Danielle, a rising senior at Atlanta Girls' School, flew to California on July 3 with her parents' backing and will be there through July 12 with 350 high school students from around the country who are interested in medicine and have demonstrated academic excellence.
During the 10-day trip, the students will tag along with prominent physicians, surgeons, scientists, medical educators and researchers at multiple medical facilities.
Danielle, who goes by Dani, will study public health, medical ethics, general practice, and also learn to diagnose and develop a treatment plan for a fictional patient. She is planning to attend Xavier University in New Orleans to study pediatric cardiology.
For Dani, the National Youth Leadership Forum comes on the heels of a three-week internship she recently completed at Emory University Hospital with Dr. Jonathan J. Langberg, director of the Heart Center.
Dani is a member of Green Pastures Christian Ministries in Decatur where she lives.
Though she has received awards in English, world history and biology, Dani is no bookworm. She also volunteers at the Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless program, the Sheltering Arms Early Childhood Education Program and the ACHOR Center's temporary housing, food and support services program for homeless women and children.
The National Youth Leadership Forum has helped more than 50,000 high-achieving high school and university students make well-informed career choices and position themselves for a challenging and diverse job market.
The Leadership Forum on Medicine is a tuition-based program that averages $2,045, which includes accommodations, instruction and meals.
Dani's parents, Robert and Yvonne Moales, are paying her way there.
For more information about NYLF, visit www.nylf.org.