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NYLF Pathways to STEM
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Elementary school STEM stars: Spend 6 days* this summer building your future! Join other aspirational 3rd – 5th grade students from around the country at one of our twelve program locations for an extraordinary opportunity to get real hands-on STEM experience, develop your leadership skills, and realize the power of your potential. 

*5 days for commuters/day program attendees

About the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM

Future STEM Leaders

NYLF Pathways to STEM is a unique learning experience for bright, forward-thinking elementary school students who will evolve into next generation innovators, engineers, doctors, software developers, and scientists.

Students learn by doing during six days of hands-on simulations and workshops, while making new friends and having unforgettable adventures.

Virtually all career fields today require a solid foundation of STEM. That’s precisely why these are the fastest growing areas of study, and the reason that STEM professionals are in the highest demand in the United States and throughout the world. Early exposure to these fields can set today’s kids on a path to success by giving them the tools needed to make informed decisions about the future.

NYLF Pathways to STEM is a fantastic opportunity for curious and high-aspiring young students to explore the frontiers of 21st century science and technology.

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 Stanford School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine, this realistic simulation allows students to learn how to control minor, but serious injuries and practice the proper application of medical splints.

Experience & Growth

While exploring three STEM strands, students will learn to program a robot, step into the role of a doctor, and investigate a crime!

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Students will be empowered to realize the power of their potential with new skills that will help them stand out in school and in the community.

Students will make new friends and increase their self-confidence, self-awareness, and independence.

Program Highlights VIEW MORE

Engineering Pathway

Working with an mBot robot, students explore the exciting world of engineering and build a foundation in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer programming.

Medicine Pathway

Role-playing as a medical intern, students will examine the circulatory system and the heart, perform a dissection, and diagnose a patient.

CSI Pathway

As a future crime solver and forensic detective, students will apply math and science-based skills and use fun chemistry concepts to unlock clues in an actual case.

Residential and Day Programs

The Day Program option is a five-day, hands-on experience that includes lunch and offers convenient drop-off and pick-up times for parents. The Residential Program option is a six-day experience that includes overnight accommodations and all meals.


2017 Program Details

Location Residential Program Day Program
Agnes Scott College–Atlanta, GA July 23-28 | July 30-August 4 July 24-28 | July 31-August 4
Babson College–Boston, MA July 23-28 July 24-28
Bowling Green State University–Bowling Green, OH July 9–14 | July 16–21 July 10–14 | July 17–21
Loyola University–Chicago, IL June 18–23 | June 25–30 June 19–23 | June 26–30
University of Texas at Dallas–Dallas, TX July 8–13 July 9–13
University of Denver–Denver, CO June 25–30 | July 8–13 June 26–30 | July 9–13
University of Florida–Gainesville, FL June 18-23 | June 25-30 June 19-23 | June 26-30
Occidental College–Los Angeles, CA July 16–21 July 17–21
Westtown School–Philadelphia, PA July 8–13 July 9 –13
The College of New Jersey–Trenton, NJ June 18–23 | June 25–30 June 19–23 | June 26–30
National 4H Youth Conference Center–
Washington, DC
July 23-28 | July 30-Aug 4 July 24-28 | July 31-Aug 4
Wake Forest University–Winston-Salem, NC July 9–14 | July 17–22 July 10-14 | July 18-22


Tuition Tuition for NYLF Pathways to STEM 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


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

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To further enhance and expand the NYLF Pathways to STEM experience, Envision is proud to incorporate select high-quality content and curriculum from Discovery Education, our educational content partner, into our already immersive program experience.

Discovery Education shares Envision’s goal to excite, engage, and empower next generation technology leaders as they set out on their paths to become the engineers, health care professionals, scientists, and innovators of tomorrow.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications, the number one nonfiction media company in the world.

NYLF Pathways to STEM FAQs

  • Who is the National Youth Leadership Forum Pathways to STEM for?
    This summer program is for elementary school students interested in exploring future career possibilities within the exciting fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). NYLF Pathways to STEM is a springboard to investigating career pathways and learning to be a leader at school and in the community.

    To attend NYLF Pathways to STEM, students must be in grades 3–5 during the 2016-2017 school year.

    Many of our students are nominated by educators, leaders from youth organizations, and participating institutions, but open enrollments are welcome from qualified students who want to make the most of this opportunity.

  • What is included in tuition?
    The tuition for the residential program at NYLF Pathways to STEM includes all curriculum and instruction, program activities and evening events, overnight housing, program materials, and all breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners during the program.

    Tuition for the day program includes all curriculum and instruction, all program activities, program materials, and all lunches and snacks during the program.

    Transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, students will only need money for souvenirs and other incidentals.
  • How is safety and security managed at the program?

    Student safety and well-being during the program is our highest priority. The program is structured so that students will reside in a safe, controlled environment. They will be closely supervised by professionally trained staff, including advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel, a scholar experience team, and program leads.

    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:

    • Maintaining an overall student-to-staff ratio of 8-to-1.
    • Attendance is taken throughout the program, and students are required to attend all program activities.
    • Checking rooms nightly and ensuring that students remain in their rooms.
    • Staff member rooms are interspersed among student rooms on each hallway in residential housing.
    • A licensed nurse is available on site each day of the program.
    • Equipping all staff members with two-way communication devices.
  • Where will the students stay?
    Students who choose the Residential Program Option will reside along with Envision team members at safe and secure locations that include universities and conference centers.
  • How many students share a room?
    Each room will house two to four students, depending on the housing location. Students will have their own bed. The room will include fresh linens and towels (but extra blankets and towels are recommended). The bathroom is shared.
  • How can parents contact their child while they are attending the program?

    Students are permitted to bring a mobile phone to keep in touch with parents, but the mobile device must be turned off during program activities. Students may call home before activities begin in the morning and after they have ended in the evening.

    Parents or guardians will have the telephone number to the program’s site office, where they can leave their child messages. Additionally, parents and guardians may email the office should they need to relay information to their child.

  • Can students attend if they have special needs?

    Yes. Students with special needs or with disabilities are encouraged to enroll. We may be able to provide them with auxiliary aids and services to assist. Please call our Office of Admissions for more information or to discuss your child's particular needs prior to enrolling in the program.

  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    At NYLF Pathways to STEM, 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 students complete their Student Information Form, they will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.

  • Is there a pre-program assignment for NYLF Pathways to STEM?

    Yes, there is an assignment to be completed before arriving to the program. Completing the assignment allows students to participate in the exchange of ideas while attending the program. Students should bring their completed assignments on the first day!

    Enrolled students can access the assignment details through their personalized webpage at

Have more questions? Check out the Envision FAQs.