This summer, Kadyn Alexa Smith, a rising 4th grader at Vance Providence Elementary School, daughter of Sophia Smith and Travarn Banks, joined other elementary school students from across the state to take part in a unique academic development experience. The National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM took place July 6-11, where Smith and other students stayed and participated, at the campus of Converse College in Spartanburg.
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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. Smith was nominated to attend the forum by her teacher, Mrs. Akeisha Arnett-Jones. In addition to being an honor student Smith is passionate about math and science. Smith enjoyed the hands-on experience at the forum. Smith's favorite part of attending an Envision program was being with motivated students in an environment designed to helped challenge her assumptions, meet new people, and grow.
At NYLF Pathways to STEM, Smith built the confidence and skills needed to excel in the classroom while gaining exposure to STEM fields and concepts. She learned 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.