Applications Now Open
34th Annual National Student Leadership Conference at American University in Washington, D.C., June 10-15
The Council for Opportunity in Education invites applications for the 34th annual National Student Leadership Congress (NSLC). TRIO pre-college youth from across the United States and U. S. territories gather in Washington, D.C. to work together to find innovative solutions to today’s societal issues. NSLC is an intensive six-day leadership experience hosted on the campus of American University. Highlights of the event include a Mock Congress competition, diversity and inclusion training, interactive learning labs, college and career exploration, Washington, D.C. landmarks and museum tours, and a day on Capitol Hill! Students must apply before midnight ET on Wednesday, March 1. Student registration cost is $1,600 per student upon acceptance and includes lodging, meals, curriculum, and cultural experiences.
How NSLC Gives Students a Once-in-a-Lifetime Leadership Opportunity
February 15, 2023,
About the Leadership Congress
Establishing a national network of emerging leaders
COE encourages outstanding students from the high school graduating classes of 2024 and 2025 to apply and serve as a representative for the 2023 National Student Leadership Congress (NSLC). Students can expect a rigorous program with a full schedule that will challenge them and provide an intensive learning experience. Selected students must attend for the entirety of the program, which takes place June 10–15. This program is for new applicants only. Students who have participated in NSLC previously are ineligible to reapply.
Complete the Student Application and submit supporting materials before midnight ET on Wednesday, March 1.
NSLC is open to TRIO Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math-Science participants who will graduate in either the classe of 2024 or 2025. COE will notify all students of their acceptance status before Thursday, March 30. Upon notification of student acceptance, the nominating TRIO project director will receive an invoice in the amount of $1600.00 per student and the payment for the invoice is due upon receipt. Important note: NSLC student registration is an allowable project expense.
Once accepted, students will receive a checklist of items they will need for the event. If you have additional questions, please contact Angela Holley at [email protected].
The counselor’s role is crucial to the student’s experience and the success of the program.
Counselors will guide 10-15 students each through an intensive in-person six-day leadership experience for first-generation high school students. The counselor’s role is crucial to the student’s experience and the program’s success. Successful applicants will travel to Washington, D.C., and take part in facilitating a transformational experience for pre-college TRIO students from across the United States and U.S. Territories. NSLC counselors play a crucial role in assisting students as they work collectively to find innovative solutions to today’s societal issues. COE prefers current or former full-time or part-time TRIO staff, TRIO alumni, and former NSLC staff with experience working with pre-college students and summer residential programs. Since counselors work with minors, COE will conduct a background check.
Additional counselor duties include:
- Attending and partaking in daily staff debriefings,
- Facilitating group sessions for the Simulated Congress Challenge,
- Assisting with program logistics and evaluation,
- Managing emergencies,
- Helping students with technology as necessary, and
- Keeping students abreast of the schedule.
Get in Touch
Questions? Contact Director of Student Development Services Angela L. Holley.
Angela L. Holley
Director, Student Development Services [email protected]
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