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Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Welcome to TL's webpage for activities during the summer!  Summer vacation is typically approximately 10 weeks long, between the end of final exams in June and the first day of school in August.  Opportunities include camps, classes, internships, jobs, volunteering...relaxation & vacation!  Check back periodically, as we will add new opportunities from time to time.  And note that due to COVID-19, it is possible that all of these programs will have changes, including being moved online.

TeenLife has an amazing centralized search engine!  The following are some that students have recently participated in.  

College of Marin. June 12-July 20. Deadline varies.

Bridge Hacks, July 17-19.  Free, online, 48-hour hackathon, for high schoolers and middle schoolers!  Workshops for iOS apps, python, internships, and more; win drones, gift cards, and more! Sign up here!

WPI/Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Massachusetts).  Frontiers (rising grades 12 & 11, July 13-August 14, $2,148); and Launch (rising grades 10 & 9, August 3-7, $299).  Courses include app development, biotech, calculus, drama, economics, engineering, physics, psychology and robotics.  Deadline: June 15, 2021.

NSLC/National Student Leadership Conferences: UC Berkeley, UCLA, 12 others in the US, plus Duke/Singapore & Yale/Singapore

Oxbridge Academic Programs: Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Spain, France, Cambridge, Oxford

Fir Acres Writing Workshop: at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR, June 21-July 4 2020. For rising Seniors/2021, Juniors 2022, and Sophomores 2023. Financial Aid available. Application available now, Priority deadline Jan. 1 2021.

Johns Hopkins Univ. CTY/Center for Talented Youth. California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York. Dates vary.  4 programs: Academic Explorations, Civic Leadership, Global Issues in the 21st Century, Intensive Studies. Financial aid available. Application available soon, deadline TBA.  

Summer at Columbia. Columbia College, Chicago, IL. July 13-31 2020. Filmmaking, musical theater, game development, digital music production, screenwriting, illustration. Financial aid is available. Deadline ASAP, programs fill on a rolling basis. 

Boston University: High School Honors (6 weeks, for rising juniors or seniors; take undergrad courses), RISE/Research in Science and Engineering Internship/Practicum (6 weeks; rising seniors; conduct academic research in a university lab), Academic Immersion (3 weeks; for rising seniors or juniors; Psychology, Medicine, or Creative Writing), Summer Challenge (2 weeks; students take seminars of their choice; rising seniors, juniors, or sophomores), Summer Preview (1 week; students take one subject of their choice; for rising sophomores, 9th grade or 8th grade).  Financial aid available for some. Deadlines vary.  

Camp Cardiac: one-week;-long day camps, offered nationwide including San Francisco.  Provides a foundation for heart-healthy living with an emphasis on both diet and exercise; primary focus is on care and maintenance of the heart, also provides an excellent starting point for careers in all fields of medicine.  Scholarships available.  Deadline: filled on first-come, first-served basis.  

Camp Neuro: one-week-long day camps, offered nationwide including San Francisco.  For students interested in exploring a career in medicine or psychology; primary focus is on care and maintenance of the brain as well as psychology, also provides excellent starting point for careers in all fields of medicine.  Scholarships available.  Deadline: filled on first-come, first-served basis.  

Abbey Road: programs in Greece (on the island of Crete, July 10-31, programs in Greek mythology, creative writing, photography); Boston (college success, and leadership in human rights, advocacy, and international relations); and Santa Barbara (film, acting, screenplay writing, social media and journalism).  Deadline: varies.  


Class of 2022 and later


COSMOS California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Cruz, July-Aug. 2021 (dates TBA). Application available Jan. 6, 2021, deadline ~Feb. 7, 2021.

CSSSA/California State Summer School for the Arts. At CalArts, in Valencia, CA, July-Aug. 2021 (dates TBA). Cost: $2,250, financial aid available. Application available fall 2020, deadline ~February 10, 2021.

NEW!!! ---> CSI/Conservation Science Intensive, Stinson Beach.  For girls interested in deepening their naturalist skills and explore conservation science!  Deadline: February 19, 2021.

Carnegie Mellon Pre-College. Carnegie Mellon U., Pittsburgh, PA. Architecture, Art, Computational Biology, Design, Drama, Game Academy, Music, Math & Science, Writing & Culture. Financial aid available. Deadline: ~March 1, 2021.

Reynolds Young Writers Workshop: at Denison University, Granville, OH, June 21-28 2020. For rising Seniors/2021 and Juniors/2022. Financial aid is available. Application available Jan. 6, deadline ~March 1, 2021.

TryEngineering Summer InstituteAt UC Riverside, Texas A&M, and Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology (New York).  Cost varies, ~2,200; financial aid is available!  Deadline: ~March 6, 2021.  

NYU/New York University: 6 weeks, for rising seniors and juniors.  Courses in arts & media; business; education; health; humanities & social sciences; STEM.  Deadline: ~April 1, 2021.  

Chicano Latinx Youth Leadership Project: For rising 12th and 11th graders.  Bay Area Institute, at UC Berkeley, June 26-28, 2020; AND Statewide Leadership Conference, in Sacramento, July 11-18, 2020.  FREE!  Deadline: ~April 5, 2021.