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National Youth Leadership Forum-worth $?

kappaskappas Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
edited January 2013 in Parent Cafe
Hi, my child has received a very impressive looking and sincere sounding invitation to the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law. The letter came from a non profit organization with the same name ("National Youth Leadership Forum). This particular forum is held in Washington DC. and involves a cost of approximately $1600 for tuition and room and board, not counting airfare and lunches.
Anyone out there who could share their experience? How reputable, is it worth the money and missing one week of school for a high school student during senior year?
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Replies to: National Youth Leadership Forum-worth $?

  • stargazer123stargazer123 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    This is just my opinion. Many of those conferences provide a great learning experience for high school students. The students get away from home for a few weeks, usually stay on a college campus, have excellent exposure to prominent guest speakers as well as sight seeing and wonderful meals and friendships. -- they meet interesting new people, etc. If you can afford it, it will probably be a wonderful and memorable experience for your son or daughter. Plus, they get a good taste of college life, and can become more motivated to do well in high school.

    If your intention is just to get another EC credential for the college application, save your money and have your son or daughter do some volunteer work instead.

    I think colleges will like to see that your child has done something productive like attend a seminar. But, it won't be a heavy hitting credential.

    My son goes to a private school, so spending the extra money was not in the budget for us after paying private school tuition. He did manage to get a full scholarship to a great program, he went to Washington DC for a couple of weeks, and had the time of his life. It is now two years later, and he still stays in touch with the students he met at the seminar.

    Good luck with the decision.
  • kappaskappas Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Thanks, that's great advice!
  • saranacsaranac User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 144 Junior Member
    My S went to the one on National Defense. It was a worthwhile experience. Very well run, learned a great deal and met interesting kids from around the country. Worth the money from the standpoint of the experience. In terms of "how it looks" probably not worth it as the only admission requirement is paying the tuition.
  • kevinsmomkevinsmom Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    Got this too... Is it a scam? My son wasn't nominated by a teacher, and has slightly better than average grades. He is in NHS, though. He expressed interest in political science as a major when registering for SAT. He got the big fancy packet to attend the NYLF on National Security. Is it worth missing school and the $$$$?? Thanks.. any experiences to share?
  • Zimmer07Zimmer07 Registered User Posts: 643 Member
    My s2 got this and he has several Cs and barely scored above 1000/1600 on his first SAT. I was not impressed that they sent it to him since according to their literature, he should never have qualified. I threw it out.
  • kappaskappas Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Hi Kevinsmom,
    My child is in NHS, too. Her GPA has been slipping under 3.5 lately though. But why should only the superachievers get all the breaks? Just because someone doesn't have a straight 4.0 does that mean they should not have opportunities like this?
    So far I am undecided. I'd like to see more initiative on behalf of my child to explore some paid or volunteer work in her field of interest during the summer. Why miss school if you can kill time in the summer and get experience?
    Again, am undecided. Anyone else out there who has some input?
  • Faline2Faline2 Registered User Posts: 4,171 Senior Member
    To be honest, I throw this in the trash, and so does everyone else we know. I don't like the element of sort of shaking down the GCs for "names," and our kids are in an underperforming high school with 400 plus students per GC..GCs don't know the kids obviously. It feels like a faux selection process number one for an expensive "citizenship camp" week to me.
    If you child has not had a trip to the Capital, I can see that it could be stimulating (I certainly would have been impressed by this outing if I had attended from the perspective of my early teens). But I don't think it signifies anything much to college admission officers and I think it is on the same footing as Whos Who and the books they hawk. They also get names from schools.
    Volunteer work and/or a real job or a real course of some kind might be a better use of your son or daughter's time but more certainly might be a better use of your money.
  • mardadmardad Registered User Posts: 1,120 Senior Member
    One of my daughters, the more social one, went on one of these. It was a totally awesome sleepover. If your child is way ahead academically and you can afford it, it can be fun, but he or she will lose some sleep and slip in his or her homework a little.
  • momoftwokidsmomoftwokids Registered User Posts: 33 New Member
    My son went to National student leadership conference? It was supposed to be for engineering however he felt like they didn't spend much time on that, did sight seeing shared a room with 3 other kids, felt it wasn't very selective, and some of the counselors did not seem very happy to be there, and no I don't think it matters on their resume. I actually wanted to write to them to complain,but let it go. My husband went to pick my son up , and the dorm was a mess litter etc. Sorry!
  • -Allmusic--Allmusic- Registered User Posts: 6,350 Senior Member
    My son has gotten dozens of these solicitations. We throw every one in the trash. They are blanketly sent to tens of thousands of students, so I wouldn't in any way be swayed by the glossy photos or promises, unless it was something your kid really wanted to do...and you had the money to do it.
  • Singersmom07Singersmom07 Registered User Posts: 3,877 Senior Member
    Pick the program carefully. Both My S and niece went to NYL in Washington DC for politics and security and there were a lot of interesting things they did beside sight seeing. Not something for college app but both met a lot of people, got exposure to capital hill and DoD and found it interesting. They seemed to be well supervised and kept busy. Other S went on a different program to Europe that was a waste, not well supervised and generally unsatisfactory.
  • AtlmomAtlmom Registered User Posts: 806 Member
    I personally don't think these programs do much. They are vanity programs made to lure parents into thinking their kids are so special they got these invitations. From the TIP programs during the summer to the Honor societies, Who's Who, etc. Unless they offer scholarships or are "free" I would pass and make my own opportunities for enrichment in my community. If you live near colleges, they offer classes for h.s. students probably for a lot less.

    Some of the colleges host sophomores and juniors as a recruiting technique and those are less expensive.

    I don't buy all the hype. Shipping the kids off to who knows where with who knows who doesn't make leadership. Giving them responsibility, teaching them to give back to the community and a job does a lot!
  • KelownaKelowna Registered User Posts: 2,829 Senior Member
    It is not selective at all , therefore not prestigious. Money = participation.
    Go if money is not an issue, as those conferences are quite expensive.
  • LWMDLWMD Registered User Posts: 334 Member
    I consider it an expensive field trip that gives no additional weight on your college application.
  • soprano_singersoprano_singer Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Hi, I just recieved a Letter from the National Youth Forum, and Iam wondering if it actually exists or is it a scam?
    thank you
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