The National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): National Security – Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense is a six-day program that prepares high school students for careers in defense, intelligence, and the diplomatic corps.
At NYLF National Security, you will join other students who are interested in the many disciplines that help keep this country – and its citizens – safe. You will also have the opportunity to get an in-depth look at how the United States plans for peace and prepares for crisis.
For over 22 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.
Activities & Benefits
Is a diplomacy, intelligence or defense career in your future? At NYLF National Security, you will:
- Hear about real-world national security challenges from keynote speaker Chuck Hagel, former US Secretary of Defense
- Get an up-close look at the national security infrastructure of the United States through site experiences, a career fair, a real-world crisis simulation, and interactions with nationally recognized speakers
- Enhance your leadership profile and prepare to make decisions about your leadership career in the national security, defense, intelligence or diplomatic fields
- 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
- Have the opportunity to be chosen to honor our fallen at Arlington Cemetery by laying a wreath during the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.
- Make lasting friendships with other future leaders in national security
By completing this program, you are eligible to receive college credit from George Mason University.