The National Youth Science Foundation (NYSF), Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1983 to provide STEM*-focused programs for students from all across the country and around the world. The NYSF’s flagship program, the National Youth Science Camp, is a four week session in the mountains of West Virginia that combines some of the brightest students in the country with top-notch scientists for lectures and outdoor adventures. Many students return later in their own STEM careers as guest presenters and perpetuate the traditions of the camp.
The mission of the National Youth Science Foundation is to inspire lifelong engagement and ethical leadership in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related professions through its proven educational model for mentoring, challenging, and motivating students. By building communities among students, teachers, and professionals, NYSF programs complement, broaden, and enhance the traditional school curriculum leading to careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related professions.
Consistent with this mission and available funding, the NYSF’s program portfolio includes:
- National Youth Science Camp (1963 – present; no program in 1983)
- West Virginia Governor’s School for Mathematics and Science (2005 – 2014)
- West Virginia Youth Science Camp (1994 – 1995; 2011 – 2014)
- Youth Science Discovery Experience (2010 – 2014, 2017)
- Youth Science Leadership Institute (2002 and 2006)
- Youth STEAM** Institute (2017 – present)
* STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
** STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics