NYLF National Security

Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense

Grade: 9–12
Duration: 6 Days
Location: Washington, DC

About National Youth Leadership Forum: National Security – Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense

Keeping Your Country Safe

NYLF National Security is an unparalleled experience that gives high school students an early look into careers in defense, intelligence, and the diplomatic corps.

Spend six days in the Washington, DC getting an in-depth view of what it takes to keep this country—and its citizens—safe, and how the United States plans for peace and prepares for crises.

For over 23 years, NYLF National Security has maintained relationships with agencies and national security professionals such as Major General Stanley Hyman, U.S. Army, (Ret.) who currently serves on the board of advisors. 

Get Hands On

Get an up-close look at the national security infrastructure of the United States through site visits and a career fair, and see the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Test your judgment in the face of crisis, design an action plan, and lead a team of peers in solving national-level issues during the Crisis or Crossroads National Security Simulation.

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Interactive Speaking Events
Meet with highly respected civilian policy makers and senior military officers who are responsible for global and national security decisions, as well as veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project and others involved in the implementation of national security strategies in a variety of keynote, panel, and small group speaking events.   Learn More
National Security Career Fair
Meet one-on-one with representatives from all branches of the military, federal agencies, military academies, and private companies to learn about the education and career opportunities available to you. Past participants have included the National Security Agency, West Point, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and more. Learn More
National Security Crisis Simulation
In an engaging, real-world simulation, you’ll see how the nation’s top policy makers employ a crisis decision-making process using critical thinking, leadership, conflict resolution, and public speaking skills to tackle complex national decisions. You’ll receive briefings from national security professionals, which will give you insight into agency collaboration and information analysis.  Learn More
National Security Site Visits
Top professionals will welcome you at government agencies, foreign embassies, and military facilities. Get an inside look at diplomacy, intelligence and defense operations in action at sites such as the U.S. Department of State, the CIA, the Pentagon, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Marine Corps Base Quantico, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. Learn More

2016 Program Details

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Washington, DC National 4-H Youth Conference Center March 1–6 | March 8–13 | March 15–20 GMU College Credit

Tuition & Fundraising


Tuition for NYLF National Security – Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense includes:

  • A full schedule of classes, briefings, lectures, and simulations
  • Housing accommodations
  • All onsite meals
  • Course materials
  • Transportation as needed for site visits
  • Program faculty and supervisory staff
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2016 Program 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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Let us show you how other students use fundraising to cover some or all of their tuition costs. Make fundraising part of your NYLF National Security personal success story.

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Payment Options

You may pay in full today or opt to enroll in our convenient payment plan.

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NYLF National Security FAQs

  • Is NYLF National Security - Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense for me?

    If you are a high school student ready to build a path to success in college and a career in National Security, this program is for you.

    To attend NYLF National Security, you must be in grades 9-12 during the 2015-2016 school year. Many of our students are nominated by educators, leaders from youth organizations and participating institutions, but open enrollments are welcome from qualified high school students who want to make the most of this opportunity.

  • What is included in tuition?

    Your tuition for NYLF National Security includes housing, onsite meals, supervisory personnel, program materials, all program activities, site visits, a Certificate of Completion and local transportation during the program.

    However, your transportation to and from home and Washington, DC is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for offsite meals, souvenirs, snacks and other incidentals.

  • 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. You will be closely supervised by 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 designated airport upon their arrival and providing shuttle service directly to the program site, as well as providing shuttle service back to the airport on departure day.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Where will I stay?

    For the spring 2016 NYLF National Security program, you will reside at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center. 

  • How many students share a room?

    Each room will house two to three students. You will have your own bed.

  • What is the dress code for this program?

    You should plan to wear professional attire during most program events. When professional attire is called for, ladies must wear suits, dresses, blouses, skirts or pants with a jacket. Skirts must fall at or below the knee. Gentlemen must wear a suit or a blazer, shirt, tie and slacks. There will be opportunities during the conference for you to wear relaxed professional attire or casual attire, including jeans.

    Comfortable dress shoes are essential (heels are not recommended). You will be walking a great deal throughout the program.

    Students who belong to organizations or attend military schools with an official professional military uniform may wear their uniforms during the program. Fatigues and casual uniform attire, however, will not be permitted at events requiring professional attire.

  • 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.

  • 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 you are officially enrolled.

  • 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.

  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    We make every effort to meet the dietary needs of all our students, 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.

Have more questions? Check out the Envision FAQs.