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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.

Capitol Hill Experience*

Junior National Young Leaders Conference students visit the U.S. Capitol Building

Students take a trip to Capitol Hill, where they are encouraged to reflect on the responsibility of public service and consider the ways they can have an impact now and in the future.

Past JrNYLC attendees have also enjoyed an exclusive visit to the Floor of the House, where they gained insights directly from a former member of Congress. Students also have the opportunity to visit the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and take a self-guided tour of Exhibition Hall and Emancipation Hall.

*Note: Changes in the Congressional schedule may impact the JrNYLC visit to the Capitol/House Chamber.


Legendary Stories from America's Past

Junior National Young Leaders Conference students interacting with the engaging exhibits at Maryland Science CenterStudents experience the United States' rich history as they visit the treasure trove of monuments in the Washington, D.C.-area. The students will explore the memorials for Thomas Jefferson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Abraham Lincoln as well as those commemorating lives lost in the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

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.