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Where Next Generation Leaders Are Made

Great leaders learn from history. At the Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC), 5th and 6th grade students have the extraordinary opportunity to spend six amazing days* in and around the nation's capital, experience the power of democracy among the monuments, be inspired by exemplary stories of courage, collaborate to discover solutions to some of the issues they face today, and spend a night in a museum among new friends.

*Five days for commuters/day program attendees

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Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Start your leadership journey at the Junior National Young Leaders Conference. During this six-day Envision program, Washington, DC will serve as a living classroom for students while they develop important leadership skills and enjoy the educational experience of a lifetime.  

With a focus on influential figures from American history and social advocacy, JrNYLC is a program packed with fun and engaging site experiences as well as hands-on activities that bring the concepts and skills of effective leadership to life.

Students at JrNYLC learn to work together as they develop action plans that they can put into practice in their homes and communities, and continue beyond their conference experience. Students will also explore monuments and memorials around our nation's capital and be a special guest at historic Harpers Ferry National Park.

Please note, we are currently evaluating all aspects of JrNYLC and may make changes to the curriculum to ensure that the program meets the most up-to-date health and safety standards.

2021 Dates & Tuition

Washington, D.C. The College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center June 20-25 | June 27-July 2 | July 11-16 | July 18-23 | July 25-30 Res   $2,395
Day   $1,995*
* Day programs are for students who live within daily commuting distance of the program location and who do not wish to reside with other students during the program. The day program also concludes one day prior to the dates listed.

Residential tuition includes room & board, site visits & transportation during the program, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and faculty & staff. Day tuition does not include room & board  and the program concludes one day prior to the residential program.

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Motivational keynote speaker, All-American NCAA National Champion wrestler Anthony Robles
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.

Junior National Young Leaders Conference student participating in the Voices of Change Project
Voices of Change Project

Students will be immersed in this collaborative, conference-long project, where they will practice real-world leadership skills by devising an action-oriented organization to create positive change at their schools and in their communities.

Students engaged in learning the history of Harpers Ferry National Park
Mount Vernon

In past years, students traveled to Mount Vernon, the home of the first president of the United States, George Washington. While at Washington's home, the students reflected on leadership and participated in a simulation.

Junior National Young Leaders Conference students interacting with the engaging exhibits at Maryland Science Center
A Night at the Museum

Prior Residential students had the exclusive opportunity to spend the night at the Maryland Science Center among mummies, dinosaurs, and space exhibits. They had fun while learning about both the past and the future!



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 choose to use one of our payment options.

JrNYLC Family Program

Available for select sessions, the JrNYLC Family Program allows family members of JrNYLC attendees to enjoy their own unique experience while their scholar is at JrNYLC. Family Program curriculum includes visits to historic Washington, D.C. monuments, memorials, and museums. Interested family members can sign up for this program when completing the JrNYLC enrollment process or any time prior to the program, space permitting.

The cost of the Family Program is $695 for each attendee and includes site visits and transportation during provided guided events, lunch and dinner on select days, lectures, curriculum and materials. Housing and transportation to and from the airport is not included.

Space for the Family Program is limited and only available for the following dates:

June 20-June 24 | June 27-July 1 | July 11-July 15 | July 18-July 22

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2020-2021 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.

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. Most of our students are either nominated by educators or selected through our academic partnerships; however, we do accept a limited number of students through our competitive application process. If you have not been nominated or selected but are interested in taking advantage of the life-changing opportunities that the program provides, we encourage you to submit an application today.

  • What is the code of conduct for this program?

    Attending JrNYLC is fun, but it is also an honor. Like all meaningful experiences, you only get out what you put into your time spent at this exciting conference. 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.

  • What is included in tuition?

    Your tuition for the JrNYLC 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 (excluding lunch on arrival and departure days) as well as private motor coach transportation to all program locations are also covered.

    However, your transportation to and from Washington, D.C. 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 our professionally trained Envision team, including advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel, operations personnel, and program coordinators.

    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. 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
    • 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

    *There is an $80 nonrefundable round-trip fee for shuttle service or a $40 fee for one-way shuttle service.

  • What is the difference between the residential and day options?

    You have two options when enrolling in JrNYLC: a residential option and a day option.

    Students who choose the Residential option will work and stay at the Conference site for the program duration and will participate in additional simulations in the evenings. 

    Students who choose the Day option will be checked in each morning after breakfast and checked out each evening before dinner. Day students participate in all site visits to Washington, D.C.; however, the day program ends a day before the residential program.

    The benefit of the Day program is flexibility in scheduling. Additionally, some students may not feel comfortable with a Residential option, and the Day option allows for these students to still participate in the program and awaken their leadership potential.

  • Where will I stay?

    For the summer 2021 JrNYLC sessions, 5th and 6th grade students, along with staff, will reside at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Hyattsville, MD. The housing site is located just outside of Washington, D.C. and is ideally suited for students 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. You will have your own bed, which may include a roll-away bed. 

  • Can my parents attend the program?

    Gaining independence, including experiencing new things on your own, is an essential part of your growth during the program. Because of this, your parents or guardians are not allowed to accompany you during the program; however, they and your other family members are welcome to enroll in the JrNYLC Family Program. Available for select sessions, the JrNYLC Family Program allows attendees to enjoy their own unique curriculum. Attendees will also join the students for their Voices of Change ceremony and enjoy Anthony Robles’ keynote speech.

  • 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 call our Office of Admissions for more information or to discuss your particular needs prior to enrolling in the program. We may be able to provide you with auxiliary aids and services to assist you. 
  • Do I need to make my own flight arrangements?

    Yes. Your tuition does not include transportation for arrival to and departure from the program location. We recommend that you make necessary flight arrangements only AFTER you receive confirmation that you are officially enrolled.

  • What are the pre-program assignments?

    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 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.