National Leadership Conference Jobs

Interested NLC staff can submit applications beginning Monday, Nov. 15.

We seek individuals to inspire youth along a path of self-discovery, actualization, and empowerment. Volunteering at the National Leadership Conference offers staff members more than just the chance to work with youth – it offers the experience of a lifetime.

NLC 2022 will take place from June 11 to June 18. Staff training will begin June 8. We are eager to fill the many volunteer staff roles available for this summer. Interested applicants should review the available roles and can submit their applications online from Monday, Nov. 15 through Wednesday, Dec. 22.

Questions about working as a staff volunteer at NLC? Check out the FAQ below or email

The American Youth Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran’s status.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of employment?

Staff training begins on June 8. NLC begins on June 11 and runs through June 18.

What is the salary?

NLC positions are volunteer positions. We do offer a $200 travel stipend for everyone on the NLC staff team.

I have never been to camp or NLC before. Is that okay?

Of course! We are always looking to build a staff representative of our participant community, and many participants will be new, as well. So long as you are open to new experiences and people, we are open to having you join our team.

What do we do in staff training?

NLC staff will learn all about the mission, philosophy, and values of the American Youth Foundation. They will learn how to work with participants, how to facilitate activities, and will work to build our positive community. By the end of staff training, leaders will be prepared to facilitate large group activities, organize important events, and keep camp running smoothly.

Are food and housing provided?

Yes, food and housing are provided for the entirety of your time at Miniwanca.

There are a few options for housing during NLC, but it’s important to recognize that those spaces are really only used for sleeping. Most leaders will live in our rustic cabins with a few other staff members. Our cabins have open screened windows and flaps that roll down to cover the windows in inclement weather. We also have housing available in our Seay and Compton dorm buildings.

I don’t have a car. How do I get to camp?

Miniwanca will provide transportation from the Grand Rapids airport and bus station. It’s also common for staff members to carpool from different cities. A travel form will be made available once you are hired where you can let us know what your travel arrangements are.

What if I have dietary needs?

Miniwanca is able to work with a variety of dietary needs and allergies. At each meal, Miniwanca will provide dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian options. Miniwanca is peanut- and tree-nut aware and will not serve anything with those products in it. Some snacks and desserts may be created in a facility that uses peanuts or tree nuts, and safe alternatives will be offered when those are the general option.