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Each year the Research and Policy Institute of California hosts the African American Youth Leadership Program. The annual conference invites high school juniors and seniors from throughout the state to participate in a week-long conference in Sacramento.  During the week, participants are exposed to training in leadership and personal development and are shown the tools of success in education, business, and government.  Conference participants get hands-on experience, such as developing academic and career plans, running political campaigns and participating in the legislative process.  This training culminates in a mock presentation and debate of proposed bills in California’s Assembly Chambers.  Upon successful completion of AAYLP students are granted admission into the Society of Leaders (SOL).  SOL is a virtual community connecting high-achieving students to academic support, career counseling, and most importantly, to each other.  Students who participate in SOL strive to make a positive impact on the African American Community.

BOYS STATE sponsored by the American Legion
Boys State is a week-long summer leadership program. If you are a junior interested in a leadership opportunity see your guidance counselor right away for more information or check the following link

An award-winning youth leadership and diversity training program for California youth to explore important issues, bridge the gaps that divide them, and work collectively to find solutions to the challenges facing their communities and society.  It has been recognized by the CA Dept. of Education as “an exceptional youth training model with potential for national impact”.  Students from more than 200 schools statewide have participated in this phenomenal educational experience.  

  • CYTT Summer College Residence Program for High School Students
    Students reside in a dormitory housing facility on the campus of the University of Southern California during this intensive week-long training program.  Students attend daily training sessions taught by a dedicated staff of educators and college mentors who guide and evaluate their progress during each phase of training.  They participate with other dynamic youth leaders in a variety of challenging activities designed to bolster their leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills.
    Residence Program Cost: $475 – Fee includes: USC campus housing, 3 daily buffet meals, leadership/skill training, all educational materials, supplies, use of campus facilities, field trip transportation, trophies and awards, Student Evaluation Report, and letters of recommendation for college admission and scholarships.
  • CYTT Day Camp for Middle School Students (grades 7-8)
    This exciting program is designed to help students develop leadership abilities and self-confidence, strengthen their oral & written communication skills, develop effective study techniques, and improve their academic performance in school.  Day Camp participants will attend daily classes on the campus of the University of Southern California and participate daily in a variety of challenging and fun activities with other dynamic middle schoolers to demonstrate their learned skills.
    Day Camp Cost: $175 – Fee includes daily leadership training on the USC campus, daily buffet lunch meal, all educational materials, supplies, use of campus facilities, field trip transportation, trophies and awards, and Student Evaluation Report. 

This week-long leadership training conference hosted in Sacrament is open for all California high school students currently in the 10th and 11th grade.  The conference provides valuable information on Chicano/Latino culture and history through personal experiences of presenters and their study of related topics.  The leadership training is presented so that students can take what they learn back to their schools and communities.  For more information, visit the website at  

Graduating seniors who are not sure what they want to do after high school should consider applying for a paid community service position with City Year, Washington, DC., a group of 17-24 year olds committed to full-time service for ten months in the Washington, DC community.  Benefits include: living stipend ($200 per week), health care coverage, free metro pass, and $4,725 educational scholarship.  For more information visit the City Year website:  Recruitment open houses will be held once a month at their headquarters: 918 U Street, NW, 2nd floor, Washington, DC 20001.

The College Admission Prep Camp is a way to have a great time on a college campus this summer while getting a head start on the college admissions process. The program offers: SAT test preparations with a proven curriculum, college admissions essay one-on-one tutoring, college admissions guidance – where to apply, how the process works.  For additional information visit  .

The Youth Internship Program (YIP) places qualified urban students as paid interns in law firms, businesses, government offices, and non-profit organizations. Open to sophomores and juniors during their out-of-school months, the program is offered three times a year to accommodate students in Los Angeles’ year-round school systems. Each paid internship program lasts eight weeks. Students work at job sites for six out of the eight weeks. During the first and last week and every Friday of each program, YIP participants take part in educational seminars. 

COSMOS – The California State Summer School for Mathematics & Science
The mission of COSMOS is to motivate the most creative minds of the new generation of prospective scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who will become leaders of California, the nation, and the world. The program aims to create a community of students who participate in and contribute to an intensive academic experience delivered by distinguished educators and scholars.

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Science & Engineering Apprenticeship program
This program places academically talented H.S. Students (at least 16 yrs old, sophomores/ juniors) with interest in science & math in Dept. of Defense laboratories for an 8-wk period over the summer. This is an invaluable experience in the world of scientific research, with hands-on exposure to scientific & engineering practices not available in the HS environment. It is a paid apprenticeship ($2,000) and the students are assigned a scientist or engineer as their mentor. For more information, visit:; Students must submit their transcript (minimum GPA 3.0) and teacher recommendation to the program director for consideration and daily transportation is the student's responsibility.

Since 1992, HACU has offered one of the best internship programs in the country. We believe that participation in an internship is an invaluable opportunity to gain hands-on work experience, but internships offered through many other organizations often come at a price, whether monetary or otherwise.
To honor our commitment to providing equal access to such opportunities, the HACU National Internship Program offers many additional benefits which offset or eliminate many common costs of taking part in an internship.  Unlike so many other internship programs in the nation’s capital, there are no fees to apply for or participate in an internship. On top of that, all internship positions are paid, housing and travel to and from the orientation and/or work site can be arranged at no cost to our interns, provisions can be made for interns to receive academic credit, and free professional development activities are regularly offered during the course of the program.

Beginning in the summer, approximately 125 high school students from three Los Angeles Unified School District schools will experience UCLA through a four-day, three-night college empowerment program where they will learn to overcome both real and perceived barriers to college access. The students will participate in college and career workshops, connect with local Hispanic professionals, meet college admissions officers, interact with near-peer mentors, listen to inspirational speakers, and compete for scholarships. Throughout the on-campus experience, the students will build their confidence and receive practical tools to help them along their pathway to college. The high schools that will be served are Belmont, Roosevelt and Santee.  Through 2011-2012 programming, approximately 500 high school students and 200 parents will be served and 250 volunteers will be engaged.  Note that regions and school sites served may change from year to year. 

The mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. INROADS seeks high performing Black, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American Indian students for internship opportunities with some of the nation's largest companies. Qualifications: have career interest in Business, Engineering, Computers and Information Sciences, Sales, Marketing, Allied Health Care, or Healthcare Management; freshman or sophomore in an accredited college or university, college 2.8 Cumulative GPA or  high school senior applying or already admitted to an accredited college or university; high school 3.0 cumulative GPA; citizenship or permanent residency. Applications accepted year-round.

MITES PROGRAM (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) at MIT
MITES is a challenging 6 week summer program that prepares promising   rising seniors for careers in engineering and science. If you are selected, all   educational, housing, meals and activity costs are covered. You must, however, pay for your own transportation to and from MIT. To apply, go to

This is a 6 week summer internship at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. It is open to students who will be 16 years old and have completed the 10th grade, have demonstrated high academic success, and have an interest in space science or engineering as a career.  Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Applications are available online at    Apply now.

Serving the Greater Los Angeles area, OBA, Inc., better known as Outward Bound Adventures, is a nonprofit organization that provides meaningful nature-based educational experiences for urban underserved youth, young adults and their families. OBA uses the wilderness, urban communities and classroom settings to teach its middle school and high school participants about the natural world.  Participants engage in activities and initiatives that promote self-empowerment, integrity, accountability, health, community service and environmental education. OBA will serve approximately 1,100 participants.  Most important, they are all people with high potential to grow and change dramatically, building character and transforming lives. Challenge yourself to take the next step and never look back. From the remote reaches of the wilderness to the bustling streets and natural parks of your own neighborhood, you'll face challenges as a leader, an individual, an innovator. Develop community, build bonds, and discover what it means to go beyond.         1 (626) 564-0844      

There are 2 programs, one for male students completing their sophomore or junior year, and the other for male students completing their senior year. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). The curriculum focuses on personal and interpersonal leadership skills.  To apply, go to; Application access is listed under "Centers and Institutes."
Goals: To bring mathematically talented and motivated high-school students from across the United States, and from around the world, to Stanford university for four weeks of serious mathematical pursuits; to  provide access for these students to advanced topics in mathematics, in a way that is fun and interesting; to lead these students through topics that are of great significance in the historical development of mathematics, that are important to current lines of mathematical research, and that have applications in the sciences; and to provide a friendly social environment for interaction between SUMaC participants and Stanford Mathematics Department faculty and students.  For more information please visit their website at

The Summer Journalism Program is designed for low-income sophomores or juniors with at least a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) who   have an interest in journalism. The cost is free including travel costs to and from Princeton! For more information, go to

The Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Leadership Institute is the core training and development program of Youth to Leaders. Each year students, ages 13-18, are invited to apply to attend this five-day conference held on a college campus. Between 200 and 250 students are accepted for participation along with adult allies who serve as chaperones. The majority of the Institute participants are moderate to low-income from urban and suburban communities nationwide. Each year 20-25 states are represented.  For more information visit

Admitted students participate in CEED’s Annual Science Mathematics Achievement and Research Technology for Students Program. This program, also known as SMARTS, is a six-week summer college preparation program at UCLA designed to engage traditionally underrepresented students in rigorous science, technology, engineering and math instruction and training.SMARTS participants engage in a number of activities, including math courses (Introduction to Statistics and AP Calculus Readiness), SAT preparation, research, and college and career planning workshops. A hallmark of SMARTS is the Research Apprentice Program (RAP). Through this unique opportunity, approximately 10 - 15 students are able to add research assistant to their portfolio, as they successfully complete six weeks of research in UCLA labs. Research projects, mentored by graduate students, are conducted in frontier engineering, science and computing areas which range from Nanotechnology to Molecular Genetics. The six-week experience is culminated with a closing ceremony where Research Apprentices formally present their projects to an audience of faculty, staff, parents and their peers.

The UCLA Summer Research Program for high school students offers hands-on research experience working in an engineering laboratory of a distinguished UCLA faculty member. Each participant is matched with a faculty mentor and works as a member of that faculty mentor’s research group for eight summer weeks. Participants will attend weekly workshops/presentations conducted by faculty and staff during a catered lunch, which will expose participants to the various engineering departments at UCLA. High school participants also learn to translate their research data into the constructs of a scientific poster, which is presented on the final day of the program. 

Young Scholars Program targets rising juniors and seniors who have a strong academic record and a desire to excel to experience college life while earning three academic credits. 14 courses are offered for three weeks. Visit

WOMEN IN ENGINEERING, E2@UMD (University of Maryland)
Exploring Engineering at the University of Maryland (E2@UMD) is a one-week summer program for high school women (rising juniors or seniors) who are considering engineering as a possible major and career. You will live on campus for one-week and explore the world of engineering through fun hands-on activities, laboratory experiments, informative workshops, team challenges, and seminars with professional engineers.
Go to or call 301-405-3283.

Students interested in making themselves more academically competitive may want to attend community college courses over the summer.  Students who take advantage of concurrent enrollment opportunities demonstrate that they are capable of handling college level coursework.  In addition, UC/CSU approved courses at the community college can help satisfy a high school subject requirement while simultaneously earning the student college credits.  Grades of “C” or better earned at the community college are also given an extra grade point by the university, thereby bolstering a student’s grade point average.  Please note that at many community colleges, enrollment fees for high school students are no longer waived.  For more information, students should visit their high school counselors and the website of the community college that they wish to attend.

UCLA Extension for high school students
Enroll in our High School Level Program designed for the college-bound student.  These intensive academic courses help introduce students to the UCLA campus, and can provide high school credit, with prior agreement from your school counselor.  You can also take regular UCLA Extension degree-credit courses, available evenings and weekends.  It’s a great way to earn Advanced Placement or college credit – not just during the summer, but all year long.

UCLA Summer Sessions
UCLA Summer Sessions and Special Programs offers summer programs to motivated high school students who would like to get a jump start on their college career and gain enrichment in a variety of interesting and challenging subjects.

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  This listing is solely informational and not an endorsement or sponsorship of any program. All information provided, and programs listed, should be reviewed and evaluated directly with the independent program provider.
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