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Is National Young Leaders Conference a Scam?

Question: Is the National Young Leaders Conference Program (NYLC), that includes a six-day visit to Washington D.C. and is sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), a scam or not? They are asking for a tuition of $1,700, which sounds awfully high.

Most of the students in my orbit praise the National Young Leaders Conference Program (NYLC) and its affiliated programs as being very interesting and well-run. However, these programs are indeed expensive. Many high schoolers think it's a big honor to be "chosen" and that by putting NYLC on their applications, they'll get a boost at college-admissions time. But this is simply not true. Too many students are "invited" to take part to make this a truly selective organization, and so many college candidates do take part--especially those from the more well-heeled families--that college-admission officials usually just yawn when they spot NYLC on an application.

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