Leadership Development Program for 5th, 6th, and 7th Graders
Leadership Development

Junior National Young Leaders Conference

Now Enrolling for 2016.



The JrNYLC Experience

The Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC), an Envision program, is held in Washington, DC for mature middle school students who demonstrate leadership potential, who are motivated to learn and excel, and who desire the critical leadership skills needed for success in middle school, high school and beyond.

Students attending JrNYLC develop and sharpen the essential leadership skills needed for academic and career success by examining the leaders of the past, and are empowered to become leaders themselves. The program centers on leadership through a practical, everyday lens, incorporating a detailed examination of six leadership traits and focusing on leaders in American history and social advocacy.

The Junior National Young Leaders Conference is filled with distinctive site experiences, hands-on exercises and workshops bring these concepts to life, while students work together to develop action plans that affect change within their homes and communities.

Activities & Benefits

At JrNYLC, you will get outside of the classroom and take an amazing, interactive journey of leadership and discovery. You will:

  • Hear from a living legend, Anthony Robles, who was born without his right leg and defied the odds to become a three-time all-American wrestler and the 2011 NCAA National Wrestling Champion.
  • Take part in fun and exciting workshops and participate in simulations where you take on the roles of historic leaders and figures from our nation’s past.
  • Discover how to organize and effectively lead a group of your classmates in school and be inspired to create positive changes in your community – just like our nation’s greatest leaders!
  • Learn to make positive choices in your daily life, face future challenges and ensure your success immediately in middle school, high school, and beyond.
  • Receive an official Certificate of Merit as a testament to your academic success, hard work and dedication, which you can highlight throughout your education and even on college applications.
  • Make lasting friendships with other outgoing young leaders, which will last long after your return home.
Interactive Site Visits
Interactive Site Visits
  • Travel to the historical site of Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, where you will take on the roles of famous leaders and figures from our past.
  • Take part in our “night at the museum” sleepover experience at the Maryland Science Center, where you will spend the night among the center’s mummies, dinosaurs and space exhibits!
  • Explore our nation’s most important monuments and memorials along the National Mall and discover how being a good leader in your own life requires courage, but brings with it the opportunity to make lasting, positive changes!
"Voices of Change" Project
Proven Success*
  • Since its foundation in 2003, JrNYLC has changed the lives of thousands of students. Ninety-three percent of JrNYLC alumni say the program made a positive contribution to their lives.
  • The top skills that students gain are: stronger leadership skills, stronger teamwork abilities, improved communication skills, improved peer relationships and greater global awareness.
  • Additionally, 95 percent of JrNYLC alumni say they were prepared for the challenges of college, and 93 percent of college attendees say they were admitted to their first or second college of choice.
  • *Based on a third-party study conducted by Beehive Research.

Leadership Skill Development
Skill Development
  • Enhance your leadership skills across key dimensions, including: communication, goal setting, problem solving, and teamwork. 
  • Immerse yourself in the “Voices of Change” project, and practice real-world leadership skills by creating an action-oriented organization to create positive change at school and in your community.
  • Gain the confidence and motivation to apply yourself as a leader during the program, and apply at home, in school and in your community once you return home.

2016 Summer Dates & Locations

Summer Leadership Program for Elementary and Middle School Students - Washington, D.C.
Washington, DC
Choose the JrNYLC session that is most convenient for you and your family*:
Jun 11 – 16 Jun 12 – 17 Jun 18 – 23 Jun 19 – 24 Jun 25 – 30 Jun 26 – Jul 1
Jul 10 – 15 Jul 17 – 22 Jul 23 – 28 Jul 24 – 29 Jul 30 – Aug 4 Jul 31 – Aug 5
Aug 7 – 12

*Dates are reflective of the residential program. The Day program concludes one day earlier.

Tuition & Financial Assistance


JrNYLC tuition includes housing accommodations, instruction, conference activities and materials, meals, transportation during the conference site explorations and supervision by professional faculty advisors.

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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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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 Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) for me?

The Junior National Young Leaders Conference is for you if you are a mature and responsible middle school student who has demonstrated leadership potential and academic achievement. Many of our students are nominated by educators, leaders from youth organizations and participating institutions, but open enrollments are welcome and are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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, a travel checklist, pre-conference assignments and a press release you can use to notify local media about your participation in this prestigious program. 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? Is there a wait list?

Should the program be full, we will let you know. You will be placed on a wait list and your payment will not be processed. If space becomes available, we will contact you and confirm your interest to attend before proceeding with enrollment.

Can I see a schedule of program activities?

Yes. You may view a JrNYLC sample schedule, which demonstrates the kinds of development activities you will be participating in as part of this fun and challenging program experience. Please keep in mind that schedules may vary by session.

What is the dress code for this program?

Daily dress code includes solid khaki shorts, skirts, or pants, a solid white or navy blue top and comfortable footwear. A light jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt should be brought in case of cold weather. Comfortable, closed-toe dress shoes are required, as students will be walking a great deal throughout the conference and may spend a considerable amount of time outdoors. Detailed dress code information will be available on your MyEnvisionExperience.com personal Web page, which will be available to you after you enroll.

What is the code of conduct for this program?

You are expected to abide by the Student Code of Conduct. You also must abide by and uphold all conference rules. We expect you to conduct yourself as a mature and responsible leader who represents your school and community.

Organization & Affiliations

Who is Envision?

Envision Experience 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 merged with LeadAmerica in 2012 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.

All Envision programs are designed to align with Common Core State Standards and other national standards for education. See what others are saying about their Envision program experiences.

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 is included in tuition?

Your tuition for JrNYLC includes housing accommodations (residential program only), instruction, program activities and materials, site explorations and supervision by professional program staff. Your meals and snacks during the program are also covered (excluding lunch on arrival and departure days). Private motor coach transportation to all locations during the program is also included in your tuition.

However, your transportation to and from Washington, DC is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for personal spending on items such as souvenirs, airport shuttle service, 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 raise program tuition, 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 usually 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 program is our highest priority. The program is structured so that you will reside in a safe, controlled environment. Let your parents know that you will be closely supervised by a professionally trained staff, including faculty advisors, who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel, operations personnel and a program coordinator.

For nearly 30 years, Envision has achieved a stellar record of safely and successfully enriching the lives of students, providing them with superb educational experiences and professional supervision. Other Envision safety measures include:

  • Greeting students at the airport, providing transportation to the program site, and staying with students at the airport until they depart.
  • Maintaining a student-to-staff ratio of 17-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.
  • Providing overnight staff to support students who may become ill or have an emergency during the night.
  • Equipping all staff members with two-way communication devices.

Am I allowed to bring medication to the program?

Middle school students can bring medication to the program.  Parents or guardians may also check in medication with the on-site nurse, but we do not require it to be turned in. Regardless of whether medication is checked with the nurse or kept with the student, a Student Medication Form with instructions and a parent/guardian signature must be turned in to a program staff member. This form can be found on your MyEnvisionExperience.com page after you enroll.

Travel & Accommodations

Where will I stay?

For the summer 2016 JrNYLC sessions, you will reside, along with other students and staff, at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD or the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Hyattsville, MD. Both housing sites are located just outside of Washington, DC and are ideally suited for you to enjoy all the program activities that take place in Maryland, West Virginia and our nation’s capital.

How many students share a room?

Each room will house three to four students, depending on the housing location. You will have your own bed, which may include a roll-away bed.

Can I request a roommate?

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?

No. Your parents or guardians are not allowed to accompany you during the program. Gaining 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 to the program location and stay in the area while you are attending the program.

My family would like to stay in the area while I am attending the program. Can you recommend hotels?

Here are some hotels where family and friends may want to stay if they decide to make the trip to Washington, DC while you are attending the program: 

American Inn of Bethesda 
8130 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (800) 323-7081

Bethesda Court Hotel 
7740 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (800) 874-0050

Bethesda Marriott 
5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (888) 236-2427

Hyatt Regency Bethesda
One Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (800) 233-1234

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.

What is the designated arrival airport?

For the 2016 summer sessions, you should reserve a flight that arrives to and departs from Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). You must arrive between 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on the first day of their program session. During these times, staff members will greet you as soon as you de-board the plane. You must depart between noon and 4 p.m. on the last day of your conference session. During these times, staff members will remain with you until your flight departs. 

The shuttle service fee is $35 each way or $70 round trip.

Note: Shuttle service and program staff will NOT be available to assist you if you arrive or depart from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) or Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Who will meet me at the airport?

At Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), 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-program 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. You also will complete a short self-assessment as part of the FUEL assignment.

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

Please make sure you complete the assignment no later than one week prior to arrival. You will be able to see the results on the first day of the program. 
The FUEL assignment will be available on your child’s MyEnvisionExperience.com personal 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 conference. When you complete the Student Information Form, 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.

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