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No matter what your child decides to do when they grow up, STEM will play a BIG part in their future. At NYLF Pathways to STEM, aspirational elementary school students enjoy six incredible days* at one of many program locations learning to program robots, training as doctors, and investigating a crime, all while making new friends and building necessary 21st century success skills. 

*Five days for commuters/day program attendees

Pathways to STEM Elementary School Summer Program Attendee

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 hands-on simulations and workshops. They also have the opportunity to choose the experience that is best suited for them by selecting either the six-day Residential or the five-day Day program.

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 make new friends and enjoy unforgettable adventures while exploring the frontiers of 21st century science and technology.

Featured Curricular Component

Outdoor Medicine Simulation: When Care Is Hours Away 

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 allows students to learn how to control minor, but serious injuries and practice the proper application of medical splints.

Please note, we are currently evaluating all aspects of NYLF Pathways to STEM and may make changes to the curriculum to ensure that the program meets the most up-to-date health and safety standards.

2021 Dates & Tuition 

Location Residential Dates Day Dates Tuition
Atlanta, GA – Agnes Scott College June 20-25 | June 27-July 2 June 21-25 | June 28-July 2 Res   $2,595
Day   $2,195
Berkeley, CA – University of California, Berkeley August 1-6 August 2-6 Res   $2,595
Day   $2,195
Boston, MA – Babson College June 27-July 2 June 28-July 2 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
Bowling Green, OH – Bowling Green State University June 20-25 | June 27-July 2 June 21-25 | June 28-July 2 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
Chicago, IL – Loyola University July 10-15 | July 17-22 July 11-15 | July 18-22 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
Dallas, TX – University of Texas at Dallas July 10-15 | July 18-23 July 11-15 | July 19-23 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
Denver, CO – University of Denver July 10-15 | July 17-22 July 11-15 | July 18-22 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
Houston, TX – University of Houston June 20-25 | June 27-July 2 June 21-25 | June 28-July 2 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
Lakeland, FL – Southeastern University Coming Soon Coming Soon Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
Los Angeles, CA – Occidental College June 20-25 | June 27-July 2 June 21-25 | June 28-July 2 Res   $2,595
Day   $2,195
Memphis, TN – University of Memphis July 18-23 July 19-23 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
Miami, FL – University of Miami June 27-July 2 June 28-July 2 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
Minneapolis, MN – University of Minnesota July 25-30 July 26-30 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
New Orleans, LA – Tulane University Coming Soon Coming Soon Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
New York, NY – St. John's University July 18-23 | July 25-30 July 19-23 | July 26-30 Res   $2,595
Day   $2,195
Philadelphia, PA – Villanova University June 19-24 June 20-24 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
Pittsburgh, PA – La Roche University June 27-July 2 June 28-July 2 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
Seattle, WA – Northwest University July 10-15 July 11-15 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
Spartanburg, SC – Converse College July 10-15 July 11-15 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
St. Louis, MO – Washington University in St. Louis June 19-24 June 20-24 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
Trenton, NJ – The College of New Jersey June 19-24 June 20-24 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
Washington, DC – National 4H Conference Center July 10-15 | July 18-23 July 11-15 | July 19-23 Res   $2,495
Day   $2,095
Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University July 18-23 | July 25-30 July 19-23 | July 26-30 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, site visits & transportation during program, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and faculty & staff. Day tuition does not include room & board.

Program Highlights VIEW MORE

Students work with an mBot robot during NYLF Pathways to STEM
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.

Students work together on the Medicine pathway at NYLF Pathways to STEM
Medicine Pathway

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

Students work together on the CSI pathway at NYLF Pathways to STEM
CSI Pathway

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

Students participate in a STEM challenge at NYLF Pathways to STEM
STEM Challenges

Students participate in a series of challenges that allow them to utilize and expand upon the skills that they learn throughout the day during their STEM Group Meetings and STEM exploration time.



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


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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 2020-2021 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?

    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 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:

    • 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 one 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.