By Rajkamal Rao
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There are outstanding summer programs to keep your teenager engaged and active, while giving them an opportunity to make friends, learn, and have fun. Summer programs are also about exploration, so it is fine to have your child enroll in a program that you may consider to be outside of her interests or career goals.
Academic programs fall into two basic buckets, STEM and Liberal Arts. Below are a few good ones. Applying early is key.
Non-academic programs range from providing service to a local nursing home to volunteering for an international organization such as the Red Cross. Work or internship options are also attractive ways to keep children engaged.
Liberal Arts: Political Science, Government, or International Relations
- Model UN
- Debate team
- Junior State of America
- YMCA Youth and Government (Texas)
- American Foreign Service Association
- US Institute of Peace
- CIEE High School Study Abroad
- Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute (BFTF) - Purdue University
- Internships with local congressmen or senators
- Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) outbound programs
- Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad)
- National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
- Yale Young Global Scholars
- Economics for Leaders - FTE
- Young Women's Institute - Indiana University
STEM (and Liberal Arts)
There are numerous STEM programs that may interest your child. Many require students to have demonstrated STEM skills in school through coursework and club activities. Some are open to all students.
- High School Aerospace Scholars - NASA
- Summer Science Program
- US Naval Academy Summer programs
- USAF Summer Seminar
- Boston University RISE program
- High School Summer Science Research at Baylor
- Girls who code
- Science Internship Program at UC Santa Cruz
- Bank of America Student Leaders
- Program in Math for Young Scientists - Boston University
- Ross Math Program at Ohio State
- Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP)
- National Space Club And Foundation Scholars Program - Greenbelt, Maryland
- High School Summer Program at MD Anderson
- California State Summer School for Mathematics & Science (COSMOS)
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