ABOUT 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.
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!
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.
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
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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You may pay in full today or opt to enroll in our convenient payment plan.
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
Is the National Youth Leadership Forum Pathways to STEM for me?
This summer program is for you if you are an elementary school student interested in exploring future career possibilities within the exciting fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). NYLF Pathways to STEM is your springboard to investigating career pathways and learning to be a leader at school and in your community.
To attend NYLF Pathways to STEM, you 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?
Your 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, you will only need money for souvenirs 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 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 I stay?
If you choose the Residential Program Option, you and other students and staff will reside 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. You will have your own bed. Your room will include fresh linens and towels (but extra blankets and towels are recommended). The bathroom is shared.
How can my parents contact me while I am attending the program?
You are permitted to bring a mobile phone to keep in touch with parents, but the mobile device must be turned off during program activities. You may call home before activities begin in the morning and after they have ended in the evening.
Your parents or guardians will have the telephone number to the program’s site office, where they can leave you messages. Additionally, parents and guardians may email the office should they need to relay information to you.
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 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 you complete the Student Information Form, you 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 your arrival at the program. Completing the assignment allows you to participate in the exchange of ideas between students while you are attending the program. Please bring your assignments with you on the first day!
Enrolled students can access the assignment details through their personalized webpage at www.MyEnvisionExperience.com.