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BOTTOM LINE: A VERY PROFITABLE BUSINESS VENTURE FOR THE FOUNDERS: I checked out the non-profit tax returns on this organization (Form 990) to see how legit they are. I have experience running non-profits, so knew a bit what to look for. If you read the tax form carefully, what you find out is this:
The non-profit corp of Congressional Youth Leadership Council, which runs the National Youth Leadership Forum as well as the Junior Nat'l Young Leaders Conference was started by the team of Richard Rossi and Barbara Harris who also started (in the same year) a for-profit corp called Envision EMI, LLC. It just so happens that Envision has the exclusive contract with CYLC to run all their programs. On the 2006 tax form, the compensation paid to Envision by CYLC exceeded 18 MILLION dollars (from a total revenue of CYLC of over $56 million).
As it stated on the CYLC tax form, "all full-time staff working on the account of CYLC are employees of Envision. CYLC pays Envision for payroll and related costs as well as management and marketing fees."
To me, that arrangement makes it clear that this program continues to be run for the purposes of profit to the founders and current operators. I'd be very curious about the founders' relationships with the board members of the non-profit entity.
My daughter attended the DC and Boston conferences. We are sending her back to the Florida State conference. She had a great time, came home full of information and ideas, was exposed to skills that she needs to develop, and was able to talk about history and leadership skills. The first year, we had her teach a four week Sunday School course on leadership skills, and she did a great job. She used the skills in Girl Scouts, school and church. She gets a chance to be away from us and her teachers, but with adequate supervision. They also work HARD. This is not a play around camp, but a strong academic and skills based conference. I have reviewed their materials and have been quite impressed each year. I look them over when planning Girl Scout sessions.
Yes, it is costly, but while we can pay for it, I think we are getting something neither I nor her community can provide her.56850
Basic Organization Information CONGRESSIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
Physical Address: Rockville, MD 20850 EIN: 52-1389316 Web URL: www.cylc.org NTEE Category: O Youth Development O50 (Youth Development Programs) Year Founded: 1985 Ruling Year: 1985 Login or register to see this organization's full address, contact information, and more!
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I have posted this information so that those of you who need the EIN number to try and deduct child care costs can do so. Our daughter received the "Nomination Packet" and after talking with a family that participated the year before we opted NOT to take part in this. 76906
If anyone is looking for proof positive that this is definitely a scam, I've got it. Today my 16 yr old son received the congratulatory packet in the mail, telling him what an honour it is to be chosen for his academic & leadership achievements. Unfortunately, despite being a very intelligent child, my son has had a very rough year & is currently at risk of failing the 10th grade. And his freshman year was a bit of a struggle too. So, unless they're basing this "nomination" on his performance in middle school (which was 2 years ago now), they are completely full of crap!
I love my son & know the sort of academic achievement he IS capable of & might even be taken in by this, if he were living up to potential right now, but that is not the case. 82620
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