2015-2016 CAMPS, SUMMER PROGRAMS, CONTESTS, ETC.
ATYP Summer Programs 2015: For bright kids eager to learn. 1/2 day camps, $125, no eligibility requirements, grades 5-9 and incoming seniors, free t-shirt. Visit www.wmich.edu/atyp
Writing the College Admissions Essay: Looking to get a head start on your college applications? Using the prompts of the Common Application, this class will help you develop essay ideas and focus on a unique piece that lets the real you shine through! Led by Becky Cooper. For students entering grade 12. (Juniors may be admitted on a space available basis, contact the office.) June 22-26, 9 a.m. to noon, 1024 Lee Honors College. Registration forms available at wmich.edu/atyp.
Chemical Bank: Lights, Camera, Save! Video Contest to help teens relate to saving, a contest to encourage young people to use video to communicate the value of saving. Visitwww.ChemicalBankMI.com to participate. Deadline is November 1.
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY – list of state and national competitions) Academic Competitions – www.cty.jhu.edu/imagine/linkb.htm Regional and State Talent Search Summer Programs – www.cty.jhu.edu/imagine/linka.htm
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest: here’s your chance to write a new profile in courage. For contest information, registration, and to submit your essay, visit www.jfklibrary.org Deadline for submission is January 8.
Regional and State Talent Search Summer Programs – www.cty.jhu.edu/imagine/linka.htm
Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service Program: welcomes and encourages youth Volunteerism through service learning projects, and other opportunities. For more information, contact Battle Creek VA Medical Center Community and Volunteer Service at 269-223-5497.
Lions of Michigan Youth Exchange program offer summer opportunities for students to travel and expand their knowledge of family and community life in other cultures. Young people between the ages of 17 and 21 may participate. Must be in good health, both mentally and physically and be willing to learn new customs and cultures. Deadline is Sept 30th. For more information, please email [email protected].
Announcing the University of Michigan Medical School’s Summer Science Academy. Program dates are in June. Deadline for application is February 1, and application can be found atwww.med.umich.edu/medschool/ssa/.
Alexander Hamilton Citizenship Achievement Award: Open to juniors with a strong record of community service and academic studies. Applications can be found at www.hamiltonfriends.org and deadline is April 15.
The United States Military Academy at West Point, NY will host 2 week long summer sessions for high school juniors, in order to gain a better understanding of academy life. Deadline to apply is April 1, and applications are online at www.admissions.usma.edu.
Interested in becoming a foreign exchange student? Visit www.afs.org/usa AFS Intercultural Programs USA, for more information, the application process, and how to get help in getting the funds you need. Or check out www.yfu–usa.org, Youth For Understanding USA, another organization that specializes in exchange student programs.
Attention students interested in the military: the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) may be the right fit for you. For more information on applying, and how you can go to college and they will pay the bill, visit www.nrotc.navy.com.
MSU Office of Gifted and Talented Education:
The MI/Shiga, Japan Exchange Program for students grades 9 – 11, sends 20 MI students to stay with a host family in the prefecture, or state, of Shiga in Japan. Students depart from MI late June returning early July. During your stay you’ll be introduced to the Japanese educational system, family life and all aspects of Japanese culture. While previous study of Japanese language is helpful, it is not necessary in order to participate in the program. MI students will then host their Japanese student in their homes in September. For application information go to www.gifted.msu.edu and review the Shiga program. The deadline to apply is February 8.
China Adventure bring students, grades 10 – 12, to the MSU campus for one week in June, learning the language, traditions, history and culture of this country, followed by two weeks of travel in China. Beginning in Beijing, on to Jinan, then Xi’an to see the terra cotta warriors, Suzhou, Chengdu and Shanghai, students will experience the history, arts, language, religion and people of China. For application information got to www.gifted.msu.edu and review the China Adventure program. The deadline to apply is March 12.
Cornell University Summer Programs: several summer programs for high school students who excel in math and science, and want to learn more about careers in engineering. For more information, visitwww.engineering.cornell.edu.
Columbia University is offering Summer High School Programs for juniors and seniors. For more information, log on to www.ce.columbia.edu/hs.
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD): announcing several summer programs for high school students. Students must be nominated by a teacher or counselor to be considered, and nominations must be received by April 1. For more information, visit www.scad.edu/summer.
George Washington University Pre-College Program: summer sessions include election politics, biomedical engineering, robotics, and many more. For more information, please visitwww.precollege.gwu.edu.
Stanford University High School Summer College: offers many courses such as biology, fiction writing, computer science, calculus and many more. More info found at www.summer.stanford.edu.
Michigan Tech: offers many summer programs for high school students. Applications and detailed information can be found at www.youthprograms.mtu.edu.
Young People’s Citizenship Seminar at Northwood University, Midland, MI: this four-day seminar sponsored by Michigan Farm Bureau, provides students with a wealth of knowledge about our democratic process and equips them with a working knowledge of local, state and national government. Potential students may obtain information at www.michiganfarmbureau.com/ypcs.
Talented Youth Summer Program: for students in grades 10-12—a credit bearing program that combines academic learning, reflective thinking, cultural exchange and community exploration into a 3-week adventure. Dates are in July, in Hong Kong. More information in the Counseling Office or visithttp://talent.ust.hk.
Student Essay Contest sponsored by the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney: essay contest designed to engage high school students and encourage them to utilize their writing talents in commemorating the theme of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week—Reshaping the Future – Honoring the Past. Contest deadline is March 30. Monetary awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. More information in the Counseling Office.
American Institute for Foreign Study: offers enriching summer programs for high school students. 3-week SAT Prep & College Admissions Review at Amherst College, 4-week high school study abroad in Nanjing, China, and Summer Institute for the Gifted at several U.S. universities. Students are encouraged to apply by April 15. For more info, visit www.aifs.com.
Volunteer Center of Greater Kalamazoo/VolunTEENS: is now accepting applications for the VolunTEENS program. New this year, VolunTEENS is now a year-round program! The VolunTEENS catalog has been combined with the Volunteer Guidebook and includes opportunities for adults and teens. VolunTEENS is a volunteer program that invites students ages 12-18 to explore careers, learn new skills, acquire job references, and earn community service credits for academic and scholarship programs. Each summer hundreds of students participate in this program so we encourage you to apply early. The Guidebook and application can be found online at www.volunteerkalamazoo.org.
Van Buren Youth Camp: their annual Leadership Camp is the last week of June. Their Board of Directors has designated one scholarship per school. If you are interested, have strong leadership skills, and may need financial assistance, apply online at www.vbyc.org. Deadline is May 15.
Vantage Point Education: presents week long video game design summer camps during July-Aug. These fun and engaging programs promote an understanding of basic video game & iphone app. development in a hands-on environment. Hosted by WMU College of Engineering & Applied Sciences. Register atwww.vantagepointedu.org.
Kellogg’s Research and Tech Summer Co-Op: hiring for 40-hour per week positions this summer from June-Aug. Need to act quickly, as space is limited. Must be 18, and meet other requirements. For more information, visit www.kelloggcompany.com, and open the Career Opportunities tab.
Job Corps: A career training and education program for students age 16 thru 24 who meet income requirements. It is designed to help students find the path to personal and career success—all at no cost to eligible students. Includes hands-on training and more. Call (800) 733-JOBS or visit www.jobcorps.govfor more information.
U of M Society of Women Engineers Summer Engineering Exploration: a weeklong residential camp held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor that allows high school students to explore different fields and careers in engineering. Cost is $495, several scholarships are available, and applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 25. Visit http://www.umseecamp.com for more information.
Loyola University Chicago’s Pre-Collegiate Summer Scholars program: designed for 10th and 11th graders where students will get a preview of college life, take part in educational, cultural, and recreational activities amidst the bustle of a world-class city, and much more. Visit www.LUC.edu/summerscholarsfor more information.
VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Scholarship Contest: visit www.lavfwmi.org for more information. Deadline is Nov 1.
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State: Currently recruiting female students who will complete their junior year of high school in June, maintain an above average scholastic standing, and have an interest in our government process and getting involved in their communities. Please visit www.michalaux.org for more information on various programs, scholarships, and deadlines.
Lawrence Tech University Summer Camps: Interested in technology, design, or science? LTU offers a variety of camps that will introduce you to the latest innovations in modern labs and studios using state-of-the-art equipment. Additional information and all registration forms are found atwww.ltu.edu/summercamps. Early registration is recommended as the camps fill quickly. Register by end of May.
Kalamazoo College Summer Programs: Please visit the following website with information on summer programs at Kalamazoo College: https://reason.kzoo.edu/hhmi/artandscience/.
Pine Lake Experience: hosted by the Michigan Career and Technical Institute, this unique weeklong experience is designed for high school students interested in career exploration, team building, and recreational activities in a camp setting. Sessions are in July. Applications are due prior to June 28th, and cost is $500, but scholarships are available upon request. More information in the Counseling Office.
NYC Fashion Summer Camps: Banson NYC is excited to offer 3 NYC Fashion Summer Camps for high school students. They are designed for teens entering 9th through 12th grades. Each week-long session will teach students the fundamentals of the fashion industry by providing an insider’s perspective.
For More Info: Contact Banson NYC at www.bansonnyc.org or (917)328-1469.
Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards: the largest youth recognition program for students in grades 5-12 who volunteer in their communities. Visit www.nassp.org/spirit to apply. Deadline is November 5.
Western Michigan University Writing Competition: Submit your work for this prestigious recognition of excellence in high school writing in three categories: creative, non-fiction, and journalism. All entries must be accompanied by a teacher recommendation. Selected entries will receive cash prizes and publication, classroom teacher resources, and public recognition for the school. For more information and to apply visit www.wmich.edu/writingcompetition.
Kalamazoo Nature Center: camp counselor job openings for our summer camp here at KNC. The application deadline is March 21. They also have some great camp for teens at KNCCamp.org. Please visit the link below to get to the application process.