NYLF Engineering Summer Program Students
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National Youth Leadership Forum: Engineering & Technology

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Experience NYLF Engineering & Technology

NYLF Engineering Video OverviewThe National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Engineering & Technology program is designed specifically for high school students with an interest in engineering and technology and the many careers available in these dynamic fields.

Throughout the eight days of this exciting and interactive summer program, you will reside on a prominent college campus enabling you to experience campus life and campus culture while you explore the emerging fields of sustainable design, 3-D modeling, game and web development, robotics and the many disciplines of engineering. 

You may attend the program at any one of these schools, all of which are ranked among the top five engineering schools nationally according to U.S. News & World Report

  • Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA) 
  • The University of California, Berkeley (near San Francisco, CA) 
  • The Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (near Boston, MA)

At NYLF Engineering & Technology, you will be surrounded by other highly motivated school students who share your passion, and you will be challenged to put your applied knowledge to the test by taking part in engaging workshops and simulations.

You will also strengthen the time management, information analysis, public speaking, critical thinking and problem solving skills that are “must haves” according to today’s top colleges and employers!

Activities & Benefits

Join the next generation of engineering and technology innovators at the nation’s top universities for engineering! At NYLF Engineering & Technology, you will:

  • Develop your own digital model and witness a demonstration of 3-D printing technology.
  • Program a microprocessor to fly a model helicopter during the Helicopter Electronics Workshop, which was developed by Andrew Barry, a Ph.D. Candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
  • Engage in each step of the Engineering Design Process as you learn the foundations of VEX Robotics programming and explore motion and mechanisms in the Robotics Challenge.
  • Experience college culture while residing on the campus of Georgia Tech, The University of California, Berkeley or Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, and explore the educational pathways that can lead to a fulfilling career.
  • Enjoy the sights and sounds of your host city, including Boston's Freedom Trail, Atlanta's Stone Mountain Park, or San Francisco's Pier 39.

By completing NYLF Engineering & Technology, you are eligible for college credit from Loras College.



    As part of the NYLF Engineering & Technology experience, students meet and interact with the innovators who are moving the needle in technology today.

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    Alumni of NYLF Engineering & Technology are tomorrow’s leaders in innovation. Meet our alumni.


Engineering Camp For High School Students
Past Forum Speakers
  • Dr. Martin Buehler, Chief Robotist & Research Principle Investigator, iRobot
  • Dr. Prasun Desai, Aerospace Engineer, NASA
  • Dr. Steve S. Holt, Professor of Physics, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Dr. Carol Livermore, Assistant Professor of Manufacturing, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT, MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team
  • Dr. Cherry A. Murray, Dean, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Harvard University
  • Dr. James D. Plummer, Dean, School of Engineering, Stanford University
  • Dr. James Wade, Vice President of Mission Assurance, Raytheon
Engineering Summer Camp
Interactive Curriculum
  • Engineering Design & Management
  • Electronics
  • Green Technology & Sustainability
  • Robotics
  • Computer Programming
  • Web & Game Design
  • 3-D Modeling & Printing
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Circuit Design & Wiring
Top Engineering Colleges
Past and Upcoming Site Visits
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • NASA Ames Exploration Center
  • Yahoo!
  • The Tech Museum of Innovation
  • Cisco Systems
  • Intel
  • TechShop San Francisco
  • Honeywell
  • Stanford University

2016 Dates & Locations

Summer Engineering Programs for High School Students - Atlanta, GA
Atlanta, GA
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, GA
  • Jul 6 - Jul 13
  • Jul 16 - Jul 23
Summer Engineering Programs for High School Students - Berkeley, CA
San Francisco, CA
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
  • Jun 19 - Jun 26
  • Jul 2 - Jul 9
  • Jul 13 - Jul 20


Boston, MA
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Needham, MA
  • Jun 25 - Jul 2
  • Jul 30 - Aug 6

Tuition & Fundraising


Tuition for NYLF Engineering & Technology includes a full schedule of classes, briefings, lectures, simulations, a personalized Certificate of Merit, housing accommodations at a university or college dormitory, on-campus meals, course materials and lab fees, transportation as needed for off-campus activities, 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 National Youth Leadership Forum: Engineering & Technology for me?

This summer program is for you if you are a motivated high school student, in grades 9-12 during the 2015-2016 academic year, and you are ready to prepare for college and an exciting career in engineering or technology. Many of our students are nominated by educators, community leaders, partner organizations and participating institutions, but open enrollments are welcome and 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.

What is the dress code for this program?

Program staff will advise students of the appropriate attire for each day’s activities which will be one of the following type of outfits: 

Professional Attire

Women:  Includes suits (skirts or pants), dresses, coordinated skirts of at least fingertip length or dress slacks and blouses/sweaters.  Shoulders must be covered at all times with a jacket or sweater.   Professional, closed-toe dress shoes are required for some site visits.  Heels are not recommended.  

Men:  Includes suits or dress pants, dress shirts and ties with a sport coat.  A sweater or vest over shirt and tie may be worn, but a sport coat or suit jacket is required at all times.  Professional, closed-toe dress shoes are required.

Relaxed Professional Attire

Women:  Includes suits (skirts or pants), dresses, coordinated skirts of at least fingertip length or dress slacks and blouses/sweaters.  Shoulders must be covered at all times with a jacket or sweater.  Women may wear loafers, flats, dress sandals or professional open-toed shoes.  Heels are not recommended.

Men:  Includes polo shirts, button down shirts, golf shirts, sweaters, khaki pants and loafers.  Dress shoes or loafers are required.

Casual Attire

Women:  Includes jeans in good condition, non-athletic shorts of at least fingertip length, Capri pants, skirts, knit shirts, program apparel, sneakers and sandals.  Shoulders must be covered at all times with a jacket or sweater.  Casual, comfortable walking shoes (such as Toms), athletic shoes, or sandals are acceptable 

Men:  Includes non-athletic shorts, cargo shorts/pants or jeans in good condition, sweatshirts, T-shirts, program apparel.  Casual, comfortable walking shoes (such as Toms), athletic shoes, or sandals are acceptable.  

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 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 NYLF Engineering & Technology 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, program faculty and supervisory staff.

Your transportation to and from the program location, however, 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 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 2016 NYLF Engineering & Technology program, you have the choice of three exciting campus locations, including the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering near Boston, MA, the University of California, Berkeley, near San Francisco, CA, and Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA.

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 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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