High School Students Interested in Digital Media and Broadcast Journalism
Career Development

National Youth Leadership Forum: Digital Media, Film & Journalism

Enrollment for Summer 2015 is now open.

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NYLF Digital Media, Film & Journalism VideoThe National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Digital Media, Film & Journalism in New York & Los Angeles program, in partnership with the New York Film Academy, is the nation’s foremost digital media experience for outstanding high school students who are passionate about exploring career options in the digital media field.

A seven-day creative journey, this exciting summer high school program puts you in the heart of New York City or Los Angeles. NYLF Digital Media, Film & Journalism inspires you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to lead in a multi-media, digital world. Join your high-achieving peers in workshops and simulations that give you experience in digital production, journalism, film editing and audio and video broadcasts.

Experience life on a college campus at Manhattan College in New York City or Occidental College in Los Angeles, where you will reside at the program. Return home from NYLF Digital Media, Film & Journalism, more confident about your college and career choices!

Activities & Benefits

Gain a valuable head start on your career in digital media when you attend the NYLF Digital Media, Film & Journalism program.

At NYLF Digital Media, Film & Journalism, you will:

  • Explore a variety of multimedia professions through the program’s interactive curriculum, simulation exercises, specially-arranged site visits and skills development workshops.
  • Meet and interact with prominent speakers and journalists.  Past speakers include Steve Kandell, Features Editor for BuzzFeed, Amy Ellis Nutt, Pulitzer Prize Recipient and Science Writer, The Washington Post; Irving W. Washington, III, Deputy Director of the Online News Association; and Samuel Freedman, New York Times Columnist, Columbia University Professor and Pulitzer Prize Finalist.
  • Travel to your choice of New York City or Los Angeles for a hands-on digital media experience, in partnership with the New York Film Academy in both locations.
  • Enhance your scholastic credentials as you prepare for the college application process, university life and a rewarding career.
  • Absorb the culture and excitement at the heart of New York City when you visit Times Square, or in Los Angeles, experience the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame and the TCL Chinese Theatre.

By completing this program, you are eligible for college credit from Loras College. You will also receive a New York Film Academy Certificate of Completion for 2015 in this career field of study.



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Past Forum Speakers
Past Forum Speakers
  • Steve Daly, Writer and Reporter, Newsweek and Entertainment Weekly
  • Samuel Freedman, Professor, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism; former Pulitzer Prize finalist
  • Mary Glick, M.A., Associate Director, American Press Institute
  • Ronald Gordon, President, Telemundo
  • Amy Ellis Nutt, Pulitzer Prize Recipient and Science Writer, The Washington Post
  • Lillian A. Smith, CEO, LS Production Works; former Producer, Donahue
  • Jon Wertheim, J.D., Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated
  • Steve Kendall, BuzzFeed Features Editor
Digital Media Studies
Digital Media Studies
  • Examine a wide array of multimedia professions – in front of and behind the camera – to help you make informed choices about your future career.
  • Practice real-world journalism skills, including editing, reporting, source analysis and graphic layout.
  • Produce, edit and publish a digital newspaper or magazine.
  • Explore digital-age reporting: blogging, podcasts and virtual media.
  • Gain important leadership skills – including public speaking, team building and conflict resolution – that will strengthen your abilities in school, in college and in your career!
Hands-On Experiences
Hands-On Experiences
  • Learn the art of directing, staging, videography and post-production at the New York Film Academy in New York City or New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, as you create and shoot a short film or broadcast news segment.
  • Interact with leading journalists, producers and media figures.
  • Hear from engaging guest speakers, who may include media executives, syndicated columnists, reporters, communications professors and journalists.
  • Analyze the role of media within a free society and the importance of the First Amendment.
  • Experience college culture as you increase your independence and self-confidence.

2015 Summer Dates & Locations

National Young Leaders State Conference - West Coast
Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College
  • Jul 29 - Aug 4
Digital Media, Broadcast and Journalism Program for High School Students - New York, NY
New York, NY
Manhattan College
  • Jul 5 - Jul 11
  • Jul 19 - Jul 25
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Tuition & Financial Assistance


Tuition for the National Youth Leadership Forum on Digital Media, Film & Journalism includes a full schedule of classes, briefings, lectures, simulations, a personalized Certificate of Completion, housing accommodations at Manhattan College in New York and Occidental College in Los Angeles, on-campus meals, course materials, transportation during the program, program faculty and supervisory staff.

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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 National Youth Leadership Forum on Digital Media, Film & Journalism program for me?

This summer digital media program is for you if you are a high school student interested in exploring various careers involving the broadcast of video and audio, digital production, journalism, film editing and more.  NYLF Digital Media, Film & Journalism is your springboard to achieving tremendous success in college and in a future digital media career.

To attend NYLF Digital Media, Film & Journalism, you must be in grades 9-12 during the 2014-2015 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 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?

NYLF Digital Media, Film & Journalism is a very popular high 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 pack both relaxed business attire and professional attire for the program. When relaxed business attire is called for, ladies must wear dresses, skirts (no mini-skirts, short shorts or leggings) or slacks (no denim or capris) with blouses or polo shirts; gentlemen must wear button-down, polo or collared shirts and slacks (no denim or cargo pants).

When professional attire is required, ladies must wear dresses, suits or skirts/slacks with a jacket and blouse; gentlemen must wear a suit or sport jacket with dress pants, dress shirt and tie.

There will be opportunities during the conference for you to wear casual attire, including jeans. Comfortable dress shoes are essential. You will be walking a great deal throughout the conference.

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 Digital Media, Film & Journalism 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 Digital Media, Film & Journalism. 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 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 NYLF Digital Media, Film & Journalism includes a full schedule of classes, briefings, lectures, simulations, a personalized Certificate of Completion, housing accommodations at a university or college dormitory, on-campus meals, course materials, transportation as needed for off-campus activities, supervisory personnel and program faculty.

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 off-campus meals, souvenirs, 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. 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 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.

Travel & Accommodations

Where will I stay?

For the summer 2015 NYLF Digital Media, Film & Journalism program, you will reside on the campus of Manhattan College if you choose New York City or on the campus of Occidental College if you choose Los Angeles.  Your experience will also take you to the New York Film Academy, where you will take part in an exciting film and media career workshop.

How many students share a room?

Each room will house two to three students. You will 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.

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?

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 program 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 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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