This summer, View Ridge Middle School seventh grader Teegan Moore will join other outstanding middle school students from across the nation to take part in the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Explore STEM, a unique academic and career-oriented development experience in Denver, CO. NYLF Explore STEM is one of the Envision by WorldStrides family of programs that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.

Teegan Moore

Earlier this spring, Moore was nominated by Sheila Davis, his seventh grade STEM teacher, to participate in the program.  Outside of school, Moore is involved in his local church and youth group and loves to build, be creative, hike and explore nature.  Moore says he is most looking forward to exploring the forensics and robotics portions of the forum.  

“Teegan has shown so much growth this year,” Davis said.  “I thought he was a perfect candidate for the National Youth Leadership Forum for STEM because he approaches every challenge with an inquisitive and eager mind. He is driven, asks great questions and is clearly interested and excited about the work we do in STEM class each day. I really appreciate his attention to detail in his designs and his ability to turn his thoughts into drawings and models that communicate those ideas thoroughly. I am so excited for him to expand his interest and knowledge in STEM fields by taking part in the NYLF!”

“At NYLF Explore STEM, students build the confidence and skills needed to excel in high school, college, and the workplace,” said Amanda Freitag Thomas, Senior Vice President for Envision. “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.

The expenses for this unique experience are approximately $3,700. A fundraiser has been set up for those interested in supporting this local youth. You may contact the family directly at for additional information about how to make a donation.