Elementary student participates in NYLF: Pathways to Discovery on Engineering, Medicine and CSI
Career Development

National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM

Now Enrolling for 2016



Experience NYLF Pathways to STEM

How would you like to program a robot? Scrub in as a doctor? Investigate a crime?

You may choose to attend the NYLF Pathways to STEM program on any one of these prominent college campuses:

  • Babson College near Boston , MA
  • University of Denver in Denver, CO
  • Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Loyola University in Chicago, IL
  • Westtown School near Philadelphia, PA
  • Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC
  • National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD 

Each campus is carefully chosen to ensure the safety and security of our attending students.  Faculty advisors are with students at all times throughout the program, and students are never permitted to be on their own.

Activities & Benefits 

At NYLF Pathways to STEM, we reward your curiosity with an exciting lineup of hands-on learning experiences. Why should adults have all the fun? Don’t just read about cool careers. Find out – through real-world exploration – what it’s really like to be a detective, a doctor or an engineer. 

  • Work and have fun in groups with other students as you examine, question, research, create, investigate, role-play and explore and learn the curriculum and about yourself. 
  • Learn and apply essential STEM skills as you participate in interactive workshops and projects, while exploring the exciting fields of Crime Scene Investigation, Medicine and Engineering. 
  • Step forward as a leader as you practice important skills such as team building, presentation skills, communication, problem solving, and goal setting.
  • Explore robotics as you program and code a robot in the Sphero Robotics Challenge.

Invest in Your Future 

Be a part of the next generation of innovators, doctors, scientists, software developers and engineers. Virtually all career fields today require a solid foundation of STEM. That’s precisely why these are the fastest growing areas of study, and the reason that STEM professionals are in the highest demand in the United States and throughout the world.  Early exposure to these fields can set you on a path to academic and career success by providing the tools needed to make informed decisions about the future.



Alumni of NYLF Pathways to STEM have invested in their future by exploring career options early. Meet our alumni.


Interactive Career Discovery
Discover STEM Careers & Academics
  • CSI: The Case of the Missing Masterpiece – As a future crime solver and forensic detective, you will apply math and science-based skills and use fun chemistry concepts unlock clues in an actual case.
  • Engineering: Bots & Bridges – Delve into the world of engineering design when you construct and test the strongest bridge and program and code a robot to compete in the robotics challenge.
  • Medicine: The Incredible Human Body – As future a medical intern, you will examine the circulatory system and the heart, perform a dissection, and diagnose a patient.
  • Tablets are used to enhance the curriculum, ensuring an engaging and interactive experience!
Self-discovery and Leadership
Self-Discovery & Skill Development
  • Fuel your creativity and academic success with practical achievements that will help you stand out in your school and in your community.
  • Develop leadership skills by studying character development, practicing team building, improving communication, setting goals and solving problems.
  • Learn more about your strengths and interests and how they create a pathway to a lifetime of rewarding work and studies.
  • Increase your self-confidence, self-awareness and independence.
Program Options for Students and Parents
Thrive in STEM
  • Do more to get ahead: 4 in 5 college students say that K-12 education alone does not adequately prepare you for STEM college courses.
  • Choose the Day Program Option, a five-day career discovery experience that includes lunch and offers convenient drop-off and pick-up times for parents. See the Day Program Option sample schedule.
  • Choose the Residential Program Option, available in all locations. This is a six-day option that includes overnight accommodations and all meals. See the Residential Program Option sample schedule.

2016 Dates & Locations

Boston, MA
Babson College
  • Aug 2 - Aug 7 *
  • Aug 3 - Aug 7 **

*Residential | **Day


Summer Engineering Programs for High School Students - Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
Loyola University
Chicago, IL
  • Jun 12 - Jun 17 *
  • Jun 13 - Jun 17 **

*Residential | **Day


Summer Engineering, Medicine, and CSI Program for Elementary Students - Denver, CO
Denver, CO
University of Denver
Denver, CO
  • Jul 9 - Jul 14 *
  • Jul 10 - Jul 14 **

*Residential | **Day


National Young Leaders State Conference - Florida
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nova Southeastern University
Davie, FL
  • Jun 18 - Jun 23 *
  • Jun 19 - Jun 23 **

*Residential | **Day


Summer Engineering, Medicine, and CSI Program for Elementary Students - New Jersey
Lawrenceville, NJ
Rider University
Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Jul 24 - Jul 29 *
  • Jul 25 - Jul 29 **

*Residential | **Day


National Young Leaders State Conference - Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Westtown School
West Chester, PA
  • Jun 26 - Jul 1 *
  • Jun 27 - Jul 1 **

*Residential | **Day


Summer Engineering, Medicine, and CSI Program for Elementary Students - Raleigh, NC
Winston-Salem, NC
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC
  • Jul 17 - Jul 22 *
  • Jul 18 - Jul 22 **
  • Jul 24 - Jul 29 *
  • Jul 25 - Jul 29 **

*Residential | **Day


Summer Engineering, Medicine, and CSI Program for Elementary Students - Washington D.C.
Washington, DC
National 4-H Youth Conference Center
Chevy Chase, MD
  • Jul 9 - Jul 14 *
  • Jul 10 - Jul 14 **
  • Jul 16 - Jul 21 *
  • Jul 17 - Jul 21 **

*Residential | **Day


Tuition & Financial Assistance


Your NYLF Pathways to STEM 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 Pathways to STEM program for me?

This summer program is for you if you are an elementary school student interested in exploring future career possibilities within the exciting fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). NYLF Pathways to STEM is your springboard to investigating career pathways and learning to be a leader at school and in your community. 

To attend NYLF Pathways to STEM, you must be in grades 3 – 5 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 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 is the enrollment deadline date?

The deadline date is the date that enrollment closes for NYLF Pathways to STEM. 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.

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

NYLF Pathways to STEM is a very popular elementary school summer 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 dress code for this program?

Daily dress code includes solid khaki shorts, skirts, or pants, a solid white or navy blue top and comfortable footwear. A light jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt should be brought in case of cold weather. Comfortable, closed-toe dress shoes are required, as students will be walking a great deal throughout the conference and may spend a considerable amount of time outdoors. Detailed dress code information will be available on 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 Pathways to STEM 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 summer forum. 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?

Your tuition for the residential program at NYLF Pathways to STEM includes all curriculum and instruction, program activities and evening events, overnight housing, program materials and all breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners during the program.

Tuition for the day program includes all curriculum and instruction, all program activities, program materials and all lunches and snacks during the program.

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

Safety & Supervision

How will I be supervised?

Your safety and well-being during NYLF Pathways to STEM 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 an overall student-to-staff ratio of 8-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.
  • A licensed nurse is available on site each day of the program.
  • Equipping all staff members with two-way communication devices.

For more than 28 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.

Travel & Accommodations

Where will I stay if I choose the Residential Program Option?

For NYLF Pathways to STEM, most of the program locations give you the option of staying overnight. If you choose the Residential Program Option, you will reside, along with other students and staff, at safe and secure locations that include universities and conference centers.

How many students share a room?

Each room will house two to four students, depending on the housing location. You will have your own bed. Your room will include fresh linens and towels (but extra blankets and towels are recommended). The bathroom is shared.

How can my parents contact me while I am attending the program?

You must bring a calling card or toll-free number to make long distance calls. You are also permitted to bring a mobile phone to keep in touch with parents, but the mobile device must be turned off during program activities. You may call home before activities begin in the morning and after they have ended in the evening.

Your parents or guardians will have the telephone number to the program’s site office, where they can leave you messages. Additionally, parents and guardians may email the office should they need to relay information to you.

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 my parents visit me?

You will be very busy at NYLF Pathways to STEM. Visits from friends and family are discouraged. However, visits will be permitted if we have a written request from your parent or guardian.

To request a visit, complete the Program Leave Request Form that can be found on your MyEnvisionExperience.com personal Web page after you enroll. Requests must be signed by your parent or guardian and must include a telephone number where your parent or guardian can be reached.

Program Leave Requests must be submitted to the program staff during registration on the first day of the program. We are unable to accept requests prior to the registration date. Visitors must be over the age of 18 and present a government-issued photo ID in order to check you out of 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.

This is my first time away from home. How can I make the most of my experience?

If you are like many of the students in the program, NYLF Pathways to STEM may be your first time away from home. You are encouraged to read “Making the Most of Your Pathways to STEM Experience.”

Also, keep in mind that our energetic program staff will be working hard to make this a fun, safe and enjoyable experience.

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

Is there a pre-program assignment for NYLF Pathways to STEM?

Yes, there is an assignment to be completed before your arrival at the program. Completing the assignment allows you to participate in the exchange of ideas between students while you are attending the program. Please bring your assignments with you on the first day!

Enrolled students can access the assignment details through their personalized webpage at www.MyEnvisionExperience.com.

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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