There may be clouds in the sky and snow on the ground... but now it's March, and summer is just around the corner!
Summer is a great time to address all that is missing during the regular school year—in particular, it’s a great time to foster and develop skills relevant for the future. Did you know that, according to the World Economic Forum, "65% of jobs for the next generation don’t even exist yet"?
But alas, there are literally thousands of summer programs out there, ranging from mediocre to down-right amazing. But don't fear, we did the hard work for you! We’ve compiled a list of 5 of the best summer camps designed to help our children become leaders who shape a future that doesn't yet exist.
Gifted And Talented Silicon Valley Innovators at Stanford University + UC Berkeley
Gifted And Talented Silicon Valley Innovators (GATSVI) Summer Immersion is an outcome focused entrepreneurship program for high school entrepreneurs. Students from all over the globe gather in Silicon Valley to work with outstanding peers to launch real businesses and pitch their ideas before panels of distinguished Silicon Valley investors. The program includes insider access, hands-on experience, and exclusive innovation lessons at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Google, Apple, Facebook, Uber, Udacity and Plug-and-Play Tech Center. Parents and students describe the program as “life changing.” GATSVI offers excellent preparation for college and careers, and empowers students to be entrepreneurs that make an immediate impact on the world.
Young Women’s Writing Workshop at Smith College
With so few writing programs that cater exclusively to high school girls, Smith’s Young Women’s Writing Workshop allows you to explore your writing in a creative and supportive environment that fosters your love of writing in a variety of mediums.
Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University + UC Berkeley
The Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Civic Leadership Institute is a three-week summer service-learning program for outstanding high school students in grades 9 through 12. The program combines hands-on education, meaningful service, powerful speakers and seminars, and an unforgettable residential experience for a summer that students describe as “life changing.” A powerful capstone experience, CLI offers excellent preparation for college and careers, and allows students to develop the leadership skills they need to make a difference in the world.
Science & Technology
Bio Engineering AI Medicine (BEAM) Camp at UC Irvine
UCI, renowned for its latest advancements in the fields of Bio, Engineering, AI and Medicine (“BEAM”), provides real world STEM research and publication opportunities for gifted and talented high school students. High tech research labs and state of the art facilities along with prominent professors and distinguished researchers are among the top resources at summer students’ disposal. What draws teens to the program is the opportunity to experience real hands-on lab research projects while discovering the intersection between various fields in bio-engineering, AI, and medicine.
Interlochen Center for the Arts at Northwest Michigan
Interlochen offers a wide range of musical opportunities for high school musicians and attracts some of the world’s most talented students and teachers. In addition to large-ensemble experiences, Interlochen Arts Camp also offers programs geared toward individual development/enrichment. The one-week instrumental institutes are held the week before multi-week programs start, so students are welcome to attend an institute and then stay on for another program.
No matter what special interests your student might have, there’s a summer camp that will focus on the future and still fit with what they love to do.