This summer, Ember Rose Cavazos and Alejandro "AJ" Villarreal joined outstanding middle and high school students from across the nation to take part in a unique academic and career oriented development experience, Envision's National Youth Leadership Forum in New York City at St. John's University.

The leadership program, from July 7 to 12, is one of the Envision family of programs ( that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.

“Envision 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, will be challenged to work on real-world, student-created projects to bring their studies and career interests to life.”

The students were nominated by 8th grade History Pre-AP teacher Becky Lutzke at William Adams Middle School and sponsored by Dr. Sergio Cantu.

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.