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Program Highlights

Voices of Change Project

Junior National Young Leaders Conference student participating in the Voices of Change ProjectWorking as a group, students will choose a topic that they believe presents a problem in today’s society and develop an organization to combat the problem. Students will conduct research to fully understand the problem they’re facing and create an organization that positively promotes social change. They will collaborate as a group, using each team member’s strengths, to educate others and take action to combat the problem. At the end of the project, students will present their work to other groups and will hopefully continue their project upon returning home.

For example, JrNYLC alumni Brandon Greene transformed his Voices of Change project into a real organization, A Better Community, to combat bullying. He was honored for his work and invited to the White House to meet President Obama.

Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount VernonStudents experience the rich history of America’s past as they reflect on leadership at the home of the nation's first president. While at George Washington's home, they also learn the ins and outs of daily life at the time and practice leadership during the Be Washington simulation. During the first-person, interactive leadership experience, the students come face to face with four unique challenges that George Washington confronted as commander in chief.


A Night at the Museum*

Junior National Young Leaders Conference students interacting with the engaging exhibits at Maryland Science CenterJrNYLC attendees end their experience with an adventure at the Maryland Science Center, where they will spend the evening surrounded by blue crabs, Newton’s Alley, and space exhibits. This after-hours opportunity to explore the museum allows students to conduct experiments, walk into a beating heart chamber, test their nerves on the bed of nails, and discover life beyond earth, including the SciLab and the Power Up! Exhibits, where they can conduct experiments and experienced everything electric. Students can also explore the latest findings in space and aerospace science, and discover life beyond earth as they learn about how scientists detect distant “exoplanets.” Students also have access to the museum's IMAX movies.

*Note: This was included for Residential students. However, Day students can add the museum evening and final night to their experience for a fee when completing their enrollment.

Keynote Speaker: Anthony Robles 

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

When Anthony Robles was born without a right leg, doctors had no explanation for the birth defect and there was little hope he would lead a normal life. His mom, however, always told him that God made him that way for a reason and encouraged him to pursue his dream of wrestling.

At 14, Robles tried out for his school’s wrestling team and became the smallest kid on the lineup, finishing his first year in last place at the Mesa City wrestling tournament. But against all odds, Robles believed he could one day be a champion wrestler and proved to be an unstoppable force. With the support of his mother and coaches, he went from being last in the city to finishing his junior and senior years at Mesa High School as a two-time Arizona State Champion and a high school National Champion with a 96-0 record.

Despite finishing high school on top, Robles once again faced prejudice in the sport of wrestling, as no college wrestling programs believed he could excel at the next level. Through bold determination, he "walked on" at Arizona State University and made it his mission to prove to them, and the world, that anything was possible. Robles graduated from Arizona State with a degree in Business Communication and finished his college wrestling career as a three-time All-American and the 2011 NCAA National Champion. He was also awarded the 2011 NCAA “Best Wrestler of the National Tournament Award.”

Please note: We are currently evaluating all aspects of JrNYLC and may make changes to the curriculum or site visits to ensure the program meets the most up-to-date health and safety standards.