Are you a deaf or hard of hearing high school sophomore or junior? The camper application for Youth Leadership Camp 2023 is available!
YLC is a one-month long camp for deaf youth to learn how to use their leadership skills and make life long friends! We made a few but big important changes to the application, check out this video to learn why. Apply by January 15, 2023: youth.nad.org/ylc
[VIDEO DESCRIPTION & TRANSCRIPT: Chanel is wearing a NAD polo shirt. There is a NAD watermark on lower right corner.
CHANEL: We are excited to open applications for the 2023 Youth Leadership Camp. Campers are encouraged to apply by January 15, 2023. The 2023 YLC will take place at the same campground – Camp Taloali in Stayton, Oregon from June 26 to July 21, 2023.
We also wanted to be transparent with some changes to the application process.
First, We are removing the $50 application fee. However, if you receive an acceptance letter, you will need to deposit a fee to reserve your spot by the deadline.
Secondly, we had to increase the tuition fee. The 2023 YLC tuition fee is $3,500. This increase was necessary because of rising costs due to inflation. Unfortunately, camp expenses have tremendously increased, especially with the campgrounds rental, food, transportation and staffing costs. However, we are including spending money for the canteen (snack break) and laundry costs into the tuition fee. (In previous years, the canteen and laundry expenses were additional.) We understand that some people might be overwhelmed with the increased amount. We’ve tried to keep our costs low but the tuition fee is still pretty low compared to other camps. To help people plan ahead and fundraise, we are making the application deadline earlier – January 15th. This will give everyone another month to fundraise and apply for financial assistance which can include support from your state’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), schools, or State Associations. We will work with you to help you find funding support and we also have payment plans available.
The two changes are based on feedback we’ve received and we’re working hard to address them and make YLC better. We will do our best to support our campers with their journey, starting with the application process to arriving at camp. Campers can apply today on our website: youth.nad.org/ylc.