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Get DJ To National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM

Organized by: Safiya Williams

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WOW! My son Demarco Williams has been nominated into National Youth Leadership Forum to Explore STEM at Loyola University in Chicago Illinois June 2016. The S.T.E.M program is a unique learning experience for bright, forward-thinking students who will evolve into our next generation of innovators, engineers, doctors, software developers, mathematicians, and physicists. We are totally honored to accept this nomination by his 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Johnson! Demarco, or more affectionately referred to as "DJ," has excelled and exceeeded expectations in so many areas of his life. We are so very proud of him as he reminds us all that he is working so hard because he wants to become an engineer when he grows up! DJ, in our eyes, is already our little engineer. You can almost always find him building something. Whether he's asking me to save all the paper towels and toilet paper rolls to make a hamster jungle, or rolling up and twisting my aluminum foil into a robot to do his chores, Demarco is constantly seeking knowledge to fulfill his curiosity of the nature in how things work. Demarco excells in writing and mathematics as well. Just last year as a second grader, he wrote a poem that won first place in the Clayton County Public Schools Literary Contest. This year, he tested into Accelerated Math courses, after displaying mastery of third grade math and demonstrating his understanding as a peer tutor to his class mates. I know, I know, I'm bragging on my kid, Right? But can you blame me? DJ is gifted! And what better way to reward the ones who work hard to become our future leaders than to put them in a position to excell even further? I don't mean to be long winded but in order for you to understand how important this opportunity is, you have to understand the type of child you will be blessing. Your contributution to his future is a contribution to the future of the world. Its children like Demarco Jr. that are the future doctors and leaders we all talk about creating. It's chldren like DJ who work hard everyday, going way past what's expected of them to change the stereotype and statistics of young black boys and men. We say we want to keep our children off the streets? It's programs like these that provide experience far past what their neighborhoods, television, and video games can provide. It's programs like these that allow young boys and girls to see a bigger world, the bigger picture. It's this bigger picture that enables them to think past peer pressure and make better chioces for themselves. They become more aware of how their decisions affect society as a whole because they've seen and now know that it's "bigger than me". It's programs like this that I ask you to help me send my son to. Help our communities rise by cultivating leaders. The money you raise will be used soley on tutiton and travel for the program. Tuition is $2000 Paid Directly to Envison Experience NYLF Pathways to STEM Travel Costs -$500 Here's what Demarco will have the chance to experience with your help..... During this six-day “summer camp,” students learn by doing as they take part in hands-on simulations, workshops, and site visits, while making new friends and having unforgettable adventures. Few fields are more important to the future of mankind than STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—and few show as much promise for future career opportunities. Virtually all career fields today require a solid foundation of STEM, and that’s precisely why these are the fastest growing areas of study—and the reason that STEM professionals are in the highest demand throughout the world. National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Explore STEM presents an invaluable opportunity for curious and high-achieving students to explore the frontiers of 21st century science and technology. STEM Educational Partnership with Discovery Education Partnering with Discovery Education, NYLF Explore STEM prepares students for a future in the STEM fields with proven curricula and engaging, dynamic digital resources that you can’t find anywhere else. This powerful education partnership expands Envision’s hands-on activities, with select usage of high-quality digital content and state-of-the-art resources to equip students with the tools they need to succeed in their future in college and career experiences. About Discovery Education Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications, the number one nonfiction media company in the world. The STEM field comes to life through keynote sessions with former NASA astronauts, as well as an engaging panel designed to illuminate future STEM opportunities. Explore STEM game controller A multidisciplinary curriculum is designed to help students find their passion through hands-on activities in video game design, robotics, medicine, environmental science, and much more! Explore STEM lightbulb Students gain important success skills to help them excel in high school and beyond, including time management, goal setting, conflict resolution, information analysis, collaboration, and public speaking. This opportunity would mean the world to Demarco, and our family. We truly celebrate him in all that he does because we recognize that we have something special. We would be immensely gratful and forever indebted to you for your contribution to his future. We will personally thank each and everyone of you with a picture of Demarco at Explore STEM along with personalized thank you letter written by DJ himself. Demarco will make us all proud, I'm sure of it :) Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping Demarco attend NYLF: Explore STEM. We are very grateful for any contritbutions and donations. God Bless.

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