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Junior National Young Leaders

Where Young Leaders Make History

Grade: 5–7
Duration: 5–6 days (day and residential options)
Location: Washington, DC


About Junior National Young Leaders Conference

Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Are you ready to be the change? At the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, students develop leadership skills, while having the educational experience of a lifetime.  

With a focus on influential figures from American history and social advocacy, JrNYLC is an experience that is packed with fun and engaging site experiences, including an exclusive visit to the US Capitol’s Floor of the House, as well as hands-on activities that bring the concepts and skills of effective leadership to life.

Students at JrNYLC  learn to work together and collaborate as they develop action plans that they can put into practice in their homes and communities, keeping the conference going long after it ends. 

Lessons From the Past

Washington, DC becomes a living classroom as you explore our nation’s most important monuments and memorials and discover how being a good leader requires courage, but brings with it the opportunity to make lasting, positive changes! 

Develop important skills in leadership, teamwork, communication, collaboration, and problem solving as you learn about leadership through the lens of American history.

Gain the confidence and motivation to apply yourself as a leader during the program, at home, in school, and in your community. Learn to make positive choices in your daily life, face future challenges and ensure your success immediately in middle school, high school, and beyond. 

Program Highlights VIEW MORE

Keynote Speaker: Anthony Robles
Born with one leg, Anthony Robles defied the odds to become a three-time all-American wrestler and the 2011 NCAA National Wrestling Champion. Proving that hard work and a strong belief in yourself can lead anyone to success, Robles now shares his philosophy to remind us all that we have the power to conquer adversity—no matter how overwhelming the odds. 
Voices of Change Project
Immerse yourself in this collaborative, conference-long project, and practice real-world leadership skills by creating an action-oriented organization to create positive change at school and in your community.
Harpers Ferry, WV
Travel to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park in West Virginia to take on the roles of famous leaders and figures from America’s past. You’ll study John Brown’s historic 1859 raid to see the consequences that leadership choices can have. 
A Night At the Museum
Spend the night at the Maryland Science Center among mummies, dinosaurs, and space exhibits. Have some fun while learning about both the past and the future! 

2016 Program Details

Washington, DC Jun 11 – 16 | Jun 12 – 17 | Jun 18 – 23 | Jun 19 – 24 | Jun 25 – 30 | Jun 26 – Jul 1 | Jul 9 – 14 | Jul 10 – 15 | Jul 17 – 22 | Jul 23 – 28 | Jul 24 – 29 | Jul 30 – Aug 4 | Jul 31 – Aug 5 | Aug 7 - 12

*Dates are reflective of the residential program. The day program concludes one day earlier.


Tuition Tuition for JrNYLC covers most of the expenses incurred during the Conference. Tuition DOES NOT cover transportation to and from the program. LEARN MORE


Scholarships Envision offers a limited number of scholarships to qualified students each year based upon financial need, scholastic leadership, achievements, and other factors. LEARN MORE



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Payment Plan

Payment Plan

You may pay in full today or opt to enroll in our convenient payment plan. LEARN MORE

Junior National Young Leaders Conference FAQs

  • Is the Junior National Young Leaders Conference right for me?

    The Junior National Young Leaders Conference is for you if you are a mature and responsible middle school student who has demonstrated leadership potential and academic achievement. Many of our students are nominated by educators, leaders from youth organizations, and participating institutions, but open enrollments are welcome and are considered on a case-by-case basis. 

  • What is included in tuition?

    Your tuition for the Junior National Young Leaders Conference includes housing accommodations (residential program only), instruction, program activities and materials, site explorations and supervision by professional program staff. Your meals and snacks during the program are also covered (excluding lunch on arrival and departure days). Private motor coach transportation to all locations during the program is also included in your tuition.

    However, your transportation to and from Washington, DC is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for personal spending on items such as souvenirs, airport shuttle service, additional snacks and other incidentals. 

  • 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 program coordinators.

    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.
  • Where will I stay?

    For the summer 2016 JrNYLC sessions, you will reside, along with other students and staff, at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD or the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Hyattsville, MD. Both housing sites are located just outside of Washington, DC and are ideally suited for you to enjoy all the program activities that take place in Maryland, West Virginia and our nation’s capital. 

  • How many students share a room?

    Each room will house three to four students, depending on the housing location. You will have your own bed, which may include a roll-away bed. 

  • 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.

  • 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 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.
  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    At JrNYLC, we make every effort to meet all the dietary needs of all of our students. When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.

Have more questions? Check out the Envision FAQs.