Local youth taking part in forum

This summer, Gray Padgett from Florence will join outstanding elementary school students from across the state to take part in a unique academic and career oriented development experience, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM, in Greensboro, N.C. NYLF Pathways to STEM is one of the Envision by WorldStrides family of programs (www.envisionexperience.com) that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom. Gray was nominated for the program by LaKesha Meredith, STEM Lab teacher at Virtus Academy of S.C., where he is a rising 6th grader. Gray enjoys art, swimming, designing his own video and board games, playing the trumpet, and of course science. He is excited to participate in the program because they will be studying forensics and wilderness survival. His current plans include possibly joining the military and eventually becoming a JAG lawyer. He lives at home with his mom and dad, as well as two brothers, two dogs, and a cat. “As an alumna of Envision myself, I am excited for Gray to meet, work, and collaborate with fellow high-aspiring students from other cities and schools,” said Amanda Freitag Thomas, SVP for Envision. “Hands down, my favorite part of attending an Envision program was being with motivated students in an environment designed to help us challenge our assumptions, meet new people, and grow. “Creating that same learning environment is a central focus for all of our programs. At NYLF Pathways to STEM, students build the confidence and skills needed to excel in the classroom while gaining exposure to STEM fields and concepts. They learn how to adapt to and communicate in new situations, to new challenges, and with new people, which, given how rapidly the world is changing due to technology and innovation, are essential skills for success.”

Author: Rachel Howell

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