It is March and the campaign to steal money from parents of high school students is begining in ernest again from the questionable National Youth Leadership Forum. The NYLF advertises itself as a forum for the education of students. It provides parental paid events for children with a tone of educational benefit and opportunity. What is it really?
The organization runs paid seminars and targets names they get from mailing lists. Nothing more.
If a senior member of the NYLF wants to be interviewed to dispute my concerns and opinions on their business practices, please let me know. I will be more then happy to do so, record it, and post it on the Internet for all to see. But parents, ask yourself, do you really think someone just decided to send you all this slick marketing material because Mrs. Jones loves little Billy and how well he is doing in English and nominated his name? All without your prior approval? And that Mrs. Jones has access to his academic record to state that your child is meeting the grade requirements on the nomination website?
The literature would have you believe that your child was nominated by a teacher or educator. Contact them when you get the well polished junk mail and ask them who released your students personal and confidential information. Then sue the local school board and send your child to college for free. This is when you will find out that your child checked a box on their SAT/PSAT or ACT.
What Jim, their marketing materials states -
“Students are nominated by educators, community mentors and alumni of NYLF programs. We also work with educational organizations such as the College Board and the National Research Center for College and University Admissions…”
They say right up front that they get information from mailing lists.
Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. They do say it. AFTER they lead you with the your child is sooo special statement about being hand picked. This is the marketing trap that they use to lure you in.
Parents, if you have $2000 to throw away to the NYLF and send your child out of your hair this summer for a week or two, then go ahead. Pay all of their travel expenses, give them lunch and spending money, and get them out of your hair.
If you need to save for college, if you need your child to get a scholarship, financial aid, and great grades so they can get into college, then take the flyer, call the NYLF, ask them where exactly they obtained your information. Ask them to remove your minor childs name from their databases and cease all mailings immediately. They will agree and advise you that mailers have already been produced for future mailings and those might not stop in time. Future mailings? Oh yes parents, be prepared to receive 3 or more of these slick letters, pleadings and beggings for your hard earned money to send little Johnny or Suzy away to the NYLF and all of its events. All in high glossy color, with plenty of smiling pictures of happy children.
Interested in Medicine? Your son or daughter get an invite to the NYLF-MED events? Take them to your favorite physician and ask them about the benefits and merits of your child going away to this fully paid summer camp. And then as you throw the flyer away, talk to your child about those people in this world who will try and take advantage of you at any turn.
Does the NYLF run its seminars? Yes. Are they worth it? I do not care. So what is the big deal? Their business practices of luring in parents with statements about their special child being nominated. And of course that they hide behind their status as a not for profit organization.
Or that they steal names from unsuspecting parents and students who check off a box on the SAT letting the college board share this information with education institutions. You will not get a letter from Harvard saying your child was nominated by an unknown educator, please send them to us. Yale has your name from that same list, as do all of the other colleges that send you marketing postcards, letters or literature. None of them have the full press marketing effort that the NYLF sends it targets. Be warned.
Is the NYLF a scam? Is the National Youth Leadership Forum a waste of money? You as parents have to decide that between you and your child. Use all the junk mail you will get tragrted as a lesson to educate your child on the value of money and how used car lots target you with slick offers to tug at your heart while they open your purse strings.
Parental warning – possible scam
Be aware that this organization gathers names from mailing lists and opted in examinations. Its primary source advertised in mailers and on its website and FAQ states “Students are nominated by educators, community mentors and alumni of NYLF programs. We also work with educational organizations such as the College Board and the National Research Center for College and University Admissions…”
This is a misleading statement. Parents are advised to contact the NYLF and ask them what teacher released their students personal and confidential information without your express written consent, thereby possibly violating federal, state and local school board policies. Then you will be informed that your childs name was provided because they may have selected a check box on their ACT, PSAT, SAT or other regional or national examination to receive marketing materials from educational institutions.
If your childs personal information has been released without your consent to the NYLF without your consent you should contact your local school board to pursue corrective action immediately for the safety of your child.