Karleigh Reeves, a junior at Cherokee High School and EBCI tribal member, will be attending the Washington, DC portion of the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED). She will be going to DC from June 13-22.
Throughout the 10-day forum, NYLF/MED will introduce students to a variety of concepts in public health, medical ethics, research and general practice and will include site visits to medical facilities and clinics. Scholars will engage in a simulation using problem-based learning, an educational method in which students will be presented a fictional patient’s case history and must diagnose and develop a treatment plan for the patient.
“Each student may very well be the face of the future of medicine,” said NYLF Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Marguerite C. Regan. “The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine creates a virtual classroom with hospitals, clinical facilities and healthcare professionals. By shadowing key personnel, these students will have a great opportunity to gain a behind-the-scenes perspective on a medical career. Timing is critical as young people explore their career paths, just prior to immersing themselves in college coursework.”
NYLF is an educational organization that brings various professions to life, empowering outstanding young people with the confidence to make well-informed career choices. NYLF has provided programming to more than 100,000 young people.
Karleigh has been on the Academic Honor roll all of her years in school, and she has been in Upward Bound at Southwestern Community College since the 8th grade. She volunteers through their program with various programs in the area. Karleigh is also an active member of the Cherokee Youth Council.
Karleigh is the daughter of Dawna Paul and the granddaughter of Wilbur and Maude Paul, all of the Yellowhill Community.
– Sources: NYLF/MED release and Paul Family