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Program Opportunities

Sorensen Institute For Political Leadership 

The Sorensen Institute's flagship Political Leaders Program (PLP) is a leadership development program for residents of Virginia interested in becoming more active in public service, whether as community leaders or as elected officials. Participation in this program has become a traditional "first step" for future political leaders in the Commonwealth. The class meets in various locations across Virginia, once a month from March through December except for the month of July.

The PLP curriculum is focused on three core subject areas:

Ethics in Public Service - The program will include a study of general ethical principles as they relate to public service. The practical application of bipartisan cooperation in politics, including the use of mediation techniques, is also a central theme throughout the program.

Public Policy - Participants will experience presentations and discussions regarding a variety of public policy issues facing state and local governments including but not limited to the state budget, transportation, education, healthcare, workforce and economic development, crime and public safety, and the environment.

Influencers in the Political Process - Elected officials are not the only ones who impact the workings of government in Virginia. The class may learn about the changing nature of Virginia’s electorate, nonpartisan redistricting, campaign finance reporting, conflict of interest laws, efforts to protect civil liberties in the Commonwealth, the Freedom of Information Act, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, and much more. 

George Mason Outreach  Camp Kesem is a free week-long summer camp for kids ages 6-18 who have been affected by a parent's cancer. Our camp is run by amazing student leaders at George Mason University like myself who are working hard to prepare and train ourselves to be well equipped with all the skills to support your children. Also our unpaid counselors are selected through a thorough interview and background check and are working hard to raise all the money needed for camp because of this all selected counselor have a real passion and desire to be a part of Camp Kesem GMU. This camp is more than just a support group, it's a family where kids and even counselors who are going to similar experiences can meet and have fun and just have time to be kids. This year Camp Kesem GMU will take place from August 19 - August 23 at Camp Piankatank but don't worry transportation will be provided for campers from George Mason University Fairfax campus. (I will include the camp address at the bottom of the email.) At the camp there will be a wide variety of activities and chances to experience the beauty of nature. Some of these activities include ropes course, rock climbing wall, zip line, canoeing, gaga ball, basketball, volleyball, and a pool.  To apply online only, visit 

Earn college credit and get a taste of campus life while still in high schoolExperience the excitement of college life at one of the “Best 373 Colleges and Universities” and “25 Most Connected Campuses”. Become more independent and experience what it will be like to live on a college campus and away from home. Living in dorms, eating in the cafeteria, and studying in the state-of-the-art academic facilitates. You’ll have several class sessions mixed with time to study, local excursions, day-long field trips and recreation. Thrive outside the classroom. The Pre-College Program offers many engaging activities beyond the classroom to ensure you make the most out of your two weeks on campus. You will have opportunities to engage with faculty, visit New York City socialize with fellow high school students, and explore the Hudson valley. Get a head start on college by taking a college course and earn college credit! Pursue your interests and expand your academic and creative aspirations. Learn from Marist's renowned faculty. Get a taste of a college major you are thinking about pursuing. Discover what you want to be when you grow up. Get a head start on your degree and get an advantage before you graduate high school. Enjoy small class sizes of around 15 to 25 students. Meet like-minded students! Join more than 300 other like-minded students in New York or a closer knit group of around 35 at our campus in Italy! Build friendships with students who have similar interests and goals .Experience what students have called “The Best Summer of My Life!

Virginia Masonry Association This 3.5 year Apprenticeship allows apprentices to learn from seasoned masons with on-the-job training during the day, while taking courses one night per week. Courses run a total of 30 weeks and include textbook work as well as hans-on training. Upon completion of the Apprenticeship, graduates become Journeyman Bricklayers and will receive certification from the State of Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. This certification is recognized nationally. This program is designed for employees of our Masonry Contractor Members. It is completely free of charge to the Apprentice (including textbook!) who wwill also be paid for their on-the-job training. Visiit the website at for more information.

Academic Summer Camps Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, American government, history, creative writing, or information technology. Please find information about our academic camps below:

Camp Psych - Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
Campaigns and Elections Academy - This program is designed for highly-motivated students who have a strong interest in American campaigns and elections. Participants learn about the origins and evolution of democracy in America and gain hands-on experiences related to modern political campaigns. 
Writing Camp - Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp - Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.
Coding for Robotics & Electronics Camp - Students will gain hands-on experiences in coding, wiring, hardware, and building robots through the open source software known as Arduino. Throughout this camp, campers will learn basic electrical engineering, the physics behind electricity, and how to think like a scientist.
Civil War Institute Summer Conference - The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College's annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war's most decisive battle.

Find Yourself at Stanford Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies offer highly motivated, intellectually curious students the opportunity to investigate topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Students engage in small classes taught by instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching. In this setting, students hone their academic skills and form new friendships with intellectual peers.

Summer at Duke 
Good news from Duke Summer Session! We are happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for our life-changing summer programs at Duke University. Whichever program you choose, over the course of the summer, you will find that Duke Summer Session is committed not only to building lifelong memories and friendships from around the world, but to laying the foundation for a future of collegiate success. It is for this reason that students regularly report that our programs strengthened their college application and paved the way for academic excellence at top universities. Follow the links below to apply to one of our transformative summer programs:

Summer College Application – A four-week, credit-bearing program for US students currently in 10th or 11th grade and international students currently in 10th – 12th grade in which they take undergraduate-level courses.

Summer Academy Application – A three-week program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade in which they take a certificate course.

Intensive STEM Academy Application – A one-week, STEM-based program for students currently in 9th – 12th grade that consists of a variety of laboratory tours, faculty lectures, and workshops.

We strongly encourage you to apply online today, as spaces fill quickly!

Christopher Newport University Do you know high-ability students interested in earning college credit this summer while learning about revolutionary thinking throughout history?

Christopher Newport University's Summer Humanities Institute is a two-week residential program where students who take or plan to enroll in college-level coursework while in high school (AP, IB or DE) can learn in and outside the classroom from dynamic college faculty in the disciplines of philosophy, history, literature and classical studies.

The multidisciplinary immersion course supports the advanced courses students are taking in high school. Participants live in our residence halls, eat in the dining halls, learn in college classrooms and earn three college credits.

The Summer Humanities Institute offers hands-on learning experiences through an academic research project at the Mariner's Museum, an archaeology field lab, and the opportunity to sail the James River under expert instruction through the CNU Sailing Center.

Check out the program website for additional information, and encourage interested students to apply!

Rustic Pathways Not only is Rustic Pathways a pioneer in providing quality travel and service programs for students and educators, but we’re also redefining how to integrate education, travel, and philanthropy in a world where all people are connected by a shared humanity. At Rustic, our mission, vision, and values drive the way we run our programs, partner with local communities, and live our lives.
Our mission is to empower students through innovative and responsible travel experiences to positively impact lives and communities around the world.

Online this summer: Reading Skills and Speed Reading Programs in these effective and enjoyable programs, your student will improve comprehension in both fiction and non-fiction, and will learn to read twice as fast. Student in these programs learn the best way to read textbooks, take notes, and study fo rtests. your student iwll complete homework more quickly, get better grades, and enjoy readying more. For more information or to register call 1-800-903-0942

United States Air Force Academy
Summer Seminar: Summer Seminar offers a unique opportunity to experience the Air Force Academy first-hand. It is specially designed for high school juniors heading into their senior year to get a realistic perspective of cadet life. Students will live in the dormitories, eat at the Academy’s dining facility, explore the various academic/military programs and courses that the Academy has to offer, and participate in a variety of different physical fitness activities (to include a practice CFA). The application is open from 1 December 2015 to 15 January 2016, and it is free to apply. There are two sessions: 12-17 June 2016 and 19-24 June 2016. Student may apply here.

STEM Engineering and Construction Camp: This camp is designed to provide high school students with a world-class experience in STEM skills following a "Build the Design" model. This one week program is supervised and led by engineers and located at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The program runs from 7-13 July 2016. Learn more information or apply now.

Summer Sports Camps: We offer Summer Falcon Sports Camps for student 8 to 18 who want to participate in numerous sports and are led by our very own head coaches! Click here for additional information.

CIEE High School Summer Abroad and Global Navigator Scholarships with 30 summer programs in Language & Culture, Service & Leadership, and Content Studies, it's easy for student to follow their passions and chart a course to one of 16 amazing destinations around the world.
Global Navigator Scholarghips make this opportunity possible for deserving students. Only available through CIEE, these scholarships help families cover 10 to 100 percent of the cost of our summer study abroad programs. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of merit, financial need, and student interest in our program themes.
There's more online! Visit our website at abroad for more information.

A summer in the Ivy League  Ranked among the top universities in the world, the University of Pennsylvania is home to one of our most academically engaging programs. Students complete scientific research, learn innovative techniques in and outside of the lab, and read and discuss scientific literature.

Our 6 week program allows students to take college credit courses with Penn undergraduates in a variety of disciplines and receive an official transcript from the University of Pennsylvania.

Our 3 week program gives students the opportunity to explore a topic in depth through lectures, discussions, lab work, and/or site visits. Choose between these great options:

For more information on these oportunities visit University of Pennsylvania.

Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, American government, creative writing, or information technology. Please find information to share with your students about our academic camps below:

Camp Psych - Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
Government Leadership Camp - This program is designed for students who have a passion for understanding American government to engage in small discussions, attend college-level lectures, and participate in debates, simulations, and field trips.
Writing Camp - Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp - Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.

George Mason Debate Institute will be hosting our camp for two weeks from June 26th until July 10th. We have students from all over the country attend, aging from 6th to 12th grade. Even if your school does not have a debate team, we have classes for all levels of experience. We currently offer skills development in three different styles of debate (Lincoln Douglas, Policy, Public Forum), along with a class dedicated to introducing middle school students to debate. To apply, or for more information, please contact institute director, Jackie Poapst, at

Attention Sports Enthusiasts! Do a passion for sports or a career in sport management? If so, we have the program for you!

Through the Center for Business, Entertainment, and Sport Management at Dean College, in partnership with the Kraft Sports Group, owners of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution, we are pleased to offer two 2 week sports institutes:
Pro Sport Management Institute
Sports Broadcasting Institute
During these institutes, students will have the opportunity to:

Gain hands-on experience with professional sports.
Interact with industry leaders to supplement classroom-based learning.
Tour and learn on-site at Gillette Stadium, home of the Patriots and Revolution.
Attend a New England Revolution home game (schedule permitting). 
For more info, visit our website, or apply today!

ASSE International Student Exchange Program is pleased to provide your students an opportunity to study abroad in the 2018-19 school year. Exchange students develp leadersip skills, self-confidence and a g reater understanding of the complexities of the world around them. This is why the best universities, as wel as corporations and other professionals, look favorably on student who have speant a school year abrouad. For more information, visit

June 19 - July 2 Christopher Newport's Summber Humanities Institute Enlighten Your Summer!
Experience life at Christopher Newport and earn college credit during this two-week immersion experience!

Christopher Newport’s Summer Humanities Institute offers select high school students an opportunity to uncover America’s founding ideals through a rigorous, multidisciplinary program in philosophy, history, literature and classical studies led by CNU faculty.

Participants will live on campus while exploring deeply the nature and spirit of the American republic – topics essential to understanding our nation’s history, and especially relevant to American politics and culture today.

Christopher Newport’s proximity to Virginia’s historic triangle – Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown – presents an unparalleled backdrop for the Institute, allowing excursions to historically significant sites that will supplement classroom learning. Other engaging activities, such as film screenings and discussion will round out the exploration of the central figures and institutions that have shaped the American experience.

The Summer Humanities Institute will foster critical-thinking and writing skills that will be valuable long after the program ends. Students will have a unique opportunity to get feedback from college professors before taking AP, IB or dual enrollment courses, and earn three college credits toward graduation from CNU or transferable to other institutions.

The program is open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Only 40 students will be selected.

Middle and High School Summer Experiences continue on your path of academic success with high school and middle school summer programs at Washington University in St. Louis. To learn more or to apply, visit summerexperiences.

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