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Mason Jones will take part in Envision’s National Youth Leadership Forum.

This summer, Mason Jones from Emporia is joining outstanding elementary school students from across the state this week to take part in a unique academic and career oriented development experience, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM, taking place in Washington DC at the National 4H Conference Center.

NYLF Pathways to STEM is one of the Envision family of programs (www.envisionexperience.com) that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.

Mason was nominated by his second-grade teacher Mrs. Sharon O’Berry from Brunswick Academy. Mrs. O’Berry wrote “Mason was actively engaged in our STEM days, eager to learn more about each activity I had planned. He excelled in every monthly challenge, and looked for ways to take it to the next level. When I received the nomination list for Envision, Mason was one of my first choices! His love for Science has kept me on my toes, searching for activities that would challenge his abilities. I’m so glad he accepted the invitation to participate in the program and I can’t wait to hear all about it!”

“As an alumna of Envision myself, I am excited for Mason 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.”

Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students in more than 145 countries, with programs designed to help students develop the leadership, scholarship and career skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive college and career landscape.