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    It is highly encouraged for students to be involved in something during the summer and in programs outside of class time during the school year. Whether that is working on the 60 hours of community service required for graduation, taking a Skills Center class, getting a paying job, honing your passions through a program or exploring a career through an internship. Check out the programs below, and spend some time exploring the Youth Program Directory website immediately below.

    Check out the Youth Program Directory which has programs for the summer and throughout the year!

    ACE Mentors:

    Interested in Architecture,Construction or Engineering? ACE Mentors is a mentorship program for motivated students who want to learn about a career in the building industry. Students meet with mentors, go on field trips to job sites,and work on their own building design project guided by a team of mentors. Meetings are held after school once every two weeks from 4-6 pm at the mentor offices. The program runs from end of October through May and is open to students in grades 9-12. At the end of the year the students present their projects to peers, teachers, and parents. Seniors in the program are also eligible to apply for scholarships. Last year140 students from area high schools finished the ACE program and 9 seniors were awarded a total of $61,500 in scholarships!

    Sign up for ACE today at! Please submit applications online by Friday, Oct 16

    Bezos Scholars Program

    Prestigious scholars program seeks 12 top public high school juniors (current juniors) and 12 dynamic educators to receive seven-day, all-expenses-paid scholarships to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival. The program – which provides a remarkable leadership opportunity for students and educators – seeks independent thinkers,demonstrated leaders and engaged community members.

    Cornell University College of Engineering Summer Programs for High School Students

    Carleton College Summer Academic Programs

    CHANCE Program

    What is CHANCE?

    Scholarship & mentoring program to give marginalized kids & teens a CHANCE! Includes full and partial scholarships to our classes & specialized programs, free t-shirt, mentoring, assistant instructor training if applicable, and logistical support related to classes (finding transportation…).

    Who is eligible?

    Low income and high risk youth ages 3-18 years old referred by a service worker (therapist, case manager, teacher, doctor,counselor…) are eligible for a CHANCE in our kids & teens programs.Young adults 14-22 years old referred by a service worker are eligible for a CHANCE in our assistant instructor \ internship program, with the possibility of future paid opportunities.

    How to refer a student? Complete application below and return to The Samarya Center c\o Tristan Elliott. 1806 E. Yesler Way,Seattle, WA 98122   or email to

    Children's Hospital Summer Nurse Camp: June 27th-29th 2017

    DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internet working, and Tech) seeking students with STEM interests!

    Do you want to attend college, want work-based learning experiences,want access to mentors with disabilities, have a disability, and have interests in science, technology, engineering, or math?

    Active participants reply to emails weekly, participate in mentorship group, and attend Access STEM events
    Application forms at Contact Person: Debra Zawanda at 206-685-3648 or

    Doshisha University

    Interested in studying in Japan? Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan offers a B.A. Liberal Arts program through the Institute for International Education (IIE). Classes are taught in English with three choices for a major area of study – politics, economics, or sociocultural studies. They are sister colleges with Amherst, they expect applicants to be in the top 30% of their class, living expenses are about 1000-2000 a month.

    Emma L. Bowen Foundation

    Students must be current seniors to apply.​

    The Emma. L Bowen Foundation is an internship program designed to help increase career opportunities for minority students interested in pursuing a career in Media. Students have an opportunity to learn many aspects of corporate operations and develop company-specific skills.Corporations have an opportunity to guide and develop minority students with the option on permanent placement upon completion of their college degree.

    Global Citizen Year Fellows Program

    The Fellows program includes world-class training in language,culture, leadership, and international development over the course of abridge year between high school and college. If you’re interested in learning more and applying, visit

    Health Careers Youth Project

    Accepted high school students will be enrolled in an 8 week summer quarter professional level nursing assistant certified (NAC) course at Seattle Central Community College from July 30th-August 22nd.All tuition, books and equipment will be covered by SYEP. Students will earn college credits upon successful completion of the course and if approved by their high school counselors, students can earn high school credits.

    HCYP Brochure

    HEYO Youth Program

    Health Education Youth Outreach (HEYO) is Lifelong’s primary youth education program for youth age 16-24. Through peer-to-peer outreach and education, HEYO reduces stigma around queer issues, promotes healthy sexual choices and makes HIV testing and other resources readily available.

    Imagine Tomorrow Competition

    Imagine Tomorrow challenges 9th through 12th graders to seek new ways to support the transition to alternative energy sources.Students research complex topics related to renewable energy, then innovate technologies, designs, or plans to mobilize behavior. They forge connections in their communities and create positive change. In this energy competition, as in life, solutions are limited only by imagination.

    Junior State of America

    Junior State of America (JSA) Summer Programs give high achieving students the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills, study with university professors and gain familiarity with the college living experience. 8th – 11th grade students, interested in current events and civic engagement, may be nominated for the JSA Summer Schools, the JSA Diplomat Program, and the JSA Election Symposia at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Scholarships and fundraising programs are available to help students participate. If you’d like to be nominated, please see your counselor in the Counseling Office. Applications are being accepted currently and fill quickly. Apply early to be considered!

    King County Youth Development Network

    Check out King County Youth Development programs in sports and recreation, education and tutoring, faith based, arts,ethnic/cultural activities, before and after school activities,community service, volunteering, summer camps, and more!

    Lead Summer Programs

    Contact: (Check website for updates on 2012-2013 information)

    Are you an academically strong junior or senior with great leadership potential? Lead is currently accepting applications for three summer programs: Lead Business, Engineering, and Lead Global. Tuition and travel assistance are available for eligible students.

    Lead Business (SBI): Available for high school juniors with a 3.0 GPA or better who are involved in their schools and communities.Participating universities include: Dartmouth College, Duke University,Northwestern University, Stanford University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia. SBIs are 3 to 4 week residential programs that immerse participants in a range of topics from finance and marketing, to e-commerce and entrepreneurship.

    LEAD Engineering (SEI): Available for high school sophomores and juniors with a 3.2 GPA or better who shoe great interest in mathematics and the sciences. Participating universities include California Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley,University of Michigan, Villanova University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Virginia. The SEI curriculum focuses onareas of engineering including electrical, mechanical, civil, computer and civil engineering; associated disciplines such as chemical, biotech,bimolecular, materials science, aerospace, polymer-textile/ fiber and technological systems are also studied.

    Lead Global (SGI): Available for high school sophomores with a 3.0 GPA who are ready to live and study abroad. The Global program exposes American students to global career opportunities alongside from different countries in one program so that all participants might make better informed decisions when choosing acollege or profession. LEAD Global will take place in Cape Town, SouthAfrica at the University of Cape Town.

    Microsoft High School Internship Program

    Deadline: March (check website for updates on 2014 information)

    “Here at Microsoft, high school students just like you work on cutting-edge technology that makes a difference in people’s lives all over the world. As an intern, your insider’s look into high-tech professions may inspire you as you make plans for college. It’ll also give you a head start on building a good resume. Sure beats scooping icecream!”

    To Qualify:

    • Be a high school junior or senior in the Puget Sound area (at the time of application).
    • Have a demonstrated interest in technology.
    • Know how to e-mail and use Microsoft Office Word.
    • Have a basic grasp of HTML, Visual Basic, or other programming language (preferred).
    • Be 16 years old and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
    • Be available to work full time, 40 hours per week, for eight to ten consecutive weeks starting on June 18th

    All Puget Sound area high school students are welcome to apply. We especially encourage applications from minorities (African American, Native American, Hispanic), young women, individuals with disabilities, and students from economically disadvantaged families.


    Interns receive a competitive hourly wage plus a bus pass and software discounts. In addition to an awesome learning opportunity,we also try to pack the summer with lots of fun events, as well.

    NASA Reduced Gravity Program

    Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps

    Selected applicants will receive: Full Tuition and other financial benefits worth up to $180,000, NROTC Units are located at over150 of the nation’s leading colleges and universities, and a $250- $400a month tax-free spending money. Students must be a U.S. Citizen, must be at least 17 years old by June 30th of the year you start college,must complete high school/ equivalent certificate, and must take the SAT or ACT and receive at least the minimum scores listed on the website.Student options are to join the Navy or the Nurse Corps (must major in a nursing degree program leading to a BSN). There is no Military Service requirement for the first year of college. For more information or to sign up, visit the website.

    Noogieland at Gilda’s Club Seattle

    The Noogieland family support program at Gilda’s Club Seattle provides ongoing support for children, teens, and parents living with cancer. Choose from support groups, educational workshops, social activities, summer day camp, and family focus meetings to support your entire family throughout your journey with cancer. Contact Michelle formore information on how to sign up, or visit the website. Contact:Michelle

    Email:, Phone: 206. 709. 1400

    Gilda’s Club Seattle, 1400 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

    Gilda’s Club sponsors the Annual IT’S Always Something Teen Writing Contest. To find out more, send an email .

    The Northwest School Summer Camp

    For American and International Students (ages 10-18). For more information go to,

    Peace Activist Trainee

    The PAT program is a paid ($500 stipend) month-long summer program for high school students who want to gain skills in organizing for peace and social justice. It’s designed to help you develop your voice to create change in your community. It is run by Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation (WWFOR) staff with the partnership of the Abe Keller Peace Education Fund. We learn about peace and justice issues, the practice of nonviolence, and gain skills such as public speaking, group leadership, creating videos, conducting surveys, public relations, outreach, and lobbying. We meet individual activists, visit organizations, are introduced to current hot issues, and are mentored by older, more experienced activists. In 2013 the program will focus on racial and economic inequity and how it relates to conflict locally,nationally, and internationally

    RecTech Programs

    Events, Arts, Play, Work, Learn & Hang!

    Locations include: Delridge, Garfield, Miller, Rainier, Rainier Beach, South Park, Southwest

    The RecTech Coalition mission is to provide programs that effectively utilize technology for education, recreation and community services for children, youth, adults, and neighborhoods.

    All teen classes are free! Classes include: Music Appreciation, Animation-Stop Motion, Digital Art & Illustration,Creative Writing, Web Design, Flash Animation, Digital Photography,Radio Rookies, & Video Production. Check the website for more details!

    Robert B. Sturm Youth Leadership Mission


    (check website for updates)

    The Robert B Sturm Youth Leadership Mission is an intensive three and a half day trip to Washington D.C.  While in D.C. students will tour the city, visit Capitol Hill, and spend a day at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The program is being offered to local high school sophomores and juniors at no cost to the participants. It includes air fare, hotel, food, tours and programs. Students will work together, following the trip, to create a large-scale, community-wide project focused on the importance of diversity and promoting respect forall people. Students are required to remain involved with ADL Youth programs for a year following the trip. (This could be considered part of the student’s Community Service Hours!). For additional information and applications, visit the website or contact the event coordinator mentioned above.

    Contact: Judith Mentzer,,  206.446.5349 x4

    Seattle Black Achievers Program

    The YMCA of Greater Seattle Black Achievers Program is based at the Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA. With the program components delivered on site and at Franklin, Garfield, Cleveland, and Rainier Beach High Schools, we offer high school youth opportunities to explore career options, develop leadership skills, prepare for college,and participate in service learning and social activities. Through caring relationships with local business professionals and high quality programming, youth learn to set educational goals, understand professional standards, and strengthen developmental assets.

    Shomari Jones- Senior Director, Black Achievers Program

    Phone: 206-332-6969, Cell: 206-351-2520, Fax: 206-322-6868

    Seafair Ambassador Program

    Apply online at:

    The Seafair Foundation annually invites local area high school sophomores and juniors to apply for one of eight Seafair Ambassador positions. From projects/essays submitted, the group is narrowed down for personal interviews from which eight students are chosen. Six of the eight selected students will be International Ambassadors and receive all the benefits listed below. The remaining two Local Ambassadors will participate in all activities but will only be eligible for the college scholarship or exchange program to Kobe, Japanif an International Ambassador is unable to fulfill his or her commitment. Selected students represent Seafair in a unique yearlong calendar of community participation.

    Ambassadors receive: $1,000 college scholarship, Seafair Mentorship Program with community leaders, International Seattle Sister City student hosting opportunity, exchange trip to Kobe, Japan, and numerous opportunities to contribute time and talents to Seafair events and projects.

    Check out the website above to apply to be a Seafair Ambassador!

    S.M.A.R.T. Teens & Parents

    Take control of your stress. Even when you can’t completely get rid of what’s stressing you, you can reduce your stress and effectively manage it so that you feel better. Learn relaxation techniques and stress management strategies here at S.M.A.R.T. this fun workshop for parents and teens. To learn more/ register, visit the website.

    Summer Traveling

    This website provides a list of opportunities that involve traveling to other states or countries: Click on “Summer Journeys: WKCD Annual Summer Abroad Directory (’12)” and “Summer Academics and Enrichment: A Taste of College” to learn more

    TYE (TiE Young Entrepreneur) Seattle

    TYE focuses on fostering entrepreneurship in youth and helps them discover the rewards and challenges of becoming an entrepreneur. We are accepting applications from high school students for the 2013-14 term. Successful applicants will embark on a unique opportunity to learn from and work with local entrepreneurs and apply what they learn in real-world situations. As part of the TYE educational program, students will also get an opportunity to participate in a Global level Business Plan Competition.

    The application and details about the Program:

    If you have any questions regarding the program, ask:

    Wasatch Academy

    Contact Tom Schenck, Director of Summer Programs at 435 462-1438.

    6-week Academic, Technology, Arts and Outdoor Experience: Classes include Robotics, Computer Game Design, Studio Music Production

    6-week Wasatch Film Institute (Ages 12-18): Create, script, shoot, edit and complete their own film. Can be used in portfolios.

    3-Week Nature Writers Rafting Expedition (Ages 12-18): Study geology, botany, history, archaeology, and ecology of the Grand Canyon.

    4-day Girls Rodeo Camp (Ages 8 and over): Riders must provide their own horse and equipment.

    Washington University in St. Louis Summer Experiences

    Washington University’s high school summer programs provide academically talented high school students who have completed their sophomore or junior year with a unique opportunity—the chance to try out college, the ability to earn college credit, and the excitement of living and bonding with fellow students from around the country and the world. Visit the website to find out more!

    UW-Bothell Black Opportunity Leadership Day

    UW Computer Science Summer Program (First come, first served — girls only!)

    UW Young Gifted and Black Conference

    WILD YOUTH Program

    Are you looking for a summer job?  Are you interested in learning about the environment, camping, hiking, gardening, cooking food or working with children? Are you between the ages of 14-19 and going to high school in King County?

    Then you should apply for the  WILD Program!

    Washington Trails Association Youth Volunteer Opportunties

    Young Executives of Color: UW Seattle Foster School of Business

    Young Executives of Color (YEOC)

    WHAT is YEOC?

    Young Executives of Color is a nine month college pipeline program that brings students from high schools throughout Washington State to the UW campus one Saturday every month for engaging and fun business sessions and opportunities.  YEOC is a FREE program! Food and supplies are provided throughout each session. The only cost to students is transportation to and from the University of Washington-Seattle campus.

    • Mentorship from a UW Foster School of Business Undergraduate
    • College Preparation Workshops
    • Leadership Development Activities
    • Business Activities and Lectures
    • Professional Development
    • Guest Speakers from the business community

    WHY attend?

    • Preparation for college admissions & scholarships
    • Learn about different business majors and careers
    • Meet professionals from Ernst & Young, Microsoft, Google, Nike, Amazon, etc.
    • Get connected with a UW student mentor
    • Build a supportive network amongst highly ambitious high school students and professionals sessions and opportunities

    WHO can join?

    Students eligible for the program include underrepresented sophomores,juniors, and seniors from any high school within the state of Washington.

    WHERE can YEOC take you?

    YEOC’s reach extends outside the boundaries of Washington state as YEOC alumni are enrolled at numerous prestigious institutions such as the following, but not limited to the list below:

    • Brown University
    • George Washington University
    • Howard University
    • Stanford University
    • Temple University Japan
    • University of California Los Angeles
    • University of Notre Dame
    • University of Pennsylvania

    HOW do I apply?

    The 2014-2015 YEOC program application is now open!

    The application is completely online here:

    Please complete and submit your application by Saturday May 24th 11:59pm for best consideration
    Admission into YEOC is determined by your application information,personal statement, short answer, and activities journal.  If you are interested in receiving additional information about Young Executives of Color program please contact Korrie Miller.

    Year Up Paid Internship

    One-year paid internship program for high school diploma and GED grades who are 18-24 years old, is recruiting their third class in the Puget Sound area.

    This program is designed to serve youth who are part of the“Opportunity Gap” to learn how to behave and work in the technological American business environment.  Students attend classes during the first six months at the YearUp offices located in Belltown.  They earn$150/week during training.  During the second six months, Year Up participants are personally matched to work at some of the largest corporations in the Seattle area.  They earn $200/week during their internship.  Participants also earn 18 college credits.

    This program is an excellent “Gap Year” opportunity.