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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 6 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.

*5 days for commuters/day program attendees

About Junior National Young Leaders Conference

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 as they develop important 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 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, continuing 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.

Experience and Growth

Students will explore our nation’s most important monuments and memorials and discover how being a good leader not only requires courage, but also brings with it the opportunity to make lasting, positive changes! 

Important success skills in leadership, such as teamwork, communication, collaboration, and problem solving, will be strengthened as students learn about leadership through the lens of American history.

Added confidence and motivation to apply oneself as a leader will help students make positive choices in their daily lives, face future challenges, and ensure their success in middle school, high school, and beyond. 

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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

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

Harpers Ferry, WV

Students will travel to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park in West Virginia to take on the roles of famous leaders and figures from America’s past. They will study John Brown’s historic 1859 raid to see the consequences that leadership choices can have.

A Night At the Museum

Students have the exclusive opportunity to spend the night at the Maryland Science Center among mummies, dinosaurs, and space exhibits. They will have fun while learning about both the past and the future!


2018 Program Details

Washington, DC The College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center June 10-15 | June 17-22 | June 24-29 | July 8-13 | July 15-20 | July 22-27 | July 29-August 3 Res   $2,295
Day   $1,695*
* 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 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.


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



Let us show you how other students use fundraising to cover some or all of their tuition costs. Make fundraising part of your personal success story. LEARN MORE

Payment Plan

Payment Plan

You may pay in full today or choose to use one of our payment options.


"Attending both conferences gave me the life and leadership skills I needed to take a stand and put a group together, work with them, and lead them to help make a difference in our community.” 

- Brandon G.

Nominees from Marietta Sixth Grade Academy attended the JrNYLC program in Washington, DC in the summer of 2015. 

Watch a video about their JrNLYC experience.

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 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 of it what you put in to 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 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 our professionally trained Envision team, including 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
    • 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 a $70 nonrefundable roundtrip fee for shuttle service or a $35 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.  Additionally, on the eve of the final day of the program, residential students will travel to Baltimore, MD for dinner and a sleepover adventure at the Maryland Science Center.

    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, DC and Harpers Ferry, WV; however, the day program ends a day before the residential program, and day students DO NOT travel to Baltimore or sleep over at the Maryland Science Center. It is possible for Day students to add the museum overnight to their experience for a fee when completing their enrollment. 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 2018 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, DC 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?

    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 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 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 will also 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.