Johnston to take part in National Youth Leadership Forum

BUCKHANNON — This summer, Joshua Johnston from Buckhannon, W. Va., will join 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: National Security, taking place this summer on the campus of University of Maryland.

NYLF: National Security is one of the Envision by WorldStrides family of programs ( that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.

Joshua was nominated to attend the forum based upon his Academic Achievement at Buckhannon Upshur High School and interest in the Field of National Security- Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense. In addition, Joshua is a member of the FFA team at Buckhannon Upshur High School. Joshua is passionate about Computer Technology. With dreams of becoming a member that influences and makes a difference in the Cyber Security World.

“As an alumna of Envision myself, I am excited for Joshua Johnston to meet, work, and collaborate with other high-aspiring students from across the country and the globe,” 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: National Security, students build the confidence and skills needed to excel at college and in the workplace. 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.”

For over 35 years, Envision by WorldStrides has empowered extraordinary students to become their best selves through programs that enable them to discover their passion, explore a career, and positively impact their world. In 2018, Envision became part of the WorldStrides family. The largest provider of educational travel and experiences in the United States, WorldStrides works with over 50,000 educators each year to help more than 550,000 students see the world—and themselves—in new ways.


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