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 Gain a Global Perspective

Spend 10 amazing days in Washington, D.C. and New York City where you will adopt in-demand leadership skills, gain the diverse perspectives of peers from around the world, and connect with global-issues leaders. Join other students from across the globe for this extraordinary opportunity to step into the role of a global leader, learn from and interact with subject-matter experts, study the art of cross-cultural communication, and be empowered to fully realize your true potential.

Global Young Leaders Conference High School Student Participant

About the Global Young Leaders Conference 

World Experiences for 21st-Century Leaders

Set yourself apart in today’s globally competitive world. At the Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC), you will be inspired to expand your horizons by fully exploring cultural differences, gaining firsthand exposure to the challenges of international diplomacy, developing your passion for international affairs while exploring a future career, and gaining a fresh, new global perspective.

This 10-day leadership journey provides an out-of-classroom learning experience and rigorous curriculum that equips students from all 50 United States and more than 145 countries with the confidence, independence, skills, and global competitiveness required of the next generation of leaders.

At GYLC, you will develop into a true global citizen, acquire in-demand leadership skills, and get the travel experience of a lifetime—all in just 10 days. You will have the opportunity to visit international embassies; participate in Global Issues Workshops, during which leading authorities present various 21st-century challenges impacting our world; and hone the communication, decision-making, and negotiation skills you need to be a 21st-century world leader.


Students attending select high school and college programs are eligible to receive college credit(s) through George Mason University.

2022 Dates & Tuition

Washington, D.C.
& New York, NY
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, VA
& St. John's University in New York City
June 21-30 Mason College Credit
Pre- and Post-Program Extensions

Tuition includes room & board, site visits & transportation during the program, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and faculty & staff.

Please note: Tuition will be increasing by $100 for all sessions and locations on February 1, 2022, as a result of increased program operation and other inflationary costs. Additionally, we are currently evaluating all aspects of GYLC and may make changes to the curriculum, site visits or program location to ensure the program meets the most up-to-date health and safety standards.

Program Highlights VIEW MORE

High school students participating in an embassy site visit at the Global Young Leaders Conference
Site Visits

See where the decisions are made when you visit some of the most important institutions of international collaboration and debate. Past sessions received tours of international embassies, the Department of State in Washington, D.C., and the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

High school students engaged in cultural experiences at the Global Young Leaders Conference
Cultural Travel Experience

Explore the United States’ capital and its landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and Smithsonian Institute. In New York City, visit distinguished museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met), enjoy a dinner cruise on the New York Harbor, where you can catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty, and much more.

High school students exchanging ideas with international experts at the Global Young Leaders Conference
Interact with Leaders

Make new self-discoveries and international friends as you work side by side with peers and experts from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Learn from and exchange ideas with some of the world's top policy officials, lobbyists, journalists, diplomats, business leaders, and academics.

Global Young Leaders Conference student engaged in a global summit simulation at the United Nations
Real World Simulations

Hone your skills in communication, decision making, goal setting, and negotiation, and put them into practice in a real-world simulation—the Global Summit. This is your chance to step into the role of a global leader as you act as a diplomat representing a country on international commissions, with the goal of bringing people together to a consensus on an issue of worldwide importance.


Enrich Your Envision Experience

GYLC offers opportunities for you to enhance your Envision experience by participating in one or both program extensions: Pre-Program Orientation in Washington, D.C. and City Adventures: New York City. The pre-program extension allows you to get settled in Washington, D.C. and jump-start meeting other GYLC students. During City Adventures: New York City, you will make new memories while exploring all the Big Apple has to offer.



Tuition Tuition for GYLC covers most of the expenses incurred during the conference. Tuition DOES NOT cover transportation to and from the program. LEARN MORE


Scholarships Envision offers a limited number of scholarships to qualified students each year based upon financial need, scholastic leadership, achievements, and other factors. LEARN MORE



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Payment Plan

Payment Plan

You may pay in full today or choose to use one of our payment options.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2022-2023 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.


  • Is the Global Young Leaders Conference right for me?

    This program is for you if you are a high-achieving high school student who has demonstrated academic achievement and leadership potential. The Global Young Leaders Conference is your springboard to investigating exciting career possibilities and leadership roles on a global scale. To attend GYLC, you must be between the ages of 15–19. Most of our students are either nominated by educators or selected through our academic partnerships; however, we do accept a limited number of students through our competitive application process. If you have not been nominated or selected but are interested in taking advantage of the life-changing opportunities that the program provides, we encourage you to submit an application today.

  • What is included in tuition?

    Tuition for GYLC includes housing, conference materials, two meals per day, and private motor coach transportation during the program.

    Transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for one meal per day, souvenirs, and other incidentals.

  • What official government documentation do I need to attend the program?

    If you are NOT a U.S. citizen, your passport information is required for special conference activities, such as visits to government buildings and international embassies.

    If you are a U.S. citizen, only your U.S. Social Security number and state of residence are required—your passport information is not needed.

  • How will I be supervised?

    Your safety and well-being during the program is our highest priority. The program is structured so that you will reside in a safe, controlled environment. You will be closely supervised by professionally trained staff, including advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel, operations personnel, and a program lead.

    For over 35 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. Other Envision safety measures include:

    • Greeting students at the designated airport upon their arrival, providing shuttle service directly to the program site, and providing shuttle service back to the airport on Departure Day*
    • Maintaining an overall student-to-staff ratio of 17 to 1
    • Attendance is taken throughout the program, and students are required to attend all program activities
    • Checking rooms nightly and working with hotel security for any after-hours concerns
    • Staff member rooms are interspersed among student rooms on each hallway in residential housing
    • Equipping all staff members with two-way communication devices


    *There is an additional fee for shuttle service.

  • Where will I stay?

    For the 2022 GYLC programs, you will reside at the Sheraton Pentagon City hotel in Washington, D.C. and St. John's University in New York City. 

  • How many students share a room?

    Each room will house two to four students, depending on the housing location. You will have your own bed. Your room will include fresh linens and towels (but extra blankets and towels are recommended). The bathroom is shared.

  • What is the dress code for this program?

    You should plan to wear professional attire during most program events. Professional attire includes suits and dresses, skirts or slacks paired with a blouse or button-up shirt and a suit jacket. Skirts and dresses must fall at or below the knee. Participants who choose to wear a collared button-up shirt must also wear a tie. Comfortable dress shoes are essential, as you will be walking a great deal during the program.

    You will have the opportunity to dress casually most evenings during the program, which can include clothing items such as jeans, appropriate-length shorts, and casual shoes.

    For more detailed information about the dress code for this program, visit your personal web page, which will be available to you after you enroll.

  • What is the code of conduct for this program?

    Attending GYLC is fun, but it is also an honor. Like all meaningful experiences, you will get out what you put into your time spent at this exciting conference. You are expected to conduct yourself as a responsible 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 program rules.

  • I am a student requiring specific accommodations. Can I still attend?

    Yes, we encourage you to enroll. Envision by WorldStrides believes in working with families to accommodate student needs and encourages the participation of students who feel prepared to meet the academic, social, physical, and emotional demands of the program environment. We may be able to provide appropriate auxiliary staff and services to assist students as needed if notified in advance. We encourage families, guardians, legal representatives, or educators to contact the Office of Admissions for more information and to discuss particular accommodations before applying for enrollment in the program.

  • What are the pre-program assignments? Do I have to do them?

    The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. As part of your program, you'll have access to WorldStrides' newest digital platform: MyActionPath.

    WorldStrides has partnered with PAIRIN, a leader in career and life planning and assessment, to help our students along their lifetime learning journeys. The result of this partnership is MyActionPath—a personalized, virtual GPS that guides you along your desired career pathway and helps you identify ways to enhance your skills and achieve your goals. MyActionPath can assist you in deciding which professional field might suit you best, makes recommendations based on your goals and dreams, and provides you with educational and supportive resources. Before you arrive to your program location, you'll receive more information via email on how to begin this exciting career-planning journey.

  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    Vegetarian options are always available. Vegan, kosher, and halal meals can be made available to you, provided your request is submitted prior to the start of the conference. When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests, including any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

  • Can the GYLC accommodate specific religious needs?

    Yes. GYLC welcomes students of all religious and cultural backgrounds. We are happy to work with you. Please contact our Office of Admissions prior to the start of the conference, so we can prepare for your experience.

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