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Michaela Victoria West to Take Part in Envision’s National Youth Leadership Forum

Updated: Jul 28, 2021

BELTSVILLE, MD – This summer, June 20-25, 2021, Michaela West from Beltsville, MD will join outstanding high school students from across the nation to take part in a unique academic and career-oriented development experience, NYLF National Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy, Pentagon City, VA.

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

Michaela was nominated by her guidance counselor due to her natural leadership, outstanding academic achievement, and her visionary work. Michaela is a student leader in Seton Speaks, at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg Maryland. Seton Speaks is an initiative to inform and discuss issues regarding diversity inclusion, tolerance, and acceptance of all persons. Michaela also founded the 144 Acts of Kindness Project under the Good Knight Child Empowerment Network,, which includes the Bundles of Love Club,, for the homeless, an initiative to bring about change through positive reasoning and kindness in the world. Michaela is a four-time Carson Scholar Awardee, a recipient of the Maryland Governors Volunteer Service Award, a recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, a recipient of the Points of Light Award, The NFL Ravens’ Community Quarterback Award, Kohls Care Award, Hasbro Hero Award, and a five-time recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

“As an alumna of Envision myself, I am excited for Michaela West 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, Intelligence, and Diplomacy, 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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