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The Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness history and play a role in your future. As a Summit Delegate, you will attend the historic 58th Presidential Inauguration on the National Mall, be inspired by world-renowned speakers, participate in events that will solidify your path to becoming a future leader, and connect with like-minded, high-aspiring students.

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Summit Highlights

Delegations for Change

Summit Scholars will hear from subject matter experts and work together in small-group breakout delegations to generate solutions to real-world challenges that the next president and their generation will face. Delegations will present their Summit Solutions, and six winning delegations will receive scholarships to help fund their future success.
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Inauguration on the National Mall

Witness history together as the 45th President of the United States takes the Oath of Office, and delivers the Inaugural Address on the National Mall. Summit Scholars enjoy exclusive early morning access (prior to the public) to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to warm up before joining the crowd on the Mall for The Inauguration Ceremony.

Inaugural Gala

Washington will be abuzz with celebration and excitement as Summit Scholars shine at the exclusive Envision Impact Series’ Inaugural Gala taking place at one of the DC area's most noteworthy venues—the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center. Summit Scholars will enjoy an evening of music, dancing, photo booths, games, and more.

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To further enrich and enhance the Summit experience, Envision has partnered with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to incorporate select high-quality content and unique programming into our already immersive, content-rich Summit.

Chase The RaceTeachers & School Districts interested in sponsoring a Delegation for Change, attending the Summit or using our original content in the classroom. LEARN MORE

Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit FAQ's 

  • Is the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit for me?

    If you are a student interested in furthering your ideas and developing your skills to become a future leader in any setting, the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit is for you. Participation in this once-in-a-lifetime summit is typically limited to Envision alumni; however, for a limited time, Envision is accepting applications from high-achieving self-starters.

    To attend the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit, you must be in the appropriate grade during the 2016-2017 school year: grades 6-8 for the Middle School Summit, and grades 9-12 for the High School Summit. Collegiate Scholars must be at least 18 years old at the time of the Summit and currently enrolled in a college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student for the 2016/17 school year.

  • What is included in tuition?

    Tuition for the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit covers:

    • Housing at an internationally recognized hotel, featuring modern conveniences in a safe and secure environment and chosen for its proximity to Summit activities and events.
    • Program materials, events, and all planned activities, including our world-renowned Summit Speakers and Inaugural Gala held at a Smithsonian Institution museum. Collegiate Scholars will enjoy a closing dinner and awards ceremony at their hotel.
    • Almost all meals will be included while attending the Summit. You will only need additional money for two to three off-site meals (three to four for Collegiate Scholars), as well as souvenirs, snacks, and other incidentals.
    • Private motor coach transportation during the Summit.

    Please note: Your transportation between home and Washington, DC is NOT included in your Summit tuition.

  • How will I be supervised?

    The program is structured so that you will be closely supervised by our professionally trained Envision team, including advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, along with security personnel, operations personnel, and a program coordinator. All scholars and staff reside in a secure, safe, and controlled environment while attending the program.

  • Will it be safe?
    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.

    Your safety and well-being during the Summit is our highest priority. In addition to the secure residences for our scholars and professionally trained supervisory team, we have employed the consulting services of Mr. Thomas Albright, who has 36 years of experience working in local, state, and federal government, including 26 years with the FBI. Mr. Albright has provided law enforcement support for other events including the 2009 and 2013 Inaugurations, two Super Bowls, and a MLB All-Star Game.

    Other Envision safety measures include:
    • Posting clearly marked signage and greeting students at their designated arrival airport, and providing shuttle service from the airport directly to the program site, and back to the airport on departure day.
    • Providing students with a brightly colored and distinguishable article of clothing that they will wear when out in groups, allowing Envision team members to quickly identify our scholars in a crowd.
    • Securing exclusive access to the Smithsonian Air & Space and Natural History Museums for the morning of the Inauguration, so that students will be able to stay warm before securely moving out onto the National Mall for the ceremony.
    • Retaining additional support staff to guide the students, as well as posting additional Envision team members throughout the National Mall.
    • Transporting students to the Mall in private motor coaches and securing nearby parking for the buses for quick access and departure if needed.
    • Maintaining a student-to-staff ratio of 17-to-1.
    • Providing single-sex rooms and single-sex floors for our middle and high school programs.
    • Requiring all students to attend all activities.
    • Checking rooms nightly and ensuring that students remain in their rooms for our middle and high school programs.
    • Having night monitors in place to support students who may become ill or who have an emergency during the night.
    • Equipping all Envision team members with two-way communication devices.
  • How many students share a room?

    Each room will house two to three students. You will have your own bed. All rooms are single-sex, and for the middle and high school programs, we offer single-sex floors.

  • Where will I stay?

    For the Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit, you will reside with other students and Envision team members at internationally recognized upscale hotel chains in and around Washington, DC. Each hotel is chosen for its proximity to Summit events and its high security standards.

  • Can my parents attend the program?
    Envision has created a special program, Parenting the Future, for parents and legal guardians of attending scholars in grades 6-12 who are interested in joining their child at the Summit. Parents will have the opportunity to witness the historic inauguration, hear from our extraordinary Summit speakers, take part in success-oriented parenting seminars, and enjoy Washington, DC with other Envisionary parents. LEARN MORE
  • 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 attend. Please call our Office of Admissions for more information or to discuss your particular needs prior to enrolling in the program. We may be able to provide you with auxiliary aids and services to assist you.

  • 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 in the Summit.

  • What is the code of conduct for this program?

    Attending the Summit is fun, but it is also an honor. Like all meaningful experiences, you only get out of it what you put in to your time spent at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You are expected to conduct yourself as a mature and responsible young leader as you represent your school and community. You must abide by the Student Code of Conduct. You must also abide by and uphold all Summit rules.

  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    We make every effort to meet the dietary needs of all our students, provided the request is submitted prior to the start of the Summit. When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.