Jake Officer participates in National Youth Leadership Forum
Posted By Kim Swindell Wood | September 23, 2019 2:16 pm
Jake Officer attended the National Youth Leadership Forum: National Security-Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense in July. He joined other outstanding high school students from across the nation in this unique academic development experience. The six-day program gave him an insider’s look at potential career paths and put everything they learned into practice with challenging, hands-on simulations. He as able to experience campus life at the University of Maryland, College Park and formed friendships with future colleagues. He met with civilian policy makers and senior military officers who are involved in the implementation of national security strategies in a variety of keynote speeches, panels and small groups speaking events. He was able to participate in an engaging real-world simulation to see how top policy makers employ crisis decision-making processes. He received briefings from national security professionals to gain insight into agency collaboration and information analysis.
NYLF National Security is one of the Envision family of programs that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom. He visited the House of Representatives at the US Capitol, the U.S. Department of State, FBI headquarters, the Pentagon and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Jake was nominated to attend the forum by his STEM teacher Mrs. Eller and Freshman Principal Mr. Aaron at White County High School. Other WCHS students have attended forums presented by Envision but Jake is the only rising sophomore to have participated. In addition to participating in student government and being a member of his school’s TSA chapter, Jake is also passionate about sports and plays varsity soccer. With dreams of becoming a cybersecurity professional, Jake is looking forward to using the leadership skills that the forum provided as he pursues his future career.
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.