Voices of Change Project
Working 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 to 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*
As students take a trip to Capitol Hill, they will be encouraged to reflect on the responsibility of public service and consider the ways they can have an impact now and in the future.
JrNYLC scholars will enjoy an exclusive visit to the Floor of the House, where they will gain insights directly from a former member of Congress. Students will also have the opportunity to visit the US 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.
A Night at the Museum*
The program ends with an overnight adventure at the Maryland Science Center where students will spend the night 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
students can conduct experiments and experience everything electric. Students will explore the latest findings in space and aerospace science, and discover
life beyond earth as they learn about how scientists detect distant “exoplanets.” The night concludes with a riveting IMAX movie that takes the students on an Antarctic adventure.
*Note: This is only included for Residential scholars. However, Day scholars can add the museum overnight to their experience for a fee when completing their enrollment.
Keynote Speaker: 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 and made it his mission to prove to them, and the world, that anything was possible. Robles graduated from Arizona State University 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”.