For those of you who are not eligible for our program, please see the list of alternate programs below:
Wisconsin’s Youth Options Program
For Juniors and Seniors who want take courses for college credit while still enrolled in High School.
Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship
For students who want hands on learning while in high school. This is a chance to work in a local industry with mentoring and on the job learning.
Project GRILL puts local manufacturers together with area high school tech ed students on a year-long project to design and build a working charcoal grill from scratch.
Youth Leadership Fond du Lac was created in 2006 to give emerging young leaders the chance to learn how the community works, where its opportunities lie and how they might fit into future solutions.
Conserve School is a non-sectarian school aimed at students who feel a strong attachment to the natural world and who are motivated to conserve it. This semester-long immersion in environmental studies and outdoor activities deepens students’ love of nature, reinforces their commitment to conservation, and equips them to take meaningful action as environmental stewards.
School to Work
Students involved in the School to Work Program spend a portion of the day in school and a portion of the day on the work site. This unique schedule allows students to apply what they have learned in school to the jobs they are performing on the work site.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Pre-college Programs
Programs offered during the summer at UWO.
Enrichment / Internship programs:
Alfred University: Institute for Women Leaders of Tomorrow
For rising female sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
American University School of Communication
Hands-on experience in communication for high school students. Programs in
journalism, film, photography, and communication. One- to four-week
Running Start encourages high school girls from across the country to
channel their leadership into politics. Free of charge and travel
scholarships are available.
ASA Summer fuel Pre-college and Cultural Immersion Programs
Pre-college programs at UMass/Amherst, UC/Berkeley, Oxford and Cambridge
Universities: College Admissions Prep at Columbia, Tufts, UC/Berkeley.
Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking
Three-week writing and thinking workshops offered at Bard College at
Simon’s Rock, Lewis and Clark College, Lake Forest College.
Barnard Pre-college Program
One- and four-week coed liberal arts program; one-week Young Women’s
Boston University Summer Term
Six-week high school honors program offering college credit courses and
scientific research projects. Two-week summer challenge program to preview
college life and coursework.
Brandeis BIMA Summer Arts Program
Arts program with a Jewish focus for students finishing grades 9-11.
Summer internships in various careers (including architecture, fashion,
medicine). Four- and six-week programs.
CDC Disease Detective Camp (DDC)
Free. Campers take on the roles of disease detectives and learn how CDC
safeguards the national health.
Carleton Liberal Arts Experience
The Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) selects 50 high school students
who just completed their sophomore year and brings them to Carleton, all
expenses paid, for a one-week summer program. The CLAE program introduces
the strengths of a liberal arts education through an array of courses in
science, art, social sciences, and technology.
Civic Leadership Institute (Northwestern University & Johns Hopkins University)
Three-week summer service-learning programs for outstanding high school
students completing grades 9 through 12 in Chicago, Baltimore & San
Francisco. CLI combines hands-on education, meaningful service, powerful
speakers and seminars and an unforgettable residential experience for a
summer that students often describe as “life-changing.”
Cornell Catalyst Program
Summer residential program for high school students from severely
underrepresented groups who excel in math and science and want to learn
more about careers in engineering.
Cornell Curie Academy
One-week residential pre-engineering program for current sophomore or
junior girls who excel in math.
Junior Statesmen Summer School
Three- and four-week summer courses at Georgetown, Stanford, Princeton, or
Yale for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have a passionate
interest in politics, government and current events.
Michigan Math and Science Scholars Program
Two two-week sessions feature small, intense math and science courses.
MIT: MITES (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science)
Six-week program that prepares promising rising seniors for careers in
engineering and science.
Morehouse Summer Institute (Project Identity)
Coca-Cola Pre-College Leadership Program. The curriculum focuses on
personal and interpersonal leadership skills.
National Space Club Scholars Program
The National Space Club Scholars Project is a summer intern experience for
up to 30 high school students who have demonstrated high academic success,
and have an interest in space science or engineering as a career. The
project is conducted for six weeks each summer, from late June until early
Northwestern University School of Communications Summer Programs for High School Students
Programs in film and video, speech, theatre arts, and policy debate.
Notre Dame Seminars
African American Scholars, Latino Community Leadership Seminar, Global
Summer Journalism Program for low income sophomores or juniors with at
least a 3.5 GPA. Cost is free including travel.
QuestBridge is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1994 to
connect bright, motivated low-income students with educational and
scholarship opportunities at some of the nation’s best colleges and
universities. The QuestBridge college application process is the national
expansion of an eight-year QuestLeadership Program which helped students
gain admissions to top colleges as well as helping them through college and
into their first jobs, graduate schools, and professional experiences.
Sarah Lawrence College Summer Program
Three- and six-week courses in writing, film, visual arts, and music, and a
six-week program composed of three two-week courses in history, theatre,
and literature. Filmmaking intensive available to current juniors and
School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) Pre-college Summer Studio
Six-week program offering rotations in painting, drawing, printmaking,
sculpture, video, digital photography and sound art.
Summer Discovery Pre-college Enrichment for High School Students
Programs at UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, Michigan, Georgetown,
Northeastern U., Cambridge, and various locations in Spain and Italy.
Syracuse University Summer College
Six-week, credit-bearing courses, and two week, non- credit programs in art
University of Maryland, College Park: Women in Engineering
A collection of one-week summer programs and one-day academies for female
high school students who are considering engineering as a possible major
University of Maryland Young Scholars Program
Targets rising juniors and seniors who have a strong academic record and a
desire to excel to experience college life.
The University of Tulsa Summer Residential Camps in Screenwriting and Filmmaking
For high school students, from entering freshmen to graduating seniors.
Vanderbilt University Pre-College P.A.V.E. Program
Six-week course designed to strengthen the academic skills of students who
are planning to enter a college engineering, pre-med, science, or
Wesleyan Center for Creative Youth
Summer arts residency for students entering 10th-12th grades, includes
concentrations in theatre, musical theatre, technical theatre, music
(instrumental or vocal), dance, creative writing, filmmaking, visual arts,
Summer Travel Abroad Programs:
In its 30th year, ACC continues to match service learning with global
action and awareness in relation to specific world issues. This year’s
offerings include wildlife conservation in East Africa, working with
farmers in China, teaching children in Cuzco, Peru. ACC’s three month Gap
Semesters allow graduated seniors to fully immerse themselves into the
unique cultures of Asia and Africa.
Al Campo International
Al Campo International projects are designed to teach participants real
world solutions to growing community problems with an emphasis on
sustainability. Programs in Honduras and Nicaragua focus on solar power and
eco-stoves, soil and water conservation, education, and horticulture.
American Field Services (AFS)
With 56 years of experience and programs in over 100 countries, AFS is one
of the largest international exchange organizations for American teens. AFS
hosts summer abroad programs for high school students around the globe that
combine community service and language immersion. Students can chose to
live on a university campus or opt for a summer home stay.
Amigos de las Americas
AMIGOS trains young people to meet the challenges of planning and
conducting community service programs, both in their home communities and
in Latin America. Training includes topics such as Spanish/Portuguese,
community assessment approaches, interpersonal communication, Latin
American history and culture, medical self-care, and technical training
about specific sustainable development programs. Teams of 2-3 volunteers
live and work in rural Latin American communities for up to eight weeks.
Working in collaboration with development agencies and community members,
volunteers have leadership roles in carrying out health, education, and
environmental programs, ranging from latrine construction to formation of
youth groups to teaching HIV prevention and dental hygiene.
Broadreach offers college-accredited summer adventures abroad for high
school students. Backed by eighteenteen years of experience in running
educational programs for thousands of teenagers, Broadreach (fomerly
Academic Treks) combines experiential learning, traditional classroom
learning and service learning with wilderness adventure, international
travel and cultural exchange. Each course includes up to 55 hours of
Cross Cultural Solutions
While geared towards volunteers of all ages, Cross Cultural Solutions also
offers short-term international internships and volunteer experiences for
teenagers, whether traveling independently, with their families, or with a
school group. It runs programs in 12 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern
Europe, and Latin America. Volunteer placements can run from 2 to 12 weeks,
and include work in orphanages and child care centers, schools, health
clinics and hospitals, homes for the elderly, centers for the disabled, and
other community organizations
The Experiment in International Living (EIL)
The Experiment in International Living offers substantive three- to
five-week summer abroad programs that focus on cultural immersion,
experiential learning, and making meaningful connections across national,
linguistic, and cultural borders. Now in over 31 countries, EIL has given
high school students the opportunity to learn another culture first-hand
for 80 years. Programs range from learning from Peruvian artists, dancers,
musicians, and historians in mountainous Trujillo, Peru to carrying out a
ten-day service project in a rural village in Ghana.
Global Routes offers three to five-week summer community service programs
for high school students finishing the 9th through 12th grades, gap-year
and semester internships for students 17 years of age and older. Students
teach children in orphanages, build schools, and help people in rural
villages. Community service programs this summer include destinations in
Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Since 1990, Global Works has been providing community service, cultural
exchange, adventure travel, and language learning programs for teens and
young adults. Much more than a vacation, Global Works international trips
can be the impetus and “bridge” for meaningful cultural exchange.
Potential destinations include Argentina, Australia, China, Costa Rica,
Ecuador and the Galapagos, Fiji Island, France, New Zealand, Nicaragua,
Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain.
High School Programs Abroad
This searchable index of thousands of abroad programs for high school
students is a great resource. Programs are sorted by country, focus,
duration, and language, making it easy to match interests with programs.
The website also showcases opportunities, updated weekly, which show
students parts of the world they’d likely never considered before.
The International Youth Leadership Institute (IYLI)
Founded in 1989, IYLI prepares African American and Latino secondary school
students to assume active leadership roles in their community and global
society. Through IYLI, students embark upon a lifetime of meaningful
participation in their local and global communities. Signature academic
programs based on the framework of history, culture, geography and
environment provide training and exposure to prepare well-informed leaders
and citizens. IYLI emphasizes the connections between local and global
conditions, challenges and opportunities.
Lifeworks offers global programs for teens that combine community service,
cultural immersion, travel and outdoor adventure. It collaborates with
local service organizations to further their goals and aspirations, helping
students gain cultural experience while becoming part of significant,
well-established projects. Lifeworks also makes direct donations to the
service organizations with which it works. All participants are enrolled in
the President’s Volunteer Service Award program–an official recognition
system originated by President George Bush, Sr. in 1992, for outstanding
students who participate in voluntary community service.
The Monteverde New Media Expedition
One- and two-week media expeditions in Costa Rica, July 8-21, that will
expand new media production skills, while helping to create a sustainable
environment for animals, plants, and people in this Central American Cloud
National Geographic Student Expeditions
National Geographi offers three types of programs: expeditions, field
workshops, and community service programs. Expeditions range from two to
three weeks and are a more in-depth exploration of a region. The 11-12 day
field workshops set roots in one or two compelling home bases. On
expeditions and field workshops, students pursue an On Assignment project
of their choice and are accompanied by a National Geographic expert for a
portion of the trip. In the community service programs, students delve into
the local culture, working alongside members of the community on
collaborative service projects.
Rustic Pathways offers service trips throughout the year and a broad range
of both environmentally based and human based service projects across its
global network. Service opportunities in Thailand and Costa Rica are a
Seeds of Learning
Seeds of Learning works with North Americans and Central Americans to build
and equip schools in Nicaragua and El Salvador, educate children and
adults, and promote cross cultural understanding. Each year, it sends ten
to twelve work groups of young volunteers to Central America for 7 to 14
days. While there, volunteers partner with communities, form relationships,
build bridges and explore each other’s cultures while erecting or improving
a school building.
Summer Search is a leadership development program with a unique commitment
to providing ongoing and long-term support for low-income high school
students. Founded in San Francisco in 1990, Summer Search now operates
seven offices nationwide helping to place more than 700 high school
students annually on a path of positive change. In addition to providing
two summer experiential learning programs, after sophomore and junior
years, it offers weekly mentoring sessions with highly trained staff
mentors, from sophomore year to graduation, and college advisory services.
The Road Less Traveled
On an RLT Service Learning program, you may find yourself restoring native
plants on the island of Kauai or maybe building an orphanage in Lai, India,
or perhaps helping to rebuild New Orleans Ninth Ward, where so much work is
still to be done. RLT seeks to meet needs and create chang in places
“average tourists have never heard of and few will ever see.”
Through construction-based and other service and on-site living, VISIONS
challenges teens to grow thoughtfully and intentionally within a community
of peers and adult leaders. It assists organizations that serve
under-resourced communities, providing labor and raw materials for projects
designated by communities. Student opportunities also include sustainable
development, environmental or agricultural work, volunteering with young
children or the elderly, internships with local artisans, farmers,
fishermen, vendors and more.
Where There Be Dragons
From a rugged journey along the ancient trade routes of Western China to
exploring the diverse indigenous communities of Indonesia’s outer islands,
Where There Be Dragons offers intimate, yet rugged programs that introduce
the beauty and challenges of life in China, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas,
and Latin America. Participants make honest and rewarding connections with
local communities through home-stays, service work, internships and
meetings with respected leaders, artists, philosophers, and experts on the
issues facing developing countries.