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Old 03-23-2012, 07:35 AM
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Junior National Young Leaders Conference scam?

I want to know if this is some type of education/marketing scam. My friend's kid just got nominated, but they want like $2K and I suspect this to be at best money not-so-well spent, and at worst, a borderline scam. Here's the types of comments I'm seeing online:

"While these are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, I think there are a lot of opportunities that aren't money makers."

"Instead of coming right out and saying, ‘We organize these wonderful trips to Washington, and you can meet all these other kids who are interested in government and motivated,’ they play up the honor angle. It’s like a marketing scam.”

“Honors typically don’t come with a price tag,”

"Some teachers and guidance counselors toss requests for nominations in the trash; others see them as a way to recognize a deserving student"
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:22 PM
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Re: Junior National Young Leaders Conference scam?

I've concluded that this is indeed a scam. It's billed as a prestigious scholastic workshop, but it's not. The main thing to concern yourself with as a parent is if you feel like this trip would be of value to your child.

Let's say your child is in an interview for something in the future. The interviewer says, "I see here you went to NYLC last year...tell me about your experience." And your son is like "Yea, I had a good time." Then the $2,500 you spent was probably wasted.

However, if your son is like "It was the best thing ever! SO exciting! I got to see the capitol and all the monuments. I learned about governement and politics. It made me really want to be a congressman one day!" Then in that instance, this may have indeed been a worthwhile venture.

But rest assured, there is no noteworthy merritt or credentials in having gone to a NYLC summer workshop. If your kid doesn't take much away from it, then your money is wasted. And based on testimonials, most kids do little more than enjoy themselves. And if it's just about temporary enjoyment....$2,500 is a bit pricey.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:23 AM
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Re: Junior National Young Leaders Conference scam?

IT IS A SCAM! forget it. it caters to ego and that is it. it pretends to offer your child a once in a lifetime experience. for $2K it is too pricey. for the same--one in a lifetime experience-at government,politics,etc then try the AMERICAN LEGION BOYS STATE or GIRLS STATE. both are FREE.same interaction with government,politico types. look at PRESIDENT CLINTON, he went to Arkansas boys state and then onto Boys nation--met with JFK. it is FREE .you do not need a $2K trip to Washingtin,DC for that.


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Old 03-28-2012, 11:55 AM
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Re: Junior National Young Leaders Conference scam?

Thanks. It's a big company and I'm surprised I was the first person to make an article about them.

I was kind of shocked that so many teachers and school officials allow themselves to be played into this financial scheme, purportedly for "scholastic" reasons. Or worse, they fail to identify the scam at all, eventhough they should know better as educators.

I found out why NYLC only target the top students, as opposed to offering it to EVERYONE. If they offered this to the entire class, most kids parents couldn't afford it anyway. Then all the other kids and their parents would see that nobody is doing it and NOBODY would do it. But if they work the pride and ego angle, and focus on ONE kid who is doing well in school, then they are more likely to sell his parents on this overpriced summer camp, especially if they make it seem like the kid is SPECIAL. Because who doesn't want to believe that THEIR child is smart and special?!

I mean, you should've heard my poor friend: "I'm so excited and proud of my boy! This is a great opportunity for him!" And imagine the stuff she was telling him and getting his hopes up? All because some company wants to make money by soliciting parents and lying to them about their kids being special. That's disgusting imo. Extremely unethical marketing technique.
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