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Spend eight amazing days on the campus of Yale University or University of California, Berkeley Clark Kerr campus learning from business advisors, developing your skills and acumen, and competing against other business-minded high school students in Envision's 8 Days to Start-Up Challenge, a true-to-life business pitch.

High School Summer Business Program Students

About National Youth Leadership Forum: Business Innovation

Your Future in Business Starts Today

National Youth Leadership Forum: Business Innovation is specifically designed to provide high school students with the skills needed to lead the next innovative revolution.

At NYLF Business Innovation, you'll discover your passion for entrepreneurship and innovation by competing in 8 Days to Startup Challenge, an exciting start-up simulation that takes you from ideation to product launch, and challenges you to make the critical decisions that every successful entrepreneur must make. During your time at Yale University or University of California, Berkeley Clark Kerr Campus you'll participate in a business site visit and even crowdsource Startup Challenge ideas to your target audience.  

Over eight transformative days, you'll gain hands-on business and startup experience, participate in a professional site visit, hear from and interact with recognized business leaders, and make connections with fellow high-achieving, business-minded students from all over the country.

Most importantly, you'll leave the program with a clearer vision of your future career path and how to achieve your goals. By completing NYLF Business Innovation, you may apply for college credit from George Mason University.


Students attending select high school and college programs are eligible to receive college credit(s) through George Mason University.

2024 Dates & Tuition

Berkeley, CA University of California, Berkeley June 25 - July 2 Mason College Credit $4,245
New Haven, CT Yale University June 25 - July 2 | July 6 - July 13 | July 15 - July 22 Mason College Credit $4,245

Tuition includes room & board, site visits & transportation during program, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and faculty & staff.

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

Notice: NYLF Business Innovation is operated independently of Yale University and is not sponsored or endorsed by the University. The views expressed in connection with the program are not the official positions, statements of advice nor opinions of Yale University and should not be viewed as an endorsement by Yale of any such views or statements.

Program Highlights VIEW MORE

High school students participating in start-up business simulation
Startup-Style Simulation

Develop the next great idea during 8 Days to Startup Challenge, a collaborative simulation that allows you to apply the skills you learn to take your business from ideation to launch, and then compete against your peers.

Business professional providing insight to high school students at NYLF Business Innovation
Speaking Events

Professionals in the field of business will supply insights from their own learnings and guide you through the key elements of launching a business.

NYLF Business students engaging in a site visit
Site Visits

Take a big step toward your future career as you step on-site at Yale University or the University of California, Berkeley, where you'll gain a greater understanding of how your studies can align with your passions. See how a successful business operates as you experience entrepreneurial innovation in action— in the iconic cities of New York City or San Francisco. You'll even get the opportunity to go behind the scenes, discover how future leaders and innovators connect, and why networking is vital in business at an incredible campus social event.

NYLF Business students experiencing college life
College Readiness

Experience college culture and gain valuable college and career success skills while residing on the campus of Yale University or the University of California, Berkeley.




Tuition for NYLF Business Innovation covers most of the expenses incurred during the Forum. Tuition DOES NOT cover transportation to and from the program LEARN MORE


Scholarships Envision by WorldStrides awards partial tuition assistance to qualified students each year based upon financial need, scholastic leadership, achievements, and eligibility for our WorldStrides Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship. 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 Options

Payment Plan

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

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Listen to the Information Session that was held on January 10th, 2024, and learn more about our Summer 2024 NYLF Business Innovation program!

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  • Is NYLF Business Innovation for me?

    This summer’s program is for you if you're a high school student interested in exploring the various career options available in business. NYLF Business Innovation is your springboard to achieving tremendous success in college and in a future career.

    To attend NYLF Business Innovation, you must be in grades 9–12 during the 2023-2024 school year. Most of our students are either nominated by educators or selected through our academic partnerships. However, we also accept students through our application process. If you haven't been nominated or selected but are interested in taking advantage of the life-changing opportunities that the program provides, we encourage you to submit an application today.

  • What is included in tuition?

    Your tuition for NYLF Business Innovation includes housing, on-campus meals, supervisory personnel, program materials, all program activities, site visits, a Certificate of Completion, and local transportation during the program.

    However, your transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you'll need money for off-campus meals, souvenirs, 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 professionally trained staff, including faculty advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel, operations personnel, and a program coordinator.

    For over 35 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, providing shuttle service directly to the program site, and 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 an additional fee for shuttle service.

  • Where will I stay?

    For the summer 2024 NYLF Business Innovation program, all students are housed on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, CT or University of California, Berkeley Clark Kerr Campus in Berkeley, CA.

  • How many students share a room?

    Room configurations vary by university location. Scholars may be housed in single, double, triple, or quad rooms or suites. You will have your own 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.

  • I am a student requiring specific accommodations. Can I still attend?

    Yes, we encourage you to enroll. Envision by WorldStrides believes in working with families to accommodate student needs and encourages the participation of students who feel prepared to meet the academic, social, physical, and emotional demands of the program environment. We may be able to provide appropriate auxiliary staff and services to assist students as needed if notified in advance. We encourage families, guardians, legal representatives, or educators to contact the Office of Admissions for more information and to discuss particular accommodations before applying for enrollment in the program.

  • Do I need to make my own flight arrangements?

    Yes. Your tuition does not include transportation to and from your home and the program location. We recommend that you make necessary flight arrangements only AFTER you receive confirmation that you are officially enrolled.

  • What are the pre-program assignments? Do I have to do them?

    The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. As part of your program, you'll have access to WorldStrides' newest digital platform: MyActionPath.

    WorldStrides has partnered with PAIRIN, a leader in career and life planning and assessment, to help our students along their lifetime learning journeys. The result of this partnership is MyActionPath–a personalized, virtual GPS that guides you along your desired career pathway and helps you identify ways to enhance your skills and achieve your goals. MyActionPath can assist you in deciding which professional field might suit you best, makes recommendations based on your goals and dreams, and provides you with educational and supportive resources. Before you arrive to your program location, you'll receive more information via email on how to begin this exciting career-planning journey.

  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    We make every effort to meet the dietary needs of all our students, provided the request is submitted prior to the start of the conference.  When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.

  • Can I use the campus facilities (gym, pool, etc.)?

    Students are not permitted to use university facilities such as the pool or recreation center.

Have more questions? Check out the Envision FAQs.