Career Development

National Youth Leadership Forum: Explore STEM

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Atlanta: Jun 21 - Jun 26; Chicago: Jul 13 - Jul 18; Philadelphia: Jun 29 - Jul 4; San Francisco: Jul 6 – Jul 11

About NYLF Explore STEM

The National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Explore STEM is a six-day Envision program that introduces high-achieving middle school students to innovative and rewarding academic experiences and careers in science, engineering, medicine and technology.

Cutting-edge STEM fields – based on science, technology, engineering and mathematics – are the fastest growing areas of study and STEM professionals are in high demand in the United States and throughout the world.

When you attend NYLF Explore STEM, you will discover your passions through hands-on experiences that will put you on the path to success in high school, in college and in life. You will learn how to apply your science and math skills to join the next generation of leading doctors, scientists, software developers and other analytically minded professionals.

Choose to attend this summer program at one of five campus locations: Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GAMenlo College near San Francisco, CA; Westtown School near Philadelphia, PA; Loyola University in Chicago, IL; and Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.

Activities & Benefits

Are you ready to experiment, discover and innovate? At NYLF Explore STEM, you will:

  • Participate in a broad range of interactive simulations, hands-on workshops and educational site visits as you discover the real-world frontiers of 21st century science and technology.
  • Interact with STEM professionals from fields in engineering, health care and environmental science as you explore future career paths.
  • Create a personalized success plan and pave the way to your future success with the skills, knowledge and behaviors you will need to choose the right high school options, prepare for college and, ultimately, make the transition to a rewarding career.
  • Experience campus life in a safe and secure environment, while building your independence and self-confidence.
  • Make lasting friendships with like-minded students from throughout the country.

Speakers

Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph, MD, Professor, Rush University Medical Center and Head Team Physician for the Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball Club.


Dr. David Howes, Professor of Medicine and Co-Chair, Emergency Medicine, University of Chicago Medical Center.


Steven M. Malkin, M.D., President of the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS). A board-certified specialist in internal medicine, Dr. Malkin is a member of the Medical Care Group in Arlington Heights and serves on the medical staffs of Alexian Brothers Medical Center and Northwest Community Hospital. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Explore STEM Careers and Academics
  • Interact with real EMTs to explore life saving techniques, including CPR training.
  • Take part in an environmental field work experience where you will collect samples, record observations, analyze data and form conclusions.
  • Get hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology during a visit to a local science museum.
  • Apply the engineering design process when you build a robot in the robotics challenge.
Thrive in STEM
  • Learn important skills to help you succeed in high school, in college and in life, including time management, conflict resolution, information analysis, collaboration and public speaking.
  • Understand how your academic options in high school will help you transition smoothly to a top college, graduate on time and eventually land your dream job.
  • Do more to get ahead: 4 in 5 college students say that K-12 education alone does not adequately prepare you for STEM college courses.
Catch the STEM Wave
  • Increase your self-confidence and creativity, and learn how to turn your academic achievements into solutions for a society driven by scientific and technological innovations.
  • STEM-related jobs are projected to grow twice as fast as jobs in other fields. Gain the experience necessary to succeed in the future.
  • 80 percent of jobs in the next decade will require a solid foundation of technical skills, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Summer 2014 Dates & Locations

Summer Engineering Programs for High School Students - Atlanta, GA
Atlanta, GA
Oglethorpe University
  • Jun 21 - Jun 26 NEW!
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Summer Business Programs in Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
Loyola University
  • Jul 6 - Jul 11
  • Jul 13 - Jul 18 NEW!
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National Young Leaders State Conference - West Coast
Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College
  • Jun 28 - Jul 3
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National Young Leaders State Conference - Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Westtown School
  • Jun 22 - Jun 27
  • Jun 29 - Jul 4 NEW!
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San Francisco, California
San Francisco, CA
Menlo College
  • Jul 6 - Jul 11 NEW!
  • Jul 13 - Jul 18
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Tuition & Financial Assistance

Tuition

Tuition for NYLF Explore STEM includes accommodations, instruction, meals, program activities and materials, site explorations and transportation during the conference.

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Scholarships

Envision offers a limited number of scholarships to qualified students each year based upon financial need, scholastic merit, leadership achievements and other factors.

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Fundraising

Many students use fundraising and sponsorships to cover some or all of their tuition costs. Envision has prepared a fundraising guide featuring suggestions and activities to help you raise funds.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Eligibility & Nomination

Is the National Youth Leadership Forum: Explore STEM for me?

This summer STEM exploration program is for you if you are a middle school student interested in exploring all of the various career options available to you in science, engineering, medicine and technology. NYLF Explore STEM is your springboard to achieving tremendous success in high school, in college and in life.

To attend NYLF Explore STEM, you must be in grades 6-8 during the 2013-2014 school year. Most of our students are nominated by educators, leaders from youth organizations and participating institutions, but open enrollments are welcome from qualified students who want to make the most of this opportunity.

What happens after I enroll?

After you enroll, you will receive an enrollment confirmation email. A personalized URL will be created for you – your MyEnvisionExperience.com page – where you can find important program updates, the Mandatory Travel Form, the Student Information Form, conference travel information, a travel checklist, pre-conference assignments and a press release you can use to notify local media about your participation in this prestigious forum. You will receive notification in the mail and via email with details about how to access your MyEnvisionExperience.com page.

What happens if the program is full?

NYLF Explore STEM is a very popular middle school summer program and the allotted spaces for each forum session fill up quickly. If your session is full, we encourage you to choose another session. You may also request to be put on a wait list to enroll in a full session. However, due to the popularity of the program, there is no guarantee that space will become available if you choose the wait list option. It is best to enroll in an available session to guarantee your spot for this exciting experience.

What is the dress code for this program?

You should plan to wear relaxed professional clothing for most program activities. When dressing professionally, ladies must wear dresses, skirts (no shorter than three inches above the knees) or slacks (no denim) with blouses or sweaters. Gentlemen must wear button-down, polo or collared shirts and slacks (no denim or cargo pants).

Comfortable dress or business casual shoes are essential. You will be walking a great deal throughout the forum.

There will be opportunities most days for you to wear casual attire, including jeans, T-shirts and sneakers. Athletic clothing, sweatpants and sleeveless shirts are not appropriate casual attire.

For more detailed information about the dress code for this program, visit your MyEnvisionExperience.com personal Web page, which will be available to you after you enroll.

What is the code of conduct for this program?

Attending NYLF Explore STEM is fun, but it is also an honor. Like all meaningful experiences, you only get out of it what you put in to your time spent at this exciting summer forum. You are expected to conduct yourself as a mature and responsible leader as you represent your school and community. You must abide by the Student Code of Conduct. You must also abide by and uphold all conference rules.

What is the enrollment deadline date?

The deadline date is the date that enrollment closes for NYLF Explore STEM. It is important to note, however, that you enroll on a first-come, first-served basis. Since program space is limited, it is wise to enroll early for this popular summer program.

Organization & Affiliations

Who is Envision?

Envision is a leading experiential education organization dedicated to enabling students of all ages explore their interests and gain critical learning experiences beyond the classroom. Envision recently merged with LeadAmerica to provide a comprehensive offering of programs to help students develop the leadership, scholarship and career skills needed to succeed in the competitive 21st century. See About Envision for more detailed information about Envision, its history of successful educational programs, its leadership and its partners.

How is Envision funded?

Envision is a tuition-based, self-supporting organization, with many students securing financial support from local business, civic, community and leadership organizations. Scholarship funds are also available for qualified nominees. Learn more about scholarships and fundraising opportunities.

Is Envision affiliated with a political party or the U.S. government?

No. Envision is a nonpartisan educational organization.

Tuition & Financial Assistance

What does tuition cover?

Your tuition for NYLF Explore STEM includes housing accommodations on a university, college or school campus, instruction, program activities and materials, a Certificate of Completion, airport shuttle service, site explorations, supervision by professional faculty advisors and private motor coach transportation to all locations during the program. Your meals and snacks during the program are also covered (excluding lunch on arrival and departure days).

However, your transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for lunch on arrival and departure days, as well as personal spending on items such as souvenirs, additional snacks and other incidentals.

How do I apply for a scholarship or financial assistance?

You can visit the Envision scholarships page for more information. We are proud to offer a limited number of scholarships to eligible students, opening the door to young leaders from a variety of backgrounds. You should also know that many students fundraise to pay for most or all of their tuition costs. See the fundraising page for more information.

What happens if there are no spaces available by the time I am able to accrue the full tuition amount by fundraising?

If you intend to fundraise to attend this summer program, we encourage you to enroll using our convenient payment plan. That way you will make sure you have safely secured your space in the program. It is always a good idea to contact our Office of Admissions once you begin your fundraising campaign.

How will I be notified about my scholarship application?

You can expect to be notified by email. This happens about two weeks after the scholarship deadline date has passed. If you do not provide an operable email address, you will receive notification by mail approximately three weeks after the scholarship deadline date has passed. The scholarship deadline date can be found on the
scholarships page.

Safety & Supervision

How will I be supervised?

Your safety and well-being during the National Youth Leadership Forum to Explore STEM is our highest priority. The program is structured to ensure that you reside in a safe, controlled environment.  You will be closely supervised by a program director and a professionally trained staff, including faculty advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel and operations personnel.

Other Envision safety measures include:

  • Greeting students at the arrival gate at the airport and providing transportation to the program site.
  • Providing transportation from the program site to the airport and staying with students until they depart.
  • Maintaining a student-to-staff ratio of 12-to-1.
  • Providing single-sex rooms and single-sex floors.
  • Requiring all students to attend all activities.
  • Checking rooms nightly and ensuring that students remain in their rooms.
  • Having night monitors in place to support students who may become ill or who have an emergency during the night.
  • Equipping all staff members with two-way communication devices.

For more than 25 years, Envision has achieved a stellar record of safely and successfully enriching the lives of students, providing young scholars – like you –with a superb educational experiences and professional supervision.

Travel & Accommodations

Where will I stay?

For the summer 2014 NYLF Explore STEM sessions, you will reside, along with other students and staff, on campus at your choice of one of the following schools: the Westtown School in Philadelphia, PA; Menlo College in San Francisco, CA; Loyola University in Chicago, IL; and Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.

How many students share a room?

Each room will house two to four students, depending on the housing location. You will have your own bed.

Can I request a roommate?

No. Roommate requests are not accepted. You will be randomly assigned a room prior to your arrival day. We believe that one of the important benefits of this program is the opportunity for you to network with others and get to know peers from different parts of the country.

Can my parents attend the program with me?

No. Your parents, guardians and teachers are not allowed to accompany you during the program. Learning about leadership also means learning about independence and responsibility. We believe this independence, including experiencing new things on your own, is an essential part of your growth during the program. However, it is perfectly fine for your family to travel with you and stay in the area while you are attending the program.

Can I attend if I am a student with special needs?

Yes. If you are a student with special needs or with disabilities, we encourage you to enroll. We may be able to provide you with auxiliary aids and services to assist you. Please call our Office of Admissions for more information or to discuss your particular needs prior to enrolling in the program.

Do I need to make my own flight arrangements?

Yes. Your tuition does not include transportation to and from your home and the program location. We recommend that you make necessary flight arrangements only AFTER you receive confirmation that the session dates you have selected are available and you are officially enrolled.

Who will meet me at the airport?

At designated area airports, which will be provided to you upon enrollment, program staff members will be wearing name badges and will meet you at the arrival gate. A few days prior to the start of the program, we will contact you via email with the name of the staff member who will be greeting you.

Note: You do not need the staff member’s name to make a flight reservation. We encourage you to make your flight arrangements as soon as you receive official confirmation of your enrollment.

Do I fly alone or can my parents fly with me?

It is up to your parents whether they would like to fly with you or have you fly on your own. If you fly alone, we will have program staff members meet you at the gate after you get off the plane.

What does “unaccompanied minor status” mean?

When airlines offer additional assistance to a minor traveling without a parent, guardian or other trusted adult, the airline refers to this as "unaccompanied minor status." Each airline has different age requirements to define this status. Some airlines may allow your family to purchase this service even if you are not in the “required” age bracket. Nearly all airlines will charge your family for unaccompanied minor services. We strongly recommend that your parents contact the airline directly for specific information on unaccompanied minor age requirements and fees.

What is the Tuition and Travel Protection Plan?

To protect and safeguard the investment that you and your parents make in travel and tuition costs, we strongly recommend that your parents take advantage of our Tuition and Travel Protection Plan. This plan is offered through Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. You may purchase this cancellation insurance when you enroll. You may also select this option when you complete the Mandatory Travel Form on your personalized MyEnvisionExperience.com page after enrollment. If your parents would like more specifics about the Tuition and Travel Protection Plan, please have them call the plan administrator, Nationwide, at (866) 282-3987.

Academic Preparation

What is the pre-conference assignment, FUEL?

The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. To aid in this assessment, you must complete a brief pre-conference assignment entitled Feedback for Understanding Emerging Leaders (FUEL).

The FUEL assignment will be available on your personal MyEnvisionExperience.com Web page after you enroll. It simply requires that you choose five mentors – teachers, coaches, youth group leaders or other trusted adults – to complete a short survey about your leadership strengths.

When is the deadline to submit my FUEL form? Is the assignment mandatory?

Please ask your mentors to complete the survey no later than one week prior to your arrival. You will see the results on the first day of the program. The assignment is mandatory. The FUEL assignment will be available on your personal MyEnvisionExperience.com Web page after you enroll.

Other Questions

Can special dietary needs be met?

Vegetarian options are always available. Kosher and Halal meals can be made available to you, provided the request is submitted prior to the start of the forum. When you complete the Student Information Form on your MyEnvisionExperience.com page, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.

What if I lose something or forget to bring a personal item home after the program?

All lost and found items are retained by the program staff for two weeks following the conference. Items of higher monetary value are retained for 30 days. After 30 days, all items remaining are discarded or donated. Contact the Office of Admissions for assistance.

My question is not listed.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Admissions.

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