Adam Painter

Adam was accepted to the Spring 2011 National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security
(NYLF/NS): Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense! He will be joining other
high-achieving students for this prestigious exploration of the fields of national security and foreign affairs.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This spring outstanding high school students from across the United States will
take part in a unique career development program in our nation’s capital. During the six-day program, the
National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security (NYLF/NS): Exploring American
Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense will introduce students to the challenging careers in national
security, intelligence, the diplomatic corps and more.
“Imagine being 16 or 17 years old and the responsibility of securing the United States at home and
abroad rests on your shoulders. Through specialized simulations, the National Youth Leadership Forum on
National Security strives to put students in the driver’s seat of building a strategy that will uphold our
national security,” said Marguerite Regan, Dean of Academic Affairs for NYLF. “The combination of
interacting with professionals and with other students in this setting ensures that leaders are being developed
so the future of our country will remain very bright.”
The curriculum for the Forum on National Security is based on actual world events. Throughout the
program, students use critical thinking, leadership and public speaking skills to tackle the complexity of
national decision-making as they examine how the U.S. plans for peace and prepares for crisis. They
employ a crisis decision-making process similar to that employed by the nation's top policy makers.
Students also participate in thought-provoking question and answer sessions with highly respected,
internationally recognized civilian policy makers and senior military. In addition, leading institutions open
their doors to NYLF/NS students, where they are educated in diplomacy, international affairs and military
strategy. Past programs have included visits to several government institutions and military installations,
such as the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development Command at Quantico,
the Defense Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Naval Academy, a variety of embassies and many others.
Founded in 1992, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) is an educational organization
established to help prepare extraordinary young people for their professional careers. Forums are offered in
11 cities across the United States in a wide variety of career fields, such as national security, law and
medicine. Over 50,000 young people have attended NYLF programs.