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Envision programs are for you if you are an elementary, middle, or high school student interested in exploring future career possibilities, preparing for college, and honing your leadership skills. An Envision program can be your springboard to investigating career pathways and learning to be a leader at school and in your community.
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.
Please see our Program Detail Pages for specifics about each Envision experience.
After you enroll, you will receive an enrollment confirmation email. A personalized “MyEnvisionExperience.com” page will be created for you where you can find important program updates, mandatory travel and information forms, 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.
If the program you wish to enroll in is full, you will be placed on a wait list and your payment will not be processed. If space becomes available, we will contact you to confirm your interest to attend before proceeding with enrollment.
The deadline date is the date that enrollment closes. 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.
Envision understands that diamonds in the rough are often overlooked by our nomination process but we LOVE self-starters. We encourage all aspirational students with an interest in trying a career, building future skills, and a creating a path to success to apply to Envision. To learn more about our admissions process, acceptance criteria, and to begin your application, visit our Admissions page.
Your tuition includes all curriculum and instruction, program activities, site visits and events, overnight housing, program materials, at least two meals a day, a Certificate of Completion, and local transportation during the program.
Transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will need money for meals not provided, snacks, souvenirs, and other incidentals.
Most Envision programs give you the option of paying your tuition in full or to take advantage of one of our payment plans. Please see your program’s detail page for payment specifics.
We are proud to offer a limited number of scholarships to eligible students, opening the door to young leaders from a variety of backgrounds. Many students also fundraise to pay for most or all of their tuition costs. See the Envision scholarships and fundraising pages for more information.
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 secured your space in the program. It is always a good idea to contact our Office of Admissions once you begin your fundraising campaign.
If you have applied for a scholarship, you will be notified by email about two weeks after the scholarship deadline date, or by mail approximately three weeks after the deadline date has passed. The scholarship deadline date can be found on the scholarships page.
Depending on your program, you and other students and staff will reside at safe and secure locations that include hotels, college campuses, and conference centers.
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.
We do honor roommate requests. However, one of the important benefits of attending an Envision program is the opportunity to network with and get to know peers outside your current circle of friends.
Yes. Your tuition does not include transportation between your home and the program location. We recommend that you make necessary flight or other travel arrangements only AFTER you receive confirmation that you are officially enrolled.
Envision staff will meet all students who arrive and depart within the specified travel window(s) at the designated airport. We will also ensure that there is shuttle service to get you from your program’s designated airport to your program site on the first and last day of your program. The shuttle service fee is $40 each way or $80 round-trip. This fee is comparable to, and in some cases less than, what you would pay for a ride-sharing or taxi service, and students will be supervised by staff.
More details about the designated airport, travel windows, and the airport shuttle service will be available on your personal MyEnvisionExperience.com page after you enroll in the program.
If you are attending a Middle School program and arrive within the specified arrival window, Envision staff will meet you at your arrival gate. You may travel with an Unaccompanied Minor status with your airline as long as you are arriving within the specified arrival window.
More details about Unaccompanied Minor status for our Middle School programs will be available on your personal MyEnvisionExperience.com page after you enroll in the program.
If you are attending a High School program and arrive within the specified arrival window, Envision staff will meet you at the designated meeting location in the baggage claim area. Envision staff are unable to meet you at your arrival gate; therefore you may not travel with an Unaccompanied Minor status with your airline. As airline policies vary, it is important to check with each airline about their Unaccompanied Minor requirements before booking your flight(s).
More details about the designated airport meeting locations will be available on your personal MyEnvisionExperience.com page after you enroll in the program.
When airlines offer the additional assistance of their personnel to a minor traveling without a parent, guardian, or other trusted adult, the airline refers to this as Unaccompanied Minor (UM) status. When flying with Unaccompanied Minor status, an adult must escort the minor to their departure gate and remain at the gate until the flight is in air. Upon the minor’s arrival at their final destination, an authorized adult must be present at the arrival gate to greet the minor and escort them through the airport.
Not all minors are required to travel using Unaccompanied Minor status. Generally, airlines require passengers within a given age bracket to use the Unaccompanied Minor status and each airline has different age requirements to define the status. Additionally, almost all airlines charge a fee for Unaccompanied Minor service. As each airline sets their own Unaccompanied Minor policies and fees, it is advisable to contact the airline directly for specific information.
No. Any fees associated with traveling as an Unaccompanied Minor are not included in the program tuition. Unaccompanied Minor fees are set by the airline and are considered part of your transportation cost, which is not included in the program tuition. Please keep this in mind when choosing your airline.
Envision offers the option to purchase Tuition and Travel Protection Plan coverage through US Fire. Plans contain both insurance coverage, underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company, as well as non-insurance assistance services provided by On Call International. You may purchase this plan when you enroll. You also may select this option after enrollment through your post-enrollment page at MyEnvisionExperience.com. Please note that the benefits, terms & conditions may vary by state. If you or your parents would like more specifics about the Tuition and Travel Protection Plan, please call the plan administrator at (866) 282-3987.
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 advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel, operations personnel, and a program lead.
For over 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:
* There is an $80 nonrefundable round-trip fee for shuttle service or a $40 fee for one-way shuttle service.
No. Gaining independence, including experiencing new things on your own, is an essential part of your growth during the program, so your parents or guardians are not allowed to accompany you. 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. Select programs may offer simultaneous family programs; check your program invitation materials or the program's web page for details.
You are permitted to bring a mobile phone to keep in touch with parents, but it 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.
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.
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.
Different programs have their own dress codes, but in general, students are expected to be professional and presentable during program activities and course time. Comfortable shoes should be worn, as students will be walking a great deal during most programs. Please see your program’s page for dress code specifics. This information will also be included in your acceptance materials.
Attending an Envision program is fun, but it is also an honor. Like all meaningful experiences, you only get out of it what you put into your time spent at this exciting 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. Failure to do this may result in dismissal from the program and forfeiture of tuition.
The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. To aid in this assessment, you must complete the PAIRIN scholar survey and the Feedback for Understanding Emerging Leaders (FUEL) assignment.
Envision has partnered with PAIRIN to help students understand their strengths, develop soft skills, measure soft skill growth and explore different career paths. PAIRIN utilizes a simple process to create lasting impact: measure 102 soft skills through a survey, map the soft skills attributes to the relevant context (career readiness or a specific career path), and then develop soft skills through curriculum and coaching tips. Students should complete PAIRIN prior to arrival at the program and bring their Readiness Report with them.
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.
Envision is a leading experiential education organization dedicated to enabling students of all ages to explore their interests and gain critical learning experiences beyond the classroom. Envision offers programs to help students develop the leadership, scholarship, and career skills needed to succeed in the competitive 21st century. See Our Story for more detailed information about our history of successful educational programs, our leadership, and our partners.
All Envision programs are designed to align with Common Core State Standards and other national standards for education.
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.
No. Envision is a nonpartisan educational organization.