to leave for any reason, please notify the front desk staff of your departure time, destination, and expected return time.
  • All staff must wear the standard issued YLF shirts during the entire program.
  • If you drive your personal vehicle to YLF, you must inform the YLF Project Director should you need to drive your car for YLF business.  You cannot transport another YLF staff person or delegate without prior permission and proof of appropriate insurance.
  • Remember that all staff serve as a role model for the delegates. "Lead By Example" behavior is required and includes the following:

-Safety First

Maintain a respectful attitude toward all YLF participants-delegates, facilitators, Forum staff, volunteers, and CSUS staff.

Respect the facilities and maintain the condition of dormitory rooms and all other areas. (Participants will have to pay for damaged property they cause and for lost room keys or towels).

Be punctual to all designated places and meetings.

  • Attendance is mandatory at evening staff meetings. This allows the opportunity to meet and review the day’s activities, address any issues, and plan for the following day.
  • Volunteer and paid staff will refrain from any dating relationship.  Refer to your YLF Ground Rules and Guidelines signature sheet.

- Additional requirements for staff and delegates-

  • Cell phones and text messaging are not permitted by the staff or delegates during all YLF activities.  If staff must use a cell phone, please use it in the designated staff office.
  • No stereos, radios, MP3s, iPods, CD/DVD players, or electronic games will be permitted during YLF sessions.  It is recommended these devices be left at home.
  • Use of the swimming pool is prohibited.
  • Smoking is only allowed away from the buildings and out of sight of YLF delegates.
  • Volunteer staff will be reimbursed for pre-approved travel expenses only. Travel expenses are paid by Friends of Californians with Disabilities, Inc.

The volunteer staff is the most highly valued component of YLF.  Remember that you are at YLF to mentor and support the delegates in their learning experience – YLF is “all about the delegates!”

Confidentiality Definition

Confidentiality is defined as ensuring information is accessible only to those authorized to have access, or that one person who is entrusted with the private information of another.

As a volunteer, it is your responsibility to protect sensitive information regarding delegates and/or staff members.

Additional Requirements for staff and delegates:

  • Cell phones and text messaging are not permitted by the staff or delegates during all YLF activities.  If staff must use a cell phone, please use it in the designated staff office. 
  • No stereos, radios, MP3s, iPods, CD/DVD players, or electronic games will be permitted during YLF sessions.  It is recommended these devices be left at home.
  • Use of the swimming pool is prohibited. 
  • Smoking is only allowed away from the buildings and out of sight of YLF delegates.

A final reminder that the volunteer staff is the most highly valued component of YLF. Please know how much you are appreciated and what an honor it is to be selected to serve.

A final reminder that the volunteer staff is the most highly valued component of YLF. Please know how much you are appreciated and what an honor it is to be selected to serve.