This summer, Ricky James Jr. from St. Thomas is joining outstanding high school students from across the nation to take part in a unique academic and career-oriented development experience, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Medicine, which is taking place from June 15-24 on the campus of Emory University, in Atlanta, Ga.
NYLF Medicine is one of the Envision family of programs [www.envisionexperience.com] that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.
James was nominated to attend this forum by one of his teachers at the VI Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy. He survived two catastrophic hurricanes in the Virgin Islands and was able to make a difference in his community during the recovery and rebuilding stages as he volunteered with the All Hands and Hearts Volunteer Group. This group is a non-profit organization that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging and leveraging volunteers, partner organizations and local communities.
James is an avid golf player with the Mahogany Run Jr. Golf Team in the Virgin Islands, and he attends the University Bound Program. As a rising high school senior, he looks forward to gaining the hands-on medical experience this forum will provide.
“NYLF Medicine is a great opportunity for high-achieving scholars to get outside the classroom and see, through hands-on interactive learning, how to innovate and think creatively,” said Andrew Potter, chief academic officer for Envision. “These students, who have already proven themselves academically, will be challenged to work on real-world, student-created projects to bring their studies and career interests to life.”
Since 1985, Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students in more than 145 countries, with programs designed to help them develop the leadership, scholarship and career skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive college and career landscape.