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ASULead Summer Camp at Appalachian State University: A four-day residential experience that equips select rising seniors from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Click here to watch the video. Click here to start applying.
Bank of America Student Leaders Program: High school juniors and seniors are awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity and Boys and Girls Clubs of America and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C.
Brookdale Lawndale Park Volunteer: For students who are compassionate and enjoy working with senior residents, this meaningful and rewarding volunteer opportunity includes one-to-one activities, groups activities, socials, community outings and much more. To volunteer contact: Carlie Pudney 336-286-3432 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Neuro and Camp Cardiac at Wake Forest University School of Medicine: Run by medical students, this is a one-week summer day camp for students 15 years and older who are interested in exploring careers in medicine. Scholarships available.
Camp Neuro and Camp Cardiac at UNC-Chapel Hill: Run by medical students, this is a one-week summer day camp for students 15 years and older who are interested in exploring careers in medicine. Scholarships available.
Camp Spark: Are you a female in grades 9-12 interested in a career in firefighting? If so, then Camp Spark is for you! Camp Spark is a FREE four day camp (July 6-9, 2020) that introduces females to the fire service in an interactive and engaging environment. Campers will learn the value of leadership, teamwork and learning the basics of firefighting from female firefighters. Click here to complete an online application.
Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Programs: Summer Session, students take two full-length Carnegie Mellon courses in a variety of disciplines, ranging from Computer Science, History to Music Technology. Summer Academy for Math and Science, provides students from underrepresented communities the opportunity to achieve skills to pursue and complete majors in STEM fields. National High School Game Academy, for students who want to learn about modern video game development through a unique blend of left- and right-brain college-level work. Computational Biology, a three-week program for students looking to learn more about the intersection of the two disciplines. Unique programs in the Fine Arts - Architecture, Art, Design, Drama or Music – in which the students experience developing their skills in a conservatory or studio setting. Writing & Culture is our new program this year. Guided by the mentorship and instruction of our highly distinguished, permanent faculty members, students will improve their ability to analyze complex, ever-changing problems through astute investigations of culture and society. Students may apply for the program here.
Carolina Sports Journalism Camp Interested in a future in sports journalism? For rising high school juniors and seniors with an interest in sports and media, this camp will include instructional sessions on sports broadcasting, sports writing, sports photography and much, much more. Includes practice in the field and will feature sports reporters and sports personalities. Students will take a behind-the-scenes tour of UNC’s sports media facilities. They will cover a press conference, write a sports feature story and experience what it's like to work on a sports media deadline.
Lead instructor Tim Crothers is a former senior writer for Sports Illustrated and author of three books: "The Man Watching;" co-author with Roy Williams on Williams' autobiography, "Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court;" and "The Queen of Katwe," which has been made into a Disney feature film. His work has also appeared in New York Times Magazine and ESPN The Magazine. Click here to apply.
Clemson C-CATS: Spend the weekend exploring Clemson University and building friendships with other top-performing students. Open to students in the top 10% of their class.
Clemson University Summer Scholars Program: Weeklong, on-campus, residential experience that allows academically minded learners: to participate in challenging academic courses on a specific topic or area of interest; to learn alongside university faculty and professional experts in university laboratories; to preview college life by living in a dorm, eating in university dining halls and enjoying campus facilities; to learn about college admissions and financial assistance; and to make lifelong friends. Click here to apply.
Cone Health Teen Volunteer Program: Get hands-on experience in a hospital setting while experiencing the personal satisfaction of helping others. Opportunities are available at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital, and MedCenter High Point. Must be at least 15 years of age by June 1. Must actively participate one day each week for all 4 weeks of the program. Must have a B average in high school (GPA=3.0+). Must attend a mandatory information session and orientation session, complete an application including a 100-word essay, provide a copy of immunizations, a current report card, and a picture (snapshot or driver's license). Click here to apply.
Design Camp at NC State University College of Design: An immersive, residential program covering the range of studio disciplines offered at the College of Design: architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, art + design, and graphic design. Residential camp projects require more time in studio, making the daily schedule much like that of an actual College of Design student. Campers also participate in evening activities aimed at strengthening their critical and creative thinking, deepening their understanding of the design field, and preparing them for college study in design and beyond. Cost: $1225 (includes housing, meals, instruction, supplies, activities, and insurance)
Duke University Summer Academy for High School Students: A 3-week non-credit summer program for students currently in grades 9-12.
Duke University Summer College for High School Students: A 4-week credit-bearing summer program for current 10th/11th graders.
Duke Youth Programs: Duke Youth Programs provides summer enrichment opportunities for academically motivated middle and high school students in specific areas.
Greensboro Children’s Museum Volunteer: Are you ready to play? Greensboro Children’s Museum seeks high school volunteers who are enthusiastic about community involvement, have a passion for working with children and their families in a non-traditional environment, enjoy engaging and hands-on experiences and are responsible, punctual, flexible individuals who follow through with their commitments; must attend a mandatory volunteer orientation prior to starting volunteer shifts. Click here to volunteer.
Greensboro Parks and Recreation Counselor in Training Program: For high school students who are 15 and older as of June 1st and are high energy and enjoy work with children. This service-learning program allows students to serve as junior counselors at one of 10 Community Recreation Centers or 2 specialty summer camps.
Greensboro Youth Council (GYC): Created to develop leadership and volunteer opportunities for Guilford County high school students through the planning and implementation of unique youth-run programs that benefit and serve the community. GYC operates year-round, offering service-learning and volunteer opportunities as well as skill-building workshops through the GYC Institute. Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month from 6:30-7:45 pm. For specific dates and times of meetings and trainings, visit the GYC Calendar page. GYC is a membership-based organization. Members receive perks for their services such as gift cards, service awards, and scholarships. Ready to become a member and start earning hours? Visit the Membership page to learn how to Join GYC.
GTCC Titan Tech: a summer career exploration program for area teens (13 to 18 years old); June 13 - 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Course offerings are available in Culinary, Health Sciences, Graphic Design, Cyber Crime, Web and Social Media, Welding, Photography and Videography, and Entertainment Technology. More details and registration information available here.
High Point Medical Center P.A.T.H. (Promoting the Advancement of Teens in Healthcare): Interested in a healthcare profession? Learn what it takes and get real-world experience. Must be 14 years of age by June 1. Must commit to volunteering for the full 6 weeks. Must attend an orientation. Click here for more information about volunteering at Wake Forest Baptist Health.
HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership): For rising high school juniors, HOBY delegates participate in fun, interactive leadership training, meet state leaders, and make new friends, all on the campus of Wake Forest University June 12-14, 2020.
Investigative Journalism Program at Boston University: A once-in-a-lifetime experience for high school students interested in journalism, communications or writing.
July Experience at Davidson College: A powerful pre-college summer academic program for rising high school juniors and seniors who are highly motivated, academically oriented, and self-disciplined.
Learning Factory Summer Maker Camp at UNC-G: Serve as a Maker Mentor to elementary and middle school students while engaging in activities in robotics, circuitry, engineering, digital storytelling, and computer science. To apply, click the title above or send an email to email@example.com.
Martha Guy Summer Institute: (July 19-Aug. 1, 2020) Held on the campus of Appalachian State University, this program is for current juniors who aspire to be for future business leaders. Includes 2 weeks of classroom instruction, an entrepreneurial project, professional/leadership development, and regional travel and/or interaction with business professionals. Deadline to apply: Feb. 28, 2020.
MITES at MIT (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science): For high school juniors with an outstanding academic record and a passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The following students are strongly encouraged to apply: Those underrepresented in science and engineering, defined as being African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native American; Underserved, defined as coming from low socioeconomic means, which may be indicated by qualification for free/reduced lunch; Potentially the first family member to attend college; Absence of science and engineering degrees in family; Coming from a high school with low admittance rates to top-tier colleges, especially rural or predominantly minority high schools.
National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine: Held in nine cities across the country, this extraordinary program is reserved for motivated 9th-12th grade students with demonstrated leadership skills and an interest in medicine; students take part in an intensive examination of state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and future medical specialties; limited number of partial scholarships available based upon financial need, scholastic merit, leadership achievement, and other factors. School nomination required.
Naval Academy Summer Seminar offers an opportunity for rising high school seniors to experience USNA for one week. Participants learn about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation's future leaders. To access the application, click here. For additional information, contact Karin Dolan firstname.lastname@example.org
Naval Academy Summer STEM Program: Campers create, build, and explore in world-class lab facilities, working alongside USNA’s distinguished faculty and Midshipmen. Participants will also experience real-life application and learning at one of the Top 5 "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs" in the country, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. To access the application, click here. For additional information, contact Yetanda Massey email@example.com
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NC American Legion Student Trooper Program: A week-long program conducted at the NC Highway Patrol Training Center in Raleigh, cadets learn the use of police skills, drug detection, firearms safety, and precision driving, to name a few; includes rigorous physical training.
NC Governor's Page Program: A one week experience that offers students an in-depth view of state government. Pages are assigned to assist staff in the Governor’s Office. Pages tour multiple government buildings and historic sites during their stay including the Legislative Building, the State Capitol, the Executive Mansion, and the North Carolina Museum of History. Pages have the opportunity to meet with government officials, discuss how state government works, and how it impacts the lives of North Carolinians.
North Carolina Renaissance (NCR) at UNC-Chapel Hill: A pre-college summer enrichment program that enables high-achieving rising juniors to experience college life on Carolina‘s historic campus. NCR is a four-day program (July 8-11, 2020) held on the campus of UNC-CH that will inspire students to pursue their educational aspirations while developing unique leadership skills. Deadline to apply: March 1, 2020. Participants will:
- Experience life in Carolina’s residence halls, dining halls, and recreation facilities.
- Establish personal relationships with world-renowned faculty, staff and current students.
- Learn about admissions procedures and college affordability.
- Develop leadership skills and participate in community service activities.
- Receive test-taking strategies and resources for the ACT & SAT
- Engage one-on-one with representatives from UNC’s Offices of Admissions and Scholarships & Student Aid.
- Participate in academic, social, cultural and experiential learning activities.
NC State Ag-Discovery Camp: A 2-week residential program offering hands-on laboratory experiences, workshops, and field trips for students ages 15-17 years old interested in careers in plant science.
The NC State College of Education’s Leadership Institute for Future Teachers (LIFT): LIFT is a five-day, residential program for students of color and bilingual students who are rising high school seniors in North Carolina interested in leadership development and also exploring a career in education. The program will be held on NC State’s campus with all expenses paid except for travel to and from Raleigh. (Sunday, June 14 – Thursday, June 18, 2020). In order to participate in LIFT, students must be nominated by high school counselors, teachers, principals, or parents, or they can self-nominate.
NC Zoo Veterinary and Wild Animal Science Camps: So you want to work with animals? These action-packed camps offer training in basic veterinary procedures and engage campers in working with wildlife.
Princeton University Summer Journalism Program: a free residential journalism and college preparatory program for high-achieving current juniors from low-income backgrounds who are interested in journalism. Over 10 days, students live on campus at Princeton University and learn reporting skills from professional journalists. All program expenses, including meals, housing, airfare or train tickets to and from campus, are covered by the program.
Rotary Youth Leadership Camp: Does your student have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change not only themselves but the world? Teaches world-class leadership skills for rising high school juniors and seniors in a residential college setting (Guilford College).
Shelton Challenge at NC State University: A transformational six-day summer experience for rising 9th-12th grade students with a 3.0+ unweighted GPA. All participants live on either the NC State or UNC-Charlotte campus and focus on core curriculum that includes: personal leadership assessment and interpersonal dynamics, the role of values and ethics in leadership, leadership traits and approaches, team building and empowering others, social responsibility, public speaking and goal setting.
Smith College Summer Programs for Young Women: A variety of summer programs in science and engineering, writing, women’s history, sustainability, and college admissions.
Summer High School Transportation Institute (STI) at NC A & T State University: Introduces rising juniors and seniors to the many career opportunities available in the transportation industry and in supply chain management; features 5.5 non-residential weeks of field trips, hands-on projects, and networking opportunities with industry professionals. A minimum GPA of 2.5 required. Click here to apply.
Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) at West Point: Two one week sessions will be held: May 30 - June 5, 2020 and Session 2: June 6 - 12 , 2020 SLE gives high school juniors a one-week immersive experience as a cadet to inform their college selection decision. SLE is a fast-paced program consisting of academic classes, military training, physical fitness training, and intramural athletics. Selection is highly competitive. Application deadline is March 15, 2020.
Summer Ventures in Science & Mathematics: a no-cost, state-funded 4-week summer program for academically talented North Carolina rising juniors and seniors who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. If hands-on, independent learning is appealing to you, and you are excited about the idea of conducting research to answer questions that intrigue you, this is the program for you! Students reside on a college campus (UNC-C, UNC-W, ASU, or ECU). Application opens October 15 and closes Jan. 15.
Tarheel Boys State: Allows outstanding young men who are rising seniors to learn today how to lead tomorrow.
Tarheel Girls State: Allows outstanding young women who are rising seniors to learn today how to lead tomorrow by creating their own government from the ground up; the non-partisan program attempts to teach and inculcate a love of country and to foster an understanding of the responsibilities of living in a free society; must rank in the top third of the junior class to be considered for selection.
Teens Westward Bound: What takes 23 days, passes through 22 states and covers more than 8500 miles? A Teens Westward Bound adventure! Teens Westward Bound is a cross-country road trip/venture for high school students that originates on the East Coast and heads due West.
UNC Asheville’s Pre-College Programs: introduces high school students to college-level study, university life, and career options in a dynamic learning environment. Each one-week program offers deep immersion into an academic topic, challenging activities, and the opportunity to engage with industry professionals. Many programs to choose from including, but not limited to, pre-med, aerospace engineering, human rights and international law, geology and ecology of Western NC streams, film scoring and sound design. All programs include hands-on learning and projects, and many programs will feature off-campus excursions. All students live on campus to fully experience university life and the surrounding community. Eligibility: Pre-College Programs are open to rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Dates: June 14-19, 2020 and June 21-26, 2020 Tuition: Programs start at $1,200 and includes lodging, meals, all course materials, activities, and excursions.
UNC-Chapel Hill Project Uplift: High achieving African American, Native American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian American, low income, rural, and other rising seniors from historically underserved populations are invited to spend two days on campus to experience the academic rigor and social climate of UNC.
UNC-Chapel Hill Summer Tech Camps: An expansive lineup of courses in coding, game design, app development, web design, film, photography, and more; build valuable STEM skills in an inspiring, collegiate setting. Students experience personalized learning with a maximum of 8 students per instructor and use the best brand name products from industry leaders like Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Google, and Microsoft. Kick-start your dream job and gain a competitive edge for college.
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts: Summer programs in visual art, filmmaking, animation, drama, dance, and music.
UNC-Wilmington Summer Jazz Workshop: UNC Wilmington offers both jazz workshops and band workshops.
United States Naval Academy Summer Programs: Every summer, the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD) hosts two summer programs aimed at high performing math and science students. Current 8th through 10th grade students are eligible to apply to their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs and current 11th grade students are eligible to apply to their Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS) if they are considering the Naval Academy as their college of choice. Summer Seminar introduces students to life at the Academy, where he/she will experience first-class academic, athletic, and professional training at the US Naval Academy. The Summer Seminar application will also serve as a preliminary application to the Academy that a student will complete before or during his/her senior year. The online application for Summer STEM is open until April 20, 2020 at: http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/STEM The online application for Summer Seminar is open until March 31, 2020 at: http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/NASS
Vanderbilt Summer Academy: Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) is a residential academic program that offers accelerated courses, dynamic recreational activities, and the opportunity for academically gifted students to learn from content experts and each other within a supportive environment. VSA students reside in a residential hall and eat most of their meals in the Commons Dining Center, a short walk from the residence hall. Courses are held in classrooms across the Vanderbilt University campus. To be eligible for VSA, students may either submit ACT, SAT, or PSAT scores or a recent individual ability/achievement test at the 95th percentile and above in one or more subject areas. January 6-20, 2020: Application Priority Window
Wake Forest Summer Programs (Pre-College Students: Non-Credit): View various camps offered at Wake Forest University for pre-college students for non-credit.
Wake Forest University Summer Immersion Programs: For rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, programs available in business, entrepreneurship, leadership, law, medicine, sports marketing, technology and more.
Yale International Relations Leadership Institute (YIRLI): An intensive and exhilarating 9-day summer institute hosted at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. for students in grades 9-12 interested in debate, model United Nations, or international relations. YIRLI 2020 will be held from August 1st-9th, 2020. Apply here! Our program is operating with rolling admissions, meaning that students can anticipate hearing back from YIRLI within 20 days of submitting all application materials. Although the application deadline is May 1st, all applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as early as their materials are prepared, as there will be a high number of qualified applicants for a limited number of spots. Cost: $1700 **Financial aid available.** If you have any questions, please see the FAQ page here or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Leadership Greensboro (YLG): designed for outstanding high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who want to develop leadership skills to make a difference in their community. Participants are exposed to local issues and hot topics facing the community. Previous topics include diversity, politics, media, health, education, law/justice, arts, economy, environment, and advocacy. Participants gain a fuller picture of how Greensboro works so they can become better advocates and problem-solvers. The program is held annually October through March. During six full-day sessions, the class visits businesses and other organizations to meet with experts and influencers. In addition to the daytime sessions, class members work in small groups to more deeply explore one topic of interest. Groups present their findings publicly at the end of the year. Through this process, the program develops a network of emerging leaders who work together to improve our community. Applications for 2020-2021 class will open on May 1. Class size will not exceed 30 students. Click here