South Plainfield, NJ – This summer, Fiona Ramdawar from South Plainfield, NJ will join outstanding elementary school students from across the state to take part in a unique academic and career oriented development experience, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM, taking place at Rider University.


NYLF Pathways to STEM is one of the Envision by WorldStrides family of programs ( that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.


 “I’m excited to attend the program because Engineering can be fun,” said Fiona. “Solving mysteries is also cool and being invited is a great accomplishment. I can’t wait to meet other kids!”

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The daughter of Jennifer and Travis Ramdawar of South Plainfield, Fiona was nominated to attend the forum by her guidance counselor, Carly Ashnault, at Riley Elementary School. Fiona, who will be attending Grant School this Fall, is part of Riley’s Student Council, Orchestra, Chorus, Safety Patrol, and the Gifted and Talented Program.  Fiona’s favorite subjects in school are Art and English Language Arts (ELA). She enjoys dance, art, playing the violin, reading, swimming, and playing Roblox with her friends. Fiona is also a part of Spotlight on Dance’s competition company.


“As an alumna of Envision myself, I am excited for Fiona 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.”


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.