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Your Mission: Conquer the Red Planet

Future innovators, engineers, doctors, and investigators will start building their path to success and get real, hands-on STEM experience at NYLF Explore STEM. Over six impactful days at one of our eleven university program locations, students explore career opportunities, gain increased confidence and leadership skills, and Envision their future on a "Mission to Mars," all among like-minded and aspirational middle school students from around the country.

About National Youth Leadership Forum: Explore STEM

Explore the Frontiers of Science and Technology with a Mission to Mars

NYLF Explore STEM is a unique learning experience for bright, forward-thinking middle school students who will evolve into our next generation of innovators, engineers, doctors, forensic scientists, mathematicians, and physicists.

During this six-day immersive experience, students learn by doing as they take part in hands-on simulations, workshops, and competitions, while making new friends and having unforgettable adventures as they plan for a "Mission to Mars."

Few fields are more important to the future of mankind than STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—and few show as much promise for future career opportunities. Virtually all career fields today require a solid foundation of STEM, and that’s precisely why these are the fastest growing areas of study—and the reason that STEM professionals are in the highest demand throughout the world.

NYLF Explore STEM is built on a multidisciplinary curriculum designed to help students find their passion through hands-on activities in forensics, robotics programming, medicine, and civil engineering . The program provides an invaluable opportunity for curious and high-achieving students to explore the frontiers of 21st century science and technology.

Featured Curricular Component

When Care Is Hours Away: A Simulation in Collaboration with Stanford Medicine

Created by wilderness medicine expert Dr. Paul Auerbach and simulation expert Dr. Rebecca Smith-Coggins, professors in the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine, this realistic simulation will allow you to learn and practice potentially life-saving medical techniques, including wound care, control of bleeding, and splinting. All of these skills will come into play as you plan your next hiking or camping expedition.

Watch a video of the Emergency Medicine Simulation

2019 Dates & Tuition

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CITY LOCATION DATES TUITION
Atlanta, GA Emory University July 7-12 | July 14-19 | July 21-26 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095*
Boston, MA Babson College June 23-28 | July 6-11 Res   $2,395
Day   $1,995*
Bowling Green, OH Bowling Green State University June 23-28 Res   $2,395
Day   $1,995*
Chicago, IL Loyola University July 14-19 | July 21-26 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095*
Dallas, TX University of Texas at Dallas June 23-28 | July 6-11 Res   $2,595
Day   $2,195*
Denver, CO University of Denver July 14-19 Res   $2,595
Day   $2,195*
Los Angeles, CA Occidental College June 16-21 | June 23-28 | July 21-26 | July 28-August 2 Res   $2,595
Day   $2,195*
New York, NY St. John's University July 14-19 | July 21-26 Res   $2,595
Day   $2,195*
Philadelphia, PA Villanova University July 7-12 | July 14-19 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095*
San Francisco, CA San Francisco State University June 23-28 | July 6-11 Res   $2,595
Day   $2,195*
Winston-Salem, NC Wake Forest University June 23-28 | July 6-11 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095*
* Day programs are for students who live within daily commuting distance of the program location, and who do not wish to reside with other students during the program.

Residential tuition includes room & board, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and staff. Day tuition does not include room & board, but does include daily lunches.

Program Highlights VIEW MORE

Former NASA astronaut who may speak at NYLF Explore STEM
Former NASA Astronauts
Keynote speakers will share their stories as well as the many fascinating experiences they have had overcoming the challenges of working in space.   LEARN MORE
Students process a staged crime scene at NYLF Explore STEM
Forensic Science Simulation
Process a staged crime scene; identify, collect, and examine finger and shoe prints; and perform blood stain pattern analysis. LEARN MORE
Students learn about engineering and robotics during a simulation at NYLF Explore STEM
Engineering Simulations
Apply what you learn about engineering and robotics to design and program a Mars rover. You will also test your engineering design skills while creating a floorplan using CAD software. LEARN MORE
Students look at x-ray images during an NYLF Explore STEM medical simulation
Medical Simulation
Diagnose and provide critical care, including conducting a physical exam, administering splints and slings, and controlling external hemorrhaging, in this high-stakes simulation. LEARN MORE
Students work on specialized projects in their STEM strand of choice at NYLF Explore STEM
Galaxy Labs
Dive deeply into forensic science, medicine, robotics programming, or civil engineering while working collaboratively with other students to complete specialized projects in your STEM strand of choice. LEARN MORE
Student completing the ACT Tessera Assessment at NYLF Explore STEM
ACT Tessera Assessment
Use this unique assessment to create a personalized success plan that will enable you to prepare for success in high school, college, and beyond. LEARN MORE

Tuition

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


Scholarships

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

Fundraising

Fundraising

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 Plan

Payment Plan

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


The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2018-19 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.


NYLF Explore STEM FAQs

  • Is National Youth Leadership Forum: Explore STEM for me?

    This summer STEM exploration program is for you if you are a middle school student interested in building, tinkering, solving problems, and exploring a variety of career options available to you in science, engineering, medicine and technology. NYLF Explore STEM is your springboard to achieving tremendous success in high school, in college and in life.

    To attend NYLF Explore STEM, you must be in grades 6-8 during the 2018-2019 school year. Most of our students are either nominated by educators or selected through our academic partnerships; however, we do accept a limited number of students through our competitive application process. If you have not 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 Explore STEM includes housing accommodations on a university, college or school campus (Residential students only), instruction, program activities and materials, a Certificate of Completion, supervision by professional faculty advisors, and private motor coach transportation to all locations during the program. Your meals and snacks during the program are also covered (excluding lunch on arrival and departure days for Residential students and breakfast on all days for Day students).

    Transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for lunch on arrival and departure days, as well as personal spending on items such as souvenirs, additional snacks and other incidentals.

  • Where will I stay?
    For the summer 2019 NYLF Explore STEM program, you will reside on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta, GA; Babson College near Boston, MA; Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH; Loyola University in Chicago, IL; University of Texas at Dallas in Dallas, TX; University of Denver in Denver, CO; Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA; St. John's University in New York, NY; Villanova University near Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco State University in San Francisco, CA; and Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.
  • How many students share a room?

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

  • 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 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 classroom ratio of 20 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 special dietary needs be met?

    Vegetarian options are always available. Kosher and Halal meals can be made available to you, provided your 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.

  • 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 MyEnvisionExperience.com 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

Have more questions? Check out the Envision FAQs.