Are The National Youth Leadership Forum Programs Worth It?
Based on the questions in my in-box, I guess it is that time of year again—time for letters notifying students of their nomination for National Youth Leadership Forum programs and the summer experiences you can elect to join.
First, National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) programs are legitimate. This is not a scam, but this program is no more recognized than other organized summer-camp program. The letter makes it seem as if NYLF is the only way your child can receive this type of recognition and enrichment. I’ve had many students over the years attend the summer programs and I think they can be great enrichment experiences for students, but I would encourage you to shop around.
Just so you understand the nomination process—teachers, counselors, and deans are sent nomination forms. Many list top students and send them back to National Youth Leadership Forum. Some programs also get mailing lists from the SAT, PSAT, ACT, PLAN, etc. Once they have compiled names they send their promotional materials to the student telling them they have been nominated for the program.
Yes, it is a nice to recognize top students. However, I feel as if the marketing materials overstate the prestige. Hundreds of students at each high school are nominated to participate; it is not an exclusive opportunity.
Colleges like to see students develop their interests. National Youth Leadership Forum programs are one way to do this. Unfortunately, the programs are often limited to a week to 10 days and cost more than many other camps. Personally, I like to see students participate in programs that also enhance their knowledge of the college experience and/ or show their own creativity and willingness to develop their interests independent of an organized program.
You might want to compare the National Youth Leadership Forum offerings to the programs offered by different colleges. If one can participate in a two-week college program for the same price, he or she will also gain an appreciation for dorm and college life.
Another great summer opportunity is to create your own opportunities, which shows even greater initiative.
I can’t say whether the National Youth Leadership Forum program is right for your family. I have known students in the past who have participated and loved it. I do think there are other less expensive options that will provide extra enrichment and experience in the field. Understand that this is just one of many options for your student.
[Update: We discuss the National Youth Leadership Forum programs and other options on the January 26, 2015 episode of The College Prep Podcast. The discussion begins around 22:20 minutes. You can listen on iTunes (episode 27) or online here.]
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It is that time of year – letters from the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) start arriving. Please know that Chadron High School has not nominated your son or daughter, because this organization is for-profit. We support the National Honor Society (NHS) which has a chapter at Chadron High School and doesn’t require such fees; it is non-profit. National Honor Society (NHS) is respected and honored by colleges and universities.
Here is some basic information: The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) is a for-profit national organization established in 2002 and claims 500,000 members. Students pay an individual fee of $60 to join. NSHSS is operated from a corporate office in Atlanta, Georgia and doesn’t have local chapters.
These recognitions, often referred to as Vanity Awards, should be checked out thoroughly before a payment is made to an organization. You are paying for the title on a resume, a certificate, and a name in a book, which you may then also purchase.
The National Society of High School Scholars lists membership services on its website, but these services are available to anyone, without paying a fee. All students can easily access college and scholarship information through free online search engines such as those listed on our website under the Post-Secondary tab and Scholarships tab. EducationQuest’s free services can do what NSHHS offers and more!
I am very proud of our senior class so far this year - they have been working their tails off in the high school applying to college, talking about work/gap year options, and applying to scholarships! Please click on the link for a list of all scholarships we have been sending out to the kids and working on in College Readiness Class.
Look for many more to come out in the next few weeks. ALSO, all students in my College Readiness class have set up a ScholarshipQuest account. This account will directly pair them with national and Nebraska scholarships that they are directly eligible to apply for. This site is truly amazing as it does all the searching and pairing for the kids. As a parent you may want to sit down and have your student log into this account so you can see what it looks like!
The December ACT late registration deadline is THIS Friday for any student who wants to give the ACT one more shot. Many schools are telling us they will still take the December ACT for scholarship consideration. Remember, a 25 and above gets you full tuition at Chadron State, Wayne State, and Peru State Colleges and a 21-24 get's half!! I encourage all students to apply to Chadron, Wayne, and Peru with their easy and free application process!
The students also need to work on scholarship applications for the SPECIFIC colleges they applied to. Example: Once you are admitted to Chadron State College you must log into your MyCSC account and click the To Do List to access the scholarship link and fill out the online scholarship form. These deadlines are FAST approaching so there is little time to waste on apply to specific colleges and their college only scholarships.
Last but not least I am looking at incorporating a few Senior Scholarship Work Nights from 6-8 p.m. next semester. The tentative dates are January 15th (6-8) February 12th (6-8) look for more information to come next month!
I have attached the EducationQuest monthly bulletin, great information here! Please call or email if there are any questions.
Senior Parents -
On Wednesday September 14th the CHS guidance office will be hosting an APPLY TO COLLEGE CAMPAIGN DAY in accordance with the EducationQuest college fair hosted at Chadron State College. Our goal is to show every senior how to apply to at least one college so that they feel competent and comfortable to apply to as many as they would like to in the future, as well as show them what an official college visit and tour looks like.
Chadron State College will be hosting all of our seniors on Wednesday, September 14th. We will meet at school this day and walk up to the college together. In the morning all students will split up into small groups and attend a financial aid meeting, department meeting with professor, as well as an official tour. We will eat lunch in the college cafeteria (purchased by the guidance office at CHS), and in the afternoon we will attend the EducationQuest college fair in the new arena at CSC. Students will be released after the college fair, approximately around 2:30 and will be free to go home for the day.
The list of colleges attending the fair are listed on the back of this letter. Seniors do NOT need a permission slip to attend as it will be considered a school activity and supervised by the CHS guidance office staff.
ALSO take note of the senior financial aid parent meeting that will be held THIS MONDAY NIGHT, September 12th at 5:30. This meeting is for any parents interested in learning more about scholarships, college, FAFSA, and entrance requirements to two and four year colleges. The meeting will be held at the CHS in room 204 (NOT the auditorium). If you are unable to attend the meeting will be recorded and podcasted on my webpage: www.cardinalcounseling.weebly.com.
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