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This immersive program will introduce you to the overarching principles of engineering, including the design thinking process and how it, along with other key concepts, can be applied across a variety of engineering disciplines. Over eight incredible days on the campus of a top-ranked engineering school, you and fellow high school students will explore your passions while being exposed to the vast array of engineering professions. You will gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology and even apply your newfound skills to assist with achieving some of the Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the United Nations.

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About National Youth Leadership Forum: Engineering & Technology

Ideate. Innovate. Demonstrate.

NYLF Engineering & Technology is a fantastic foray into the world of engineering and technology and the many careers available in these dynamic fields.

During this eight-day program, you will learn why the core principles of engineering and problem solving are critical to innovation and success in the 21st century and receive invaluable information from industry experts about the multitude of engineering and technology career options to help you make informed choices about your future.

Through Maker Centers, you will have the unique opportunity to gain broad exposure to the Aerospace, Biomedical, Civil, and Mechanical engineering fields, as well as a more in-depth experience with the top two fields of your choice. During the program-long Capstone Impact Challenge, which was designed in collaboration with a team lead by Dr. David Dinehart, a Professor and Former Chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University, you will apply your engineering skills and creativity to help solve real-world problems.

At NYLF Engineering & Technology, you will not only gain hands-on experience and enjoy life on the campus of a top-ranked engineering school, but you will also be surrounded by other highly motivated students who share your passion. You will form lifelong friendships while strengthening the time management, information analysis, public speaking, critical thinking, and problem solving skills that are critical for success in college and beyond.

Most importantly, you will leave the program with a clearer vision of your future career path and how to achieve your goals.

2018 Dates & Tuition

Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech July 21-28
Session Filled: July 8-15
GMU College Credit $3,395
Boston, MA Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering June 24-July 1 | July 8-15 GMU College Credit $3,195
San Francisco, CA University of California, Berkeley June 16-23 | June 26-July 3 GMU College Credit
Cultural Extension
Tuition includes room & board, site visits & transportation during program, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and faculty & staff.

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Capstone Impact Challenge

Designed and facilitated with the assistance of esteemed faculty members of Villanova University’s College of Engineering, this program-long challenge will allow you to apply your problem-solving skills and creativity to help with achieving some of the Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the United Nations.

Helicopter Electronics Workshop

Program a microprocessor to fly a model helicopter during this exercise, which was developed by Andrew Barry, Ph.D., a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) grad and Founder of Stage One Education.

Maker Centers

The Maker Centers allow you to customize your program experience based on your interests. You will have the opportunity to receive broad exposure to the four fields offered, and then select your two favorite fields for a more in-depth experience.

Speaking Engagements

Hear from and engage with industry professionals and subject matter experts during multiple speaking events throughout the program, including the keynote address, Hot Topics in Engineering seminars, and the Afternoon with the Experts panel and networking event.



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


Scholarships Envision offers a limited number of scholarships to qualified students each year based upon financial need, scholastic leadership, achievements, and other factors. LEARN MORE



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Payment Plan

Payment Plan

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

Enrich Your Envision Experience

If you choose to attend a session at the University of California, Berkeley, you will have the opportunity to enhance your Envision experience by participating in the Cultural Extension in San Francisco. After completing the program, you will spend three days in the “City by the Bay,” making new memories and exploring all that the city has to offer. You may sign up for the Cultural Extension during the enrollment process.


The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2017-18 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.

NYLF Engineering & Technology FAQs

  • Is National Youth Leadership Forum: Engineering & Technology for me?

    This summer program is for you if you are a motivated high school student, in grades 9-11 during the 2017-2018 academic year, and you are ready to prepare for college and an exciting career in engineering or technology. Many of our students are nominated by educators, leaders from youth organizations and participating institutions, but open enrollments are welcome from qualified high school students who want to make the most of this opportunity.

  • What is included in tuition?

    Your tuition for NYLF Engineering & Technology 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 will only 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 nearly 30 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 and providing shuttle service directly to the program site, as well as providing shuttle service back to the airport on departure day*
    • Maintaining a student-to-staff ratio of 17-to-1
    • Providing single-sex rooms and single-sex floors
    • 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 a $70 nonrefundable roundtrip fee for shuttle service or a $35 fee for one-way shuttle service.

  • How many students share a room?

    Each room will house two to three students. You will have your own bed.

  • Where will I stay?

    For the summer 2018 NYLF Engineering & Technology program, students will reside on the campuses of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, or the University of California, Berkeley.

  • 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.

  • Can I attend if I am a student with special needs?

    Yes. If you are a student with special needs or with disabilities, we encourage you to enroll. We may be able to provide you with auxiliary aids and services to assist you. Please call our Office of Admissions for more information or to discuss your particular needs prior to enrolling 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 is the pre-conference assignment, FUEL?

    The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. To aid in this assessment, you must complete a brief pre-program assignment entitled Feedback for Understanding Emerging Leaders (FUEL).

    The FUEL assignment will be available on your personal web page after you enroll. It simply requires that you choose five mentors – teachers, coaches, youth group leaders or other trusted adults – to complete a short survey about your leadership strengths. You also will complete a short self-assessment as part of the FUEL assignment

  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    At NYLF Engineering & Technology, 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.

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