WASHINGTON, D.C. – Shaun Michel of Sabattus was recently selected to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence and Diplomacy from Tuesday through Sunday, Feb. 3 to 8.

Having demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in a career related to national security, Michel will join approximately 400 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from across the United States at the forum.

“Imagine being 16 or 17 years old and the responsibility of securing the United States at home and abroad rests on your shoulders. Through specialized simulations, the National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence and Diplomacy strives to put students like Shaun Michel in the driver’s seat of building a strategy that will uphold our national security,” said Donna Snyder, forum executive director. “The combination of interacting with professionals and with other students in this setting ensures that leaders are being developed so the future of our country will remain very bright.”

The curriculum for the forum is based on actual world events, allowing participants to learn from the examples set by previous generations of leaders and encouraging them to develop a perspective and tenacity unique to upcoming generations of leaders.

Throughout the forum, students will examine how the U.S. plans for peace and prepares for crisis. Students will meet with leaders from key agencies and institutions.

The forum is a nonprofit, educational organization committed to empowering young people to make well-informed career choices. For additional information, visit www.nylf.org.

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