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Junior National Young Leaders Conference 

Program Highlights

Voices of Change Project

JrNYLC Voices of ChangeWorking 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 educator 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.

Harpers Ferry, WV

JrNYLC Harper's Ferry

Students will experience the rich history of America’s past as they explore leadership in action through the rich history of Harpers Ferry National Park. They will learn about the first successful application of interchangeable manufacture, the arrival of the first successful American railroad, John Brown's attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States. Students will bring history to life by participating in a live-action role play simulation focused on abolitionist John Brown's raid to end slavery at Harpers Ferry—an activity that will challenge them to understand what it means to be a leader in great time of conflict and great possibility.

A Night at the Museum*

JrNYLC Night At The MuseumThe 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 for residential scholars only.