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Cobb Youth Leadership


One of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s leadership programs, Cobb Youth Leadership, is now accepting applications for next year’s class.  The program features monthly meetings which focus on different aspects of the Cobb County community (health, politics, public safety, entertainment, etc.) while developing leadership skills through interactive participation. 


We are seeking driven, ambitious, and creative students to participate starting in August 2016.  To be eligible for the program, all students must be entering into their 11th grade year in high school. It is our goal to have at least one student from every public and private school in Cobb County represented in the program. 


Click here to access the online application. 


The deadline for applications is Friday, April 22nd. All materials must be received by close of business that day. Selections will be made in June and all applicants will be notified of their status (accepted, alternate, not accepted) by the end of June.


Academic Enrichment

Duke Summer Youth Program


Duke Youth Program is a part of Duke University Continuing Studies and has provided summer academic enrichment for academically motivated youth for over 30 years. Each summer approximately 650 youth from around the nation and world, representing some 22 states and 5 different countries, attend one of their summer programs.


Their camps open for registration on December 1st! They offer 13 different programs for students from grades 6-11. All programs seek to engage learners in innovative, interactive, transformative learning experiences. Co-curricular social and recreational activities are carefully planned and delivered to complement the instructional day. The camp “learning community” approaches learning as a shared responsibility among students, instructors, and counselors. Visit this link to register: www.learnmore.duke.edu/youth

Fashion and Business Academy


Summer classes are pre-college courses to assist students in learning more about the fashion field and to help them become more academically prepared for college level fashion/business courses. Certificates are available in Trend and Creative Presentations, Fashion Illustration, Events and Entertainment or Wardrobe Styling. 


Courses are 2 weeks long and 2 separate sessions are available in the Sandy Springs Location. Rising seniors can apply for scholarships for the program!


   You may learn more about us at www.mypifacademy.com or by calling 678.263.8007

Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Studies


Stanford has summer College Academy, Summer Humanities Institute, and the new Summer Arts Institute and even the Online High School. 



   You may learn more about the programs by visiting: www.spcs.stanford.edu/collegecounselor


Governor's Honors Program

This highly selective, residential program at Valdosta State University is for rising juniors and seniors. Applicants must be nominated by a teacher in a specific subject, which they study in depth. Formerly a six-week program, GHP was shortened to four weeks in 2010 because of budget shortfalls. The program is free for participants.

Ivy Hall Young Writers Workshop

This three-day workshop is hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design at their Midtown Atlanta campus and taught by professors from the SCAD writing department. Open to rising juniors and seniors, it focuses on creative writing. Twenty students are selected based on the strength of their applications and writing samples.

VOX Media Cafe 

Three-week sessions for teens ages 13-19 focus on multimedia storytelling, combining journalism with video and website production, and giving students the opportunity to publish and present their work. Small groups are taught by media professionals, with field trips to local media organizations.

Georgia Tech CEISMC camps 

Rising 10th-12th graders can get hands-on experience in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Past camp sessions have included finance, astrobiology and nanotechnology. Applicants must submit a report card and a teacher recommendation. (CEISMC also offers programs for middle-school students.)

Summer Academy at University of Georgia

Day and residential camps for ages 11 to 17.

Emory National Debate Institute

 Students who are members of their school’s debate team can attend this residential program at Emory University, where they will learn debate strategies, conduct research, and engage in practice debates. Applicants are evaluated and selected based on their previous debate experience.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

 Camps are offered in visual arts, drama and dance, for toddlers through teens.

Camp Carlos at Emory University

Camps with art and history themes for ages 7 to 17.


Three weeks of day camp operated by the Gifted and Talented Education program of the Atlanta Public Schools. Students need not be enrolled in APS to attend, although fees are significantly higher for non-APS students.

Summer Science Academy

The Emory University School of Medicine hosts this two-week program, which can be taken as a residential program or a day program. The academy was created to be “a learning atmosphere where a student’s natural curiosity of science could be encouraged and freed from the constraints of time, grades, and the distractions of those whose interests were minimal.” Students research a scientific topic of their choice, participating in lectures, field trips and hands-on labs. Open to students entering 9th-12th grade.

CDC Disease Detective Camp

This one-week camp gives rising juniors and seniors an inside look at how the CDC works to protect public health. The program is selective. The field of applicants is narrowed based on an essay, and those who pass the essay phase are entered in a lottery for available spaces. The camp is free. Because of regulations, students must be 16 or older on the first day of camp.

Georgia Tech College of Computing camps 

One-week camps for ages 8 to 16, with themes including robotics, games, computing and music.

Vivien Thomas Summer Research Program

Students completing 9th-12th grade can attend this six-week program at the Morehouse School of Medicine, where they will serve as assistants in biomedical research labs. The program’s stated goal is to increase the number of minority students pursuing careers in biomedical science. Applicants must have a 3.5 GPA and meet other eligibility requirements.

Emory Pre-College Program

Open to rising juniors and seniors, this program introduces students to the college atmosphere and allows them to enroll in college-level courses. A six-week program offers college credit for up to two classes. A two-week program is also offered, but is not for credit. Students can live on campus or commute. An application including SAT, ACT or PSAT scores is required.

Savannah College of Art and Design

SCAD has two summer programs for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. SCAD Summer Seminars are one-week programs which include two hands-on workshops and afternoon and evening activities. SCAD Rising Star offers a five-week residential or nonresidential program at its Savannah and Atlanta campus, where rising seniors can take college-level art courses and earn college credit.


This three-week camp at Georgia Tech focuses on advanced topics in the biosciences. The camp is open to rising 11th and 12th graders, or “exceptional rising 10th graders.” The application is competitive.

Atlanta Young Writers Institute: AYWI offers a two-week summer workshop called the Summer Intensive. Rising 9th-12th graders learn about literary genres and work on their own original pieces.

Summer University at Kennesaw State: A series of one-week camps throughout the summer, in a wide variety of topics. Open to rising 1st – 12th graders.

Summer Institute for the Gifted at Emory University 

This three-week program is held at several  sites nationwide, including locally at Emory University. The program is open to rising 8th – 12th graders. Students take challenging courses by day and socialize with other motivated, gifted kids in the evenings and on weekends. Those who prefer can commute to the institute, forgoing the evening and weekend activities. Students must submit evidence of high ability or achievement with their applications.

internalDrive (iD Tech): STEM camps for kids ages 7 to 18, held on the campuses of Emory University and Georgia Tech. Offerings include a girls-only camp for ages 10 to 15 and two-week overnight camps for teens.


Technology camp with computer programming, robotics, and digital art, offered as a day camp or overnight camp. Hosted at Mercer University’s Atlanta campus.

Appalachian Institute for Creative Learning 

This residential camp isn’t local, but it’s worth a look. Open to children ages 8-17, AICL is held each summer at Warren Wilson College, near Asheville, N.C. Campers take classes in several subjects of their choosing and enjoy camp games and activities.

Congressional Leadership Fund

A fantastic opportunity for those interested in building a resume and learning more about campaigns and politics. Flexible hours and able to work with busy schedules. Interns may earn a spot at a 2-day leadership summit in Washington, D.C. in July. Interns will be exposed to campaign strategies, voter targeting and contact methods, grassroots organizing, and discussion of current political issues. 

Contact Evan Albertson, ealbertson@theclf.org

UNG's National Cyber warrior Academy

Hosted at the Dahlonega campus at University of North Georgia. This camp is designed to inpire the next generation of cyber operations and cybersecurity professionals in the North Georgia region. The course consists of over 80 hours of instruction, including 40+ hours of hands-on lab instruction, competitions and is taught by UNG professors. Application deadline is May 20th, but applying earlier is highly encouraged. www.ung.edu/cyber/academy

Reading Skills and Speed Reading programs

Improve reading comprehension and speed. Students learn the best way to read and study textbooks and take notes. Your student will complete homework more quickly and easily and enjoy reading more!

Call the Institute of Reading Development with UGA's Center for Continuing Ed at 1-800-978-9596


Study Abroad

If you know any high school students who might make great exchange students, or who have expressed interest in learning more about other cultures, please encourage them to apply to CIEE’s CBYX program!


The 2016-2017 online application is available at http://www.usagermanyscholarship.org/apply-ciee. Students without any German language knowledge are welcome to apply. I have also attached our Quick Facts Sheet to this email, which contains information about the program and our application process. Students can check their eligibility on our CIEE website, find us on Facebook, or send an email for more information about CBYX.


Please note that all applications are due on Friday, December 4th!

Other summer internships

Advanced Learning in Cobb County has put together a list of summer opportunities. Download here! 

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