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National Young Leaders Conference

Burt OzarowBurt Ozarow Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
edited November 2009 in Parents Forum
My daughter recently received an invitation to attend the National Young Leaders Conference. She will be a junior in high school and was nominated by one of her teachers. Does anyone know anything about this program? Does it have any credibility with college admissions officers and would it enhance a prospective student's resume?
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  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    Burt, there are many threads on this subject, do a search. The skinny is that it is not a selective program and it will not enhance to the students resume. However, some people have felt that it is a good experience, that it is worth the money, and that it does show that the kid is doing something during the summer. The bottom line seems to be to do it for personal enrichment but not for impressing admissions officers.
  • GetOuttaBuffaloGetOuttaBuffalo Registered User Posts: 850 Member
    I went, had a blast, and impressed counselors there so much I got an invite to come interview and was selected to be the Keynote Speaker for their JrNYLC conference in the fall (all expenses paid). Time of my life honestly. Try to get sponsored to ease expenses.
  • willmingtonwavewillmingtonwave Registered User Posts: 3,344 Senior Member
    I also went, and had a really great experience. Go for yourself, becuase I suppose anyone can go if they really want. Don't go to put on your resume, because it won't help a lot.
  • TetragrammatonTetragrammaton Registered User Posts: 392 Member
    The NYLC is, according to those who go, a very rewarding and fun experience. However, their marketing scheme of "colleges like this program" is misleading. Colleges know the most impressive programs, and NYLC is not one of them.
  • over30over30 Registered User Posts: 2,411 Senior Member
    My son really enjoyed the entire program. Met our senators and representatives (one still corresponds with him), and got him interested in Model UN. He wrote one essay about the experience. Going is not that prestigious - it's what you make of it.
  • PrincessPaige76PrincessPaige76 Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    I didn't go to NYLC... but I did go to a Lead America program. Like pretty much everyone else has said, its not a very prestigious program, but it is an extremely rewarding experience. I will always remember my conference as an awesome time and it really helped my to come out of my shell. Oh yeah... and it does give you something to talk about for interviews (maybe not so much the admissions ones, but for scholarships). My conference was on forensic science, and I was talking about it during one of my scholarship interviews... turns out one of the men interviewing me worked for the FBI for years, and he was really interested in the program... I got the scholarship, so it couldn't have hurt to talk about it right? :)
  • backhandgripbackhandgrip Registered User Posts: 1,498 Senior Member
    I know some folks who had their children attend. One boy we know changed his mind concerning his eventual college major as a result.It can be another feather in your child's cap, another accomplishment, and sometimes the high school if aware of your intentions to attend can provide a scholarship. (they do at our H.S.) Also know another girl who fundraised to provide money to attend. She sold candy or something in the cafeteria at lunchtime to the kids and got together a significant amount. There also was a can at our local bakery counter for her but I can't imagine making a lot of money for the purpose this way.
    The reason my sons did not go was we felt many of the places they would be taken we could take them at much less cost.Also be aware you are always welcome at your congressman's Capitol office and they may even take you to lunch if they know you are coming in advance.
  • bradoneil8907bradoneil8907 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I was just invited to go the the NYLC in the Fall and I'am having a hard time deciding if I should go or not. I have heard many conflicting reports about this program, from its a big scam, to it was the best life-changing experience of my life. If anyone has anything to say...PLEASE DO!!!!
  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Registered User Posts: 24,853 Senior Member
    From what I've read on various boards, none of those programs (national leadership, national health care, etc.) is a scam. If one is genuinely interested in the subject of any of those programs and one can easily afford the sky high price, it could be worth it to attend. The programs apparently are well run, a nice group of students is attracted to them, and the programs' curricula are interesting.

    However, it's important to know that the programs are not selective. Basically if one can afford to go, one can go. The fancy invitations and the "you have been nominated" are just marketing.

    Participating in the programs won't get one admitted to HPYS because the adcoms know that the main selection criterion for the program is being able to afford them. Schools like HPYS are far more impressed by students with the independence and creativity to create their own learning opportunities than by students who participate in pricey packaged ones.

    Participating in the programs, however, could impress less selective colleges where being willing to do something academic over the summer would make one stand out in the applicant pool. Consequently, the programs may help one get merit aid at second tier colleges and get into public colleges' honors programs. It also may help one get local opportunities such as internships with city officials or scholarships/awards for students who are interested in careers related to the fields of the conferences.
  • angel_spanglerangel_spangler Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I too am debating over whether or not I should go. My family and I are taking a trip to New York this summer and later I will be going to Arkansas so I am worried that I will not have enough time if I do this, too. I also don't know how I would raise the money in time. I understand it is a great oppourtunity, but wouldn't you be able to visit the same stuff for less money if you went on your own as opposed to this trip?
  • youarenumber6youarenumber6 Registered User Posts: 115 Junior Member
    These companies are the equivalent of "Who's Who" except they are selling you a multi thousand dollar seminar instead of a book. They sent a bulk mailing to your school. Your principal dumped the package on one of your teachers. Your teacher submitted some names.

    You are not a leader just because you went to a summer week with the word "Leadership" in the title.

    Want to be a leader?

    Read to the blind, work at a camp for children with cancer, volunteer at your local public access TV or Radio, get a job.
  • lspf72lspf72 Registered User Posts: 2,612 Senior Member
    If you can afford it, or raise the cost (a thousand dollars or so for the Washington trip?) and you are interested in government, politics, etc, chances are you'll find it very rewarding. It provides a chance to experience Washington with kids your own age and do things you probably wouldn't do on a family vacation. There are seminars where students assume different roles in goverment to handle, say, an impending crisis between two nations. They might meet with journalists at the National Press Club, meet their representatives, etc. There's also plenty of sightseeing. The kids we know who attended really enjoyed it and felt they learned a lot. It certainly wasn't done to impress anyone.
  • youarenumber6youarenumber6 Registered User Posts: 115 Junior Member
    The University of Richmond has a Homeland Security summer program. They teach you about various threats to our nation and home, They teach you to be vigilant and to be a leader if disaster strikes. You get a signed certificate of completion by the Director of Homeland Security.

    That's leadership.
  • //MoMo2//MoMo2 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Maybe thinking of options might help. Any experience is about enrichment. You could go to the NYLC conference make the most of it and be happy, or go to Greece instead and look at the ruins and make the most of it and be happy. If you have the monetary choice to have the experience why not take it?
  • momoney77momoney77 Registered User Posts: 271 Junior Member
    My D had the opportunity to attend a NYLC on medicine and did so the summer before her senior year. It opened her eyes to the many different fields of medicine. Since attending she now knows what she would like to be and has not changed her mind since then. Also, she was one of only 4 individuals who was chosen (picked a certain card for this) to scrub up and sit in on an open heart sugery. She got to stand over the womans face and watch a good portion of the sugery. It was pretty cool and an experience she won't forget. :)
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