Young Leaders Conference for High School Students
Leadership Development

National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC)

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What To Expect

The National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC): Skills in Leadership for Change is a seven-day Envision program for outstanding high school students. At this summer program, join your high-achieving peers from throughout the nation to gain the real-world leadership experiences and skills you need to succeed in college and in your future career.

Washington, DC will serve as your living classroom at the National Young Leadership Conference. You will be empowered to emerge as an influential voice in your community, state and even at the national level. Explore your interests, enlarge your perspective and hone the skills you need to become an influential leader in the 21st century.

Benefits & Activities

Are you ready to step forward as a leader? At NYLC, you will:

  • Explore your future through a career fair, networking social and interactive workshops led by local career experts.
  • Hear from members of Congress, right on Capitol Hill, and discover the career paths that brought them to congress, the leadership skills that have made them successful and how you can work on Capitol Hill through the Senate Page Program or serve as a Congressional intern.
  • Participate in an exclusive Press Panel with Washington, DC journalists, who cover critical topics such as the Pentagon, election campaigns, Capitol Hill and special undercover stories. Discover the skills needed to be a successful journalist.
  • Develop the critical leadership skills you need for the future such as communication, networking, decision making, conflict resolution and critical thinking. Apply these skills to service in The Envision Initiative: Igniting Community Change, a social advocacy project.

By completing this program, you are also eligible to receive college credit from George Mason University.

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COLLEGE TOUR EXTENSION

    As part of the NYLC experience, you have the option of extending your time at the program with the four day College Tour Extension.
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GMU College Credit

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

    As part of the National Young Leaders Conference experience, students meet with and learn from leaders who have shaped the future. Learn More

FEATURED ALUMNI

    Alumni of the National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC) go on to be leaders for change in the world, no matter what they do. Meet our Alumni

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Explore Leadership and Careers
Explore Leadership & Careers
  • Get firsthand exposure to public service fields, including elected office, intelligence, national security, journalism, public policy, lobbying, campaign management and public relations.
  • Design a Personalized Action and Advocacy Plan to reach goals and connect your passion to a career pathway.
  • Gain the skills you need to stand out from the crowd in any profession, including networking, social media, communication, conflict resolution and self-promotion.
  • Develop a deeper appreciation and knowledge of important domestic and international issues that you will confront as a leader.
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The Envision Initiative

A highlight of the program is The Envision Initiative: Igniting Community Change. In this social advocacy project, you will:

  • Collaborate with a team to identify a community need, and explore real-world solutions to the problems you observe.
  • Design a sustainable service plan to address this need, shape policy and create lasting change.
  • Present your project to a panel of community leaders in a competitive showcase.
  • Have the opportunity to earn a scholarship toward a future program by implementing your project in your home community!
College Tour Extension
College Tour Extension

You have the option to extend your experience by four days with the College Tour Extension! Tour top schools in the Washington, DC area, prepare for the college admissions process and enjoy cultural highlights around the city.

College visits may include: 

  • Georgetown University
  • The George Washington University
  • George Mason University
  • The University of Maryland, College Park
  • The University of Virginia

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2014 Summer Dates & Locations

Leadership Conference for High School Students - Washington, DC
Washington, DC
Bethesda Marriott
Bethesda, MD
  • Jun 15 - Jun 21 *
  • Jun 29 - Jul 5 *
  • Jul 13 - Jul 19 *
  • Jul 27 - Aug 2 *
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*Optional College Tour Extension Available

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Tuition

Tuition for the National Young Leaders Conference includes instruction and supervision, program activities and site explorations, two meals per day, program materials and transportation during the program.

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Scholarship

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 Young Leaders Conference for me?

This program is for you if you are a high-achieving high 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 welcomed from qualified students in grades 9-12 during the 2013-2014 school year.

What happens after I enroll?

After you enroll, you will receive an enrollment confirmation email. We will provide you with more detailed information regarding your session prior to the start of the program.

It is important that you enroll early. Spaces fill quickly and students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Enroll online now to secure your spot in the program.

What happens if the program is full?

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.

What is the dress code for this program?

You should plan to wear professional clothing for most of your time at the program. Ladies’ professional clothing includes suits, dresses, skirts, dress slacks, blouses and sweaters. Skirts must be knee-length or longer. Sleeveless shirts are not acceptable. Appropriate clothing for gentlemen includes business suits, sports coats and dress pants.

There will be opportunities for you to wear casual attire, including jeans. Comfortable dress shoes are essential (heels are not recommended). You will be walking a great deal throughout the program. 

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?

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

What is the College Tour Extension?

As part of the National Young Leaders Conference experience, you have the option of extending your time at the program with the four day College Tour Extension. Tour top schools in the Washington, DC area while enjoying cultural highlights around the city. Have dinner in downtown Charlottesville or Washington, DC’s Chinatown neighborhood! Past College Visits Have Included*:

  • Georgetown University – one of the nation’s leading academic and research institutions, this prestigious university offers an educational experience that prepares the next generation of leaders to make a difference in the world.
  • The George Washington University – this urban campus is located at the heart of U.S. government, policy, and law. Science, technology, media, politics, and the arts converge in Washington, DC, giving students the opportunity to work alongside current thought leaders and preparing them to be the next generation of leaders.
  • George Mason University – as the largest and most diverse university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Mason’s reach is global. Its location just 15 miles outside of Washington, DC offers students unprecedented access to cutting-edge research, cultural experiences and internship opportunities. The university’s strong academic tradition is setting the gold standard for the modern, public university.
  • The University of Maryland, College Park – this suburban campus houses everything from sciences and humanities to research and business. University faculty and resources combine to generate ideas and invention, encouraging students to become leaders of social change.
  • The University of Virginia – the historic campus of this highly-ranked public university is located in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia. Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the university sustains the ideal of developing, through education, leaders who are well-prepared to help shape the future of the nation.

*Please note that the colleges listed are provided as an example of the quality of your Extension experience. The 2014 College Tour Extension schedule and site visits may vary.

Organization & Affiliations

Who is Envision?

Envision has been offering experiential programs to motivated students since 1985. Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students in more than 145 countries, with programs designed to build skills through experience. The Envision family of programs offers a complete continuum of leadership and career exploration programs, incorporating the Global Young Leaders Conference, the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, Congressional Youth Leadership Council, LeadAmerica and the National Youth Leadership Forums on Medicine, National Security and Law and CSI. 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 National Young Leaders Conference includes housing, instruction and supervision, program activities and site explorations, two meals per day, program materials and charter bus transportation during the program.

Transportation to and from Washington, DC is NOT included in your tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for personal spending on items such as souvenirs, one meal per day, snacks and other incidentals. 

How do I apply for a scholarship?

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?

We understand that fundraising may delay your application submission. Please contact the Office of Admissions once you begin your fundraising campaign. The Office of Admissions cannot guarantee a space at the program, but your call will make us aware of your intent to attend.

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, operations personnel and program coordinators.

For more than 25 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 arriving within the travel window at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) and providing transportation to the program site.
  • 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 and taking attendance throughout the program.
  • Checking rooms nightly and ensuring that students remain in their rooms.
  • Employing night monitors to support students who may become ill or have an emergency during the night.
  • Equipping all staff members with mobile communication devices.

Travel & Accommodations

Where will I stay?

For the summer 2014 National Young Leaders Conference program, students and staff will reside at the Bethesda Marriott hotel, located just outside of Washington, DC.

How many students share a room?

Each room will house three students. Each room is complete with two single or two double beds, a roll-away bed, dressers, closet space and a bathroom with a shower. You will have your own bed. Linens, blankets, pillows and towels will be provided.

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 with me?

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.

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 Washington, DC. 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?

Envision staff will be at the designated airports to assist you with your arrival and departure. We will also ensure there is shuttle service for you to get you from designated airports to campus sites one the first and last days of your program. The shuttle service fee is $35 each way or $70 round-trip.

Note: More details about the designated airport, arrival windows and the airport shuttle service will be provided to you on your personal MyEnvisionExperience.com Web page after you enroll in the program.

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 also may 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-program 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 ask your mentors to complete the survey no later than one week prior to your arrival. You will see the results during 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, halal, and other dietary needs can be met, provided the request is submitted prior to the start of the program. When you complete the Student Information Form after you enroll, 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 program. 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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If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Admissions.

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