This summer, Sebastian Sanchez from Macks Creek, Missouri 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, taking place in St. Louis, Missouri.

This summer, Sebastian Sanchez from Macks Creek, Missouri 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, taking place in St. Louis, Missouri.

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.

Sebastian Sanchez, has been nominated by his teacher, Ms. Jennifer Merchant of Macks Creek Elementary School to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM, an Envision program to be held at Washington University in St. Louis, MO this summer, 2020. Sebastian is a bright and highly motivated individual. In addition to his scholastic achievements and interests in sports Sebastian also participates in archery competitions, cooking club, coding club and youth group activities at his church. Sebastian was selected because Ms. Merchant recognizes him as "a student who already demonstrates exceptional maturity, scholastic merit, and leadership potential even at his young age."

Here’s what Sebastian has to say about this exceptional opportunity in his scholarship essay:

My name is Sebastian Sanchez and I am ten years old. I live in Macks Creek, Missouri with my family. I have been to seven different states which are New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Arizona, Missouri, California, and Illinois. My favorite sports are basketball and football. Last year I played flag football and was a wide receiver. This year I am ready for tackle. I have played basketball for about four years and I am really good at blocking.

I think a leader is someone who leads a group of people to accomplish a goal. I help my classmates do math by making the math problems clearer so they can solve it easier. This is one way I demonstrate leadership. Another characteristic of a leader is someone who exhibits compassion. Leaders often have courage and hope. They also show kindness and happiness.

I am excited to learn about C.S.I. in the hands-on experience that the forum provides. I am also excited to learn about survival. When I grow up, I want to be a basketball player of a football player. If I play football I want to play for the Chiefs. If I play basketball I want to play for the Celtics. I am also really excited to do engineering because I think I want to be an engineer when I grow up. If I can’t be any of these, then I want to be a paleontologist so I can discover a new species of any kind of animal.
“As an alumna of Envision myself, I am excited for Sebastian 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.”

Part of WorldStrides, a leading provider of educational travel and experiences, Envision offers programs designed to help students develop the leadership, scholarship, and career skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive college and career landscape. Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students from more than 145 countries.