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This section provides summer program options for students including job readiness skills, life skills, leadership skills, college and career exploration, special education, wilderness, academic, arts, etc.  This section also provides resources for educators, parents, and providers to create new or strengthen existing summer programs.


21ST Century Community Learning Center

Overview of the basic information about the 21st Century grant and purpose of the programs.

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Academic Summer Camps- Education Unlimited

Since 1993, Education Unlimited has provided comprehensive academic summer camps to children ages K-12. Located in California and Massachusetts, students focus on public speaking, college admissions prep, science camps for girls, acting, creative writing, computer skills, video production, and East Coast college tours.

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American Camp Association-Summer Learning Resources

Find resources on preventing summer learning loss and other helpful research to enhance your summer programs.

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Army National Guard Youth Programs

The Army National Guard is proud of the outreach programs that have been implemented recently. The Army National Guard has launched two youth programs to help those that may be at risk: About Face provides at-risk youth the tools they need to stay in school and get a job. It teaches youths the skills employers want. Forward March for Young Adults is a hands-on program that teach job and life skills so that youths can make the move from welfare to work.

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Building Quality in Summer Learning Programs: Approaches and Recommendations

The paper commissioned by the Wallace Foundation is a resource to be used in the development of summer programs to help close the achievement gap.

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Disney Youth Education Series

Located at the world-famous Disneyland parks in Florida and California, students of all ages gather to take place in the educational adventure of a lifetime. Students learn Applied Science, Environmental Studies. Liberal Arts, and Leadership Development through a standards-based program. Students also learn teamwork, critical thinking, and problem-solving techniques.

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English Immersion Summer Programs- Youth Educational Programs (Yep!)

During Yep! summer camps, students immerse themselves in the English language through living with host families, volunteering, and field trips in three major American cities. Yep! partners with local renowned colleges and students can live in the dormitories. Yep! strives to create a memorable study abroad experience for international students.

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Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) at Purdue University

The GERI program at Purdue University caters to talented students looking to explore the college environment. Students study topics not traditionally offered in school that gives them a unique opportunity to focus on an industry they may like to pursue.

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Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is a leading innovator in developing the skills of K-12 learners throughout the world. Their mission is to prepare students to become global ambassadors and to become future, renowned leaders.

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Kaiser Permanente Youth Program

Designed to target high school and undergraduate students, the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program has been implementing opportunities for underserved high school student populations since 1968. Featuring a wide array of health care and health care jobs available, many students who have joined the program have later found work in health care-related industries.

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Kids Camps

Kids Camps provides a search engine for kids camps ranging from sports and adventure to arts and academic. Narrow your search results by location and age to even better suit your needs.

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My Summer Camp
Provides information on summer camps for campers and their families as well camp staff and directors. Here you can find activities and games for any situation at camp.

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National Student Leadership Conference
For over 20 years, the National Student Leadership Conference has invited a select group of outstanding high school students to participate in its fast-paced, high-level, interactive summer sessions. Sponsored by the National Student Leadership Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan, education organization, the NSLC provides students with the opportunity to experience life on a college campus; develop essential leadership skills; and explore a future career through exciting simulations, exclusive site visits and interactive meetings with renowned leaders in their chosen field.

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National Summer Learning Association: Webinars
The Association is excited to offer this series of six webinars designed to support summer learning program leaders. Each webinar looks at a different component of the planning process and offers suggestions for planning a 2010 Summer Learning Day event.

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National Young Leaders Conference

National Young Leaders Conference: Skills in Leadership for Change is an annual youth conference for high school students. The conference provides students with experiences and strategies to succeed and prepare in college. Through the interactive program, students gain hands-on experience and are also given the opportunity to earn college credit through George Mason University.

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National Youth Network
Since 1990 the National Youth Network (initially known as the Western Youth Network) has been helping parents and professionals alike in providing education and information regarding programs and services for underachieving youth. Over the years NYN has literally helped thousands of families find the most appropriate information and intervention options to meet their special needs. There are many types of summer camps throughout the United States. Parents can choose anything from special education summer camps, to wilderness summer camps, to academic summer camps.

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National Youth Science Camp

The National Youth Science Camp is a science educational program for science students to participate in the summer after they graduate high school. Through engaging lectures and working with leading scientists, students have the opportunity to compete in an outdoor program and gain reputable experience before heading off to college.

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Rutgers University Summer Youth Programs

Rutgers University provides children and young adults youth education and summer camp services serving a wide range of interests and age groups. Rutgers provides academic-based programs, sports camps, and traditional camps.

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Sally Ride Science Camp for Girls

This one of a kind camp gives girls the opportunity to learn more about science, technology, and engineering while getting a look into college life. Girls entering 4th-9th grade can participate to become emerging STEM leaders in the ever-important field of science.

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SeaWorld Educational Programs

SeaWorld provides several education programs ranging from Career Camp, Dolphin Detectives, Family Fun Sleepovers, Girl Scouts of the USA Mix-In, Ocean Discovery, K-12 School programs, Home School Programs, School Tours, Teacher resources, Youth Full Day Programs, and Resident Camps. Children grades 5-12 can experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with the world's leading marine biology organization.

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SMU Youth Programs

Southern Methodist University provides several year-round youth programs serving kindergarten through high school ages. A variety of classes are available to students ranging in computer skills to college prep.

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STARTALK Online CUrriculum Development Guides & Templates
The online curriculum development guides provide enhanced explanations for each section of the student and teacher curriculum templates based around 21st Century guidelines. These guides may be useful to program directors and instructors as they develop their standards-based, thematically designed curriculum.

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Summer Camp and Trip Resources

Learn how to choose the right summer camp or program. This website provides a questionnaire to fill out in order to narrow down the choices as well as summer camp consultants to contact with any questions or concerns.

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Summer Learning Tools
Discover how to make learning a fun part of your everyday summer routine. Stop the summer brain drain with the summer learning guides and games for Grades K-6.

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Summer and Day Camp Ideas Planner - Running a Summer Camp for Teens and Older Kids
Skills that local organizations can look for during the summer months to help with ideas for their teen summer camps and events.

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SuperCamp is the original organization dedicated to bridging academic, life skills, and career training. SuperCamp originated in 1982 and has since become a worldwide leader in student educational programs. Programs can help students increase grades, confidence, and motivate students to become their best self.

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Teen Ink
Let Teen Ink help you find the coolest teen summer program or teen camp! Their list of summer programs and camps has something for every teenager. Summer camps and programs include writing, art, music, performing arts, science, outdoor adventure, science, math and technology, community service, travel, language programs and more! Explore, comment, or write a review on the great opportunities available on college campuses, nationwide, and overseas.

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Ultimate Camp Resource

Ultimate Camp Resource is a site that provides staff training methods, program designs and activities for camps including videos and PDFs.  

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Summer Camp Activity Ideas

Summer camps are a place for students to continue their developmental growth while out of school. With 82 sources to choose from, Summer Camp Resources provides an abundance of activity ideas.

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