JrNYLC Site Discoveries
Our nation's capital provides a distinctive location for Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) students to examine leadership in a historical context. Through explorations of prominent sites in and around Washington, D.C. and by focusing on notable leaders who helped shape our nation, students examine the six core leadership traits—character, communication, goal setting, respect, problem solving and teamwork—by means of a series of positive and engaging participant-driven learning experiences. After each of the Field Study Experiences, students take part in activities designed to connect both historical background and leadership traits in a modern-day example.
Sites that are related to the program curriculum of the Junior National Young Leaders Conference include:
- Capitol Hill
Students gain familiarity with the Capitol, Senate and House offices, The Supreme Court and the Library of Congress buildings where America's leaders make the decisions that shape our nation.
- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia
With National Park service guides, students participate in experiential activities and play the roles of the historic people who took part in abolitionist John Brown's raid on the federal arsenal in this strategically-located town as he tried to bring an end to slavery.
- The National Memorials, including Korean War Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Through visits to key monuments and historical landmarks students understand in a larger historical context just how significant strong leadership can be, the courage it requires and the changes it can bring about.
- American History Museum
A visit to this integral part of the Smithsonian Institution introduces students to artifacts and objects that cover the broad spectrum of America's past and examine leadership in a social, cultural and historical context.
- Photo Opportunity in front of the White House
As the pinnacle of power of our nation and world, the White House epitomizes how character, communication, goal setting, respect, problem solving and teamwork are so essential to leadership.
- Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, MD (Commencement hosted in IMAX Theater)
A trip to neighboring Baltimore, MD offers students the opportunity to share in the unique perspective on the way science affects our everyday lives.