Summer Youth Opportunities

Below are examples of the types of summer youth opportunities provided by or in conjunction with UofL.  This list is provided as a service to the community and is not to be considered an exhaustive list.  Please check this page regularly as more summer programs are added.  (2014 OPPORTUNITIES will be posted by mid-April).

Brown Forman INSPIRE Summer Enrichment Program

INSPIRE is a summer program designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to participate in activities related to basic engineering skills in a college environment.  The program targets students historically under-represented in engineering, but it is open to all.

Louisville area High School Students/ June 11-28/ 9:30am-noon/ free

Location - University of Louisville, J.B. Speed School of Engineering

For more information contact: Prof. Brenda Hart, 502-852-0440

Accounting Careers Awareness Program

Residential program for minority HS students to learn about business career opportunities

Minority High School Students/ June 4-8/ free

Location - University of Louisville

For more information contact: Julia Karcher, 502-852-4821

Future Scholars Program

An academic enrichment experience for local African American high school students sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. For each participant, the Summer Program is structured around a research project supervised by a University faculty mentor and a research/writing class (at the Writing Center) in which students learn to use college-level research methods and appropriate technological aids. Under the supervision of their mentors, participants present their research at a closing ceremony.

Rising African American High-School Juniors/ Monday, July 9 - Friday July 27, 2012/ 10am-4pm/ Presentation of participants' final project is the evening on Friday, July 27th/ free but lunch not included

Location - University of Louisville, Belknap Campus

For more information contact: Tomarra Adams, 502-852-3077

Summer Law Institute

A seven-day residential program for high school students interested in the law and the legal profession. Students will learn the fundamentals of trial procedure, discuss important legal and social issues, and study how the law affects their lives. This program provides an opportunity to meet and interact with local lawyers, judges, and law professors. Throughout the week, students will be participating in workshops and mock trial practice at the Brandeis School of Law, traveling to the Jefferson County Judicial Center for trial observation and a tour, and visiting Bellarmine’s campus for additional trial preparation. The camp concludes with a mock trial on Saturday.

High School Students/ June 10th- June 16th, 2012/ cost-$150

Location - Brandeis School of Law

For more information contact: Kate Lindsay, 502-292-6729

The E.S.S.E.N.C.E. Program

The purpose of the E.S.S.E.N.C.E. Program is to create an opportunity for young women of color to intentionally participate in activities and relationships that work to improve on who they are. This involves discussions, workshops, field trips, and service projects that relate to building a positive self-esteem, cultural identification, leadership abilities, and strengthening academic skills and goals.

8th-9th grade African American women/ Monday, June 10- Friday, June 28, 2013/ 10am-4pm/ There is required closing ceremony on Friday, June 28, 6-8pm/ Free (lunch not included)

Location - University of Louisville

For more information contact: Karla Morton, 852-3123

Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium Summer Camps

*UPDATED FOR 2014

Space Adventure Camp: Leads kids on a warp-speed exploration of our universe.  Campers plunge into astronaut training activities, create comets, launch rockets, build telescopes and much, much more in this engaging, hands-on camp.

June 23-27 and July 14-18, Kids entering 2nd - 4th Grade

Cost: $150 Planetarium Member/$180 UofL Affiliate (with valid ID)/$200 non-members

Space Engineering Camp: Curiosityand a love of space propel campers through this week-long exploration of our relationship with the universe.  Kids use technology to probe and experiment while creating science projects that fuel their desire to learn.

June 16-20, (Kids entering grades 7-9)

July 28 - August 1, (Kids entering grades 5th - 6th)

**The camp for kids entering 7th - 9th grade is significantly different from the camp offered to kids entering 5th - 6th grade.

Cost: $150 Planetarium Member/$180 UofL Affiliate (with valid ID)/$200 non-members

Location for all camps - Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium, UofL Belknap Campus

For more information contact: Kim Whitehead, 502-852-6665

Dance Camp

A dance experience for 6-8 year olds that includes creative movement, ballet, ballet videos and crafts.

Kids 5 to 8 yr olds/ June 10-14, 2013/ $150

Location - Dance Academy, School of Music, Belknap Campus

For more information contact: Judith Hake, 502-852-6878

A Measure of Engineering

Focus on measurement, geometry, scales, ratios, visualization and orthographic projection.  Students will use engineering drawings and measurement to participate in hands-on activities.

6th, 7th & 8th Graders/ June 24 - 28, 2013/ $150 per student

Location - Duthie Center for Engineering,  JB Speed School of Engineering

For more information contact: Gary Rivoli, 502-852-7129

LEGO Aquabotics

Students who have participated in land-based robotics projects (not required) will explore the complexities of the underwater environment while presented with unique demands.  They will design and construct an aquabot, design a controller, and create a program to attempt various challenges.

6th, 7th, & 8th graders/July 29-August 2, 2013/$150 per student

Location  - Duthie Center for Engineering, JB Speed School of Engineering

For more information contact: Gary Rivoli, 502-852-7129

LEGO Aquabotics for Girls

Designed for girls who have participated in land-based robotics projects (not required), the complexities of the underwater environment present unique demands.  They will design and construct an aquabot, design a controller, and create a program to attempt various challenges.

6th, 7th & 8th graders/July 22-26, 2013/$150 per students

For more information contact: Gary Rivoli, 502-852-7129

McConnell Center's Young Leaders Academy

* UPDATED FOR 2014

Kentucky students, grades 9-12, are eligible to apply for the Young Leaders Academy, a summer residential leadership conference at the University of Louisville.  The McConnell Center offers this annual program to outstanding high school students to help hone their leadership skills and further their understanding of American history.  The theme for this year's conference, "Democracy in America," will explore Alexis de Tocqueville's popular 1835 book of the same name and consider the future opportunities and threats to United States governance.  Each participant will receive a scholarship for the Young Leaders Academy that includes free lodging, meals and all conference materials.  Applications are due May 15th.

Dates of camps: June 18-21, 2014/Kentucky high school students grades 9-12/McConnell Center, University of Louisville/FREE

For more information contact: Trisha Vaughn, 502-852-8811

Wind Band Institute

*NEW FOR 2014

The University Band Department hosts elite high school musicians and pre-collegiates for an intensive musicianship development opportunity.  This advanced camp is in residence at UofL.  For younger musicians, there is a Middle School Wind Band Institute that functions as a day camp.  The grand finale concert, free and open to the public, will be on Saturday, June 14 at 7PM in Comstock Concert Hall.

Dates of camps: June 10 - 14, 2014/University of Louisville School of Music/Price varies for participants depending on ability level

Target audience is middle and high school student musicians - woodwind, brass and percussion

For more information contact: Frederick Speck , 502-852-5495

Other Resources

UofL Sports Camps

School of Music

Summer Camp Guide provided by The Courier-Journal

Junior Achievement Summer Camps

If your unit/department offers a summer enrichment program that is open to the general public and would like to be included in this listing, please fill out the Summer Youth Opportunity Form.