I've never heard of it, but they have an extensive web site. Here are some selected excerpts:
All students are provided with written materials designed to foster self-directed experiential learning. The program's curriculum was developed under the direction of Dr. Donna Snyder, a former classroom teacher, elementary school principal and university professor. She earned a masters degree in school administration and curriculum development and holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. With Dr. Snyder's guidance, the curriculum offers a unique approach to leadership training.
Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC) program scholars represent the upper echelon of today's youth in both academic performance and community leadership. Each student is hand-selected for nomination by distinguished educators, mentors or CYLC program alumni, ensuring that every participant possesses the drive and determination to emerge as a future& world leader.
Our mission is to foster and inspire young people to achieve their full leadership potential. In support of this mission, over 400 members of the U.S. Congress and over 50 embassies representing countries around the world serve on the CYLC's Honorary Boards [PDF 106K].
A five-person Board of Directors with extensive backgrounds in business, economics, media and government relations establishes the policies and overall direction of the organization.
Now in its 20th year, CYLC is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan organization and is located in Washington D.C.
Tuition & Financial Assistance
Tuition for the 10-day National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC) is $2,185. The 6-day conference tuition is $1,295. Tuition includes all housing, program materials, breakfasts and dinners. Transportation to and from the conference location is not included. Participants will need money only for lunches and incidentals (phone calls, snacks, etc.).
The Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC) makes every effort to assist students with gathering funds for part or all of their tuition through fundraising and scholarships.
If you require financial assistance, CYLC has prepared a special fundraising guide [PDF, 178K] to help you raise the necessary funds within your community. In addition, the Office of Admissions is available to support you in your fundraising efforts.
Need a great idea for fundraising? Read the success stories of scholars who raised full or partial tuition to attend their program.
For more information regarding fundraising, you may send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
To offset the cost of tuition, CYLC has established a scholarship fund to assist youth who wish to participate in the program. Because scholarship funds are limited and demand is extremely high, several factors are considered in the allotment of awards including financial need, academic merit and student involvement in extracurricular and volunteer activities. Last fall, NYLC scholarship recipients had an average household income of approximately $18,000, maintained a 3.8 GPA and held significant leadership positions within their high schools and communities.