Youth Leaders in Kansas (YLinK) Program

Youth Leaders in Kansas offers youth throughout the state the opportunity to develop community youth leadership sites for youth ages 12 to 18 years with a serious emotional disturbance (SED) with the support and guidance of their primary caregiver(s), especially mothers and fathers.

YLinK provides youth with information, education and development of individual and group leadership skills in their community, statewide and nationally. The program provides an array of services which includes, but is not limited to, improving family and peer relationships, community engagement, incorporate knowledge and training for employment and/or vocational education and self-advocacy skills.

The program is supported through grant funds from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services/Behavioral Health Services.

Current YLinK sites include:

  • Coffeyville
  • Independence
  • McPherson
  • Iola
  • Butler County 

For more information contact: Doug Bowman - KDADS Youth Engagement Specialist