This summer, Saiyuri Morris, a fourth-grader from St. Patrick Catholic School in North Hollywood, will join outstanding elementary school students from across the nation to take part in a unique academic development experience, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYFL): Pathways to STEM. The program will take place at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

NYFL Pathways to STEM is one of the Envision family programs, which enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.

Saiyuri was nominated to attend the forum based on her high academic achievement by her fourth grade teacher Mrs. Coulsell. In addition to participating in her school Mass as a lector, Saiyuri is very passionate about her art, and spends time helping to feed the homeless and caring for animals. 

With dreams of being a veterinarian, she looks forward to gaining the hands-on medical experience that the forum provides and is excited to live on the Occidental College campus. 

“NYFL Pathways to STEM 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, the Chief Academic Officer for Envision. “These students, who have already proven themselves academically, are 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 students develop the leadership, scholarship and career skills needed to succeed in today's competitive college and career landscape.