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The Next Step in STEM

NYLF Pathways to STEM Alumni provides students with the opportunity to deepen their exposure to STEM skills and careers, develop and grow key cognitive abilities, and reconnect with friends. Students enjoy six incredible days* at one of eight program locations with fellow high-achieving Envision alumni. 

*Five days for commuters/day program attendees

About the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM Alumni

Building New and Bigger Pathways

The NYLF Pathways to STEM Alumni program was developed specifically for students who previously attended the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM. The program provides these students with the opportunity to build upon their previous Envision experience and further cultivate their passion for STEM.

At NYLF Pathways to STEM Alumni, students learn by doing as they participate in hands-on simulations that allow them to take on roles, Maker Center Challenges that provide them with additional exposure to STEM opportunities and allow them to showcase their creativity, and an offsite experience filled with interactive learning. 

Virtually all career fields today require a solid foundation of STEM. Early and frequent 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. During the program, students will gain increased exposure to STEM opportunities and further develop essential success skills while also reconnecting with old friends and forming new bonds with their fellow Envision alumni.

Experience & Growth

Students gain exposure to a diverse set of STEM roles and skills, as well as a better understanding of their real-world application.

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Students develop key cognitive abilities to help them excel in school and beyond, including design thinking, critical analysis, and problem solving.

Students reconnect with the friends made at past Envision programs and build new relationships with other STEM stars.

Program Highlights VIEW MORE

Multi-Day Simulation
Over the course of the forum, students take on various roles, from first responder to rescue robot operator, and work together to help citizens impacted by a natural disaster. LEARN MORE
Maker Center Challenges
Students participate in three distinct challenges that will allow them to broaden their understanding of STEM applications, show off their creativity, and enjoy a little friendly competition. LEARN MORE
Offsite Experience
The hands-on learning continues as students travel to a museum or science center to explore interactive exhibits and participate in labs and workshops. LEARN MORE
Residential and Day Programs
Students have the opportunity to choose the experience that is best for them by selecting either the Day Program or Residential Program option. LEARN MORE

2018 Dates & Tuition 

Location Residential Dates Day Dates Tuition
Boston, MA – Babson College Session Filled: July 7-12 Session Filled: July 8-12 Res   $2,395
Day   $1,895
Bowling Green, OH – Bowling Green State University July 22-27 July 23-27 Res   $2,395
Day   $1,895
Chicago, IL – Loyola University Session Filled: July 7-12 Session Filled: July 8-12 Res   $2,395
Day   $1,895
Dallas, TX – University of Texas at Dallas Session Filled: June 24-29 Session Filled: June 25-29 Res   $2,395
Day   $1,895
Denver, CO – University of Denver July 14-19 July 15-19 Res   $2,395
Day   $1,895
Gainesville, FL – University of Florida Session Filled: July 7-12 Session Filled: July 8-12 Res   $2,395
Day   $1,895
Washington, DC – National 4H Youth Conference Center Session Filled: July 29-August 3 Session Filled: July 30-August 3 Res   $2,395
Day   $1,895
Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Session Filled: July 22-27 Session Filled: July 23-27 Res   $2,395
Day   $1,895
*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.


Tuition Tuition for NYLF Pathways to STEM Alumni 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.

NYLF Pathways to STEM Alumni FAQs

  • Who is NYLF Pathways to STEM Alumni for?

    The NYLF Pathways STEM Alumni program is for students who have previously attended the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM, are in fourth or fifth grade during the 2017-2018 school year, and would like to continue exploring the future career possibilities within the exciting fields of science, engineering, medicine, and technology. If you are interested in exploring STEM careers and building valuable success skills but have never attended an Envision program before, you may be interested in attending the NYLF Pathways to STEM program.

  • What is included in tuition?

    The tuition for the residential program at NYLF Pathways to STEM Alumni includes all curriculum and instruction, program activities and evening events, overnight housing, program materials, private motor coach transportation, 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, private motor coach transportation, 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 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 Alumni, 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.

Have more questions? Check out the Envision FAQs.