Working Together for a Bright Future

Rossi student participates in National Youth Leadership Forum over summer

Rossi Elementary School fourth-grader John F. Gallo, III joined outstanding elementary school students from across the state this summer and took part in a unique academic and career-oriented development experience, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM, which took place at The College of NJ in Ewing, NJ.


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. Each day John participated in sessions on Leadership, Engineering, Medicine, Forensic Science, and STEM challenges. At the end of the week, students presented their presentations to their parents.


John was nominated by his former second-grade teacher, Courtney Gruccio at Petway Elementary School. During this past year at Anthony Rossi Elementary School, John participated in a science/math enrichment program, as well as numerous class projects such as fossil digs, growing a hydroponic classroom garden, and numerous outdoor lessons as facilitated by his third-grade teacher Amber Egorov. John was on the Principal’s list all four marking periods and aspires to be an engineer one day. Outside of school, John is a member of the Dolphin and Marlin swim teams, has played soccer for the past five years, and enjoys designing and building things. The hands-on experience he received at this STEM leadership forum reinforced his passion to inquire, explore and create through active learning.


“As an alumna of Envision myself, I am excited for John to meet, work, and collaborate with fellow high-aspiring students from other cities and schools,” 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 Pathways to STEM, students build the confidence and skills needed to excel in the classroom while gaining exposure to STEM fields and concepts. 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.”


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.