National Young Leaders Conference for Middle and High School Students
Leadership Development

National Young Leaders State Conference: LeadNow 2016

Enrollment for Spring 2016 will open this fall.


Experience the National Young Leaders State Conference

The National Young Leaders State Conference (NYLSC): LeadNow 2016 honors high-achieving students across the country who are ready to step forward as leaders. The 2016 curriculum is uniquely developed to provide students who attend with the critical 21st century personal leadership skills that will ensure their success in school and beyond.

The NYLSC LeadNow 2016 curriculum is focused on introducing students to the five essential skills identified by research as leading to college and career success:

  1. Communication
  2. Collaboration
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Creativity
  5. Goal Setting

Through NYLSC’s engaging and interactive activities, delivered under the mentorship of an experienced faculty adviser, students begin practicing and applying these skills with their peers.

At the completion of the program, students will receive a personalized NYLSC LeadNow 2016 Certification, demonstrating their success at applying these new skills at the program, and signaling their commitment to continue utilizing these new skills to ensure their success in school and beyond.

Activities and Benefits

  • Students will participate in the NYLSC LeadNow 2016 Leadership Challenge using an exclusive gaming simulator powered by SimCity, providing our students with a hands-on tool to use their newly acquired skills in real world situations. In the simulation, students play the role of mayor, doing the challenging work of addressing environmental impact while balancing the employment needs of the city and the happiness of the citizens.

  • Through the ACT ENGAGE Personal Skills Assessment, NYLSC students explore the importance of motivation, engagement, and self-regulation, and receive a personalized report that enables them to capitalize on their strengths while identifying areas in which they can continue to develop. 

  • An important component within the NYLSC curriculum is our Community Service Project Committee which instills in its students the importance of giving back to one’s community.   Students enhance their project planning skills in this student-led committee to create and manage a real-life service project for a local community.
Leadership Styles Discovery
Discover the Leader Within
  • Develop your personal leadership skills. Learn to effectively resolve conflict, make decisions and set goals through workshops, role-playing exercises and constructive feedback sessions.
  • Create a Personal Leadership Plan to use as a guide once you leave the conference to achieve your goals and to be successful in school, college and career.
  • Improve your self-confidence and realize your potential to make a difference.
Enhance Your Leadership Skills Program
Enhance Your Leadership Skills
  • Enhance your ability to take the lead on community and group projects.
  • Get first-hand leadership experience as you work with peers to shape your conference experience. Facilitate student-led discussions and plan program events, including the Variety Show.
  • Gain valuable leadership insights as you learn to embrace diversity and navigate group dynamics.
Step Into Your Future
Step into Your Future
  • The National Young Leaders State Conference enables you to put your leadership skills into action.
  • Discover your passions and create a clear road map to high school, college and career success.
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2016 Dates & Locations

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Tuition & Fundraising


Your National Young Leaders State Conference tuition is an investment in personal growth and critical skills development that will prepare you for school, college and career success.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Eligibility & Nomination

Is the National Young Leaders State Conference for me?

This program is for you if you are a high-achieving 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 welcomed from qualified students in grades 6-9 during the 2014-2015 school year.

What happens after I enroll?

After you enroll, you will receive an enrollment confirmation email. A personalized URL will be created for you – your 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 page.

What happens if the program is full? Is there a wait list?

NYLSC is a very popular regional program and the allotted spaces for each session fill quickly. If your preferred session is full, we encourage you to choose another session. You may also request to be put on a wait list for 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 enrollment deadline?

The deadline date is the date that enrollment closes for NYLSC. 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 program.

Can I see a schedule of program activities?

Yes. You may view a NYLSC sample schedule, which demonstrates the kinds of activities you will be participating in as part of this fun and challenging program experience. Schedules and activities are continually evolving, so please keep in mind that this schedule could change.

What is the dress code for this program?

Upon arrival on Thursday and for departure on Sunday, 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). Casual attire (which does not include athletic wear) is permitted for the remainder of your time at the program.

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

What is the code of conduct for this program?

Attending NYLSC is fun, but it is also an honor. Like all meaningful experiences, you will get out of it what you put in to your time spent at this exciting regional program. You are expected to conduct yourself as a 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 program rules.

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?

Tuition for the four-day NYLSC includes all housing, instruction and supervision, all curricular materials and activities, and all meals from dinner Thursday through breakfast Sunday.

Transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for souvenirs 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 NYLSC is our highest priority. The program occurs 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:

  • Maintaining a student-to-staff ratio of 12-to-1.
  • Attendance is taken throughout the program, and students are required to attend all program activities.
  • Checking rooms nightly and ensuring that students remain in their rooms.
  • Staff member rooms are interspersed among student rooms on each hallway in residential housing.
  • 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.

Am I allowed to bring medication to the program?

Middle school students can bring medication to the program.  Parents or guardians also have the option to turn medication in to program staff. Regardless of whether medication is turned in to program staff or kept with the student, a Student Medication Form with instructions and a parent/guardian signature must be submitted to staff. This form can be found on your page once your enrollment is complete.

Travel & Accommodations

Where will I stay?

For the 2016 NYLSC sessions, you will reside at a premium hotel or conference center.

How many students share a room?

You will share a room with one or two other students. You will each have your own 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.

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.

Who will meet me at the hotel?

A member of the program staff will greet you at the hotel. Registration will be clearly marked with signs and staff members will be on hand to answer your questions and guide you through the registration process.

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 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 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 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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