Maya Jewell to Take Part in Envision’s National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM


Milton, DE – This summer, Maya Jewell from Milton, DE will join outstanding elementary school students from across the state to take part in a unique academic development experience, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM, taking place this summer in Washington, D.C.

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

Maya was nominated to attend the forum by her third grade teacher, Danielle Squillante, at Southern Delaware School of the Arts due to her hard work and eagerness to learn. Envision offers on and off-site experiences to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. In addition to her interest in dance and visual arts, Maya loves science. She is looking forward to gaining the hands-on experience that the forum provides in subjects such as Robotics and Forensics.

Amanda Freitag Thomas, an alumna and SVP for Envision, said the following: “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. However, the cost of the program is $2,295. Maya is hoping for the support of the Sussex County community in raising enough money to attend. She is planning a car wash fundraiser and accepting donations at P.O. Box 4, Lincoln, DE 19960.