What communication have students who registered for NDLS 2020 received?

All students who registered for NDLS 2020 as well as their parent(s)/guardian(s) have received notification of the program cancellation via email and mail. If you are one of our school partners and a student does reach out to you for information, please share our contact information below.


Will students who registered in 2020 be able to attend in 2021?

While we will not be hosting our Seminar in 2020, our team remains dedicated to teaching leadership and community service skills to North Dakota high school students. In that spirit, our goal for NDLS 2021 is to be able to invite Juniors to attend as well. Our Board is discussing the details and will provide more information to schools and on our website in Winter 2020.

Who can I contact with additional questions?

Our 2020 Seminar Chair, Dana Altendorf at seminar.ndls@gmail.com or 701-360-0613.


Who pays for the Seminar?

All costs, except travel expenses, are paid for by many sponsors throughout North Dakota. We are able to provide NDLS free of charge to every student because of the generous contributions we receive from North Dakota businesses, foundations, individuals, and service organizations who believe in the value of youth leadership development.


What kind of program is planned?

During the Leadership Seminar, many dynamic leaders – all volunteers from the fields of business, education, and government – will address numerous aspects of our changing world and the challenges future leaders will confront.

The program will not promote any specific political party, business, religion, or way of thinking; but it is designed to develop an awareness of issues by actively involving seminar participants in discussions and informal debate. The student leaders will have the opportunity to ask questions of the discussion leaders throughout the weekend, which leads to a better understanding of topics presented.

The parents of each student leader are invited to the closing banquet and program on Sunday. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend this program that highlights the students’ experiences at NDLS.

Where do students stay?

At the University of Jamestown, students will stay at the dorms on campus. NDLS staff members will also be staying in the same buildings.