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.

Account Careers Awareness Program

ACAP introduces high school students to accounting and related business fields through a free, four-day campus residency program that will explore the industry through workshops, group activities, and site visits to area businesses.  Participants meet local business professionals who share their personal experiences and offer tips for success.  No matter what career participants pursue, success in the workplace requires managing money and resources intelligently, applying critical thinking skills, communicating effectively, and maintaining high standards of professional ethics, skills ACAP addresses.

June 22-26, 2015 / Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors / Free to participants

Location - UofL Belknap campus

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

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 7 - June 13, 2015/ cost-$175 (Some scholarships are available.  Only 32 students can be accepted).

Location - Brandeis School of Law

For more information contact: Kate Lindsay, 502-583-5314

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 grade African American girls/Program dates: June 8 - June 26, Monday - Friday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 27 at 11:00 AM/ UofL Belknap Campus, MITC 201/FREE.

Applications for participants are due May 29, 2015.

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

Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium Summer Camps


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 15-19/ June 22-26/ August 3-7, 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.

July 13-17, 2015 (Kids entering grades 7-9)

July 27-31, 2015 (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.

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

McConnell Center's Young Leaders Academy


The McConnell Center's Young Leaders Academy is a summer residential leadership conference open to high school students interested in developing their leadership skills and understanding of American history.  This year's theme will explore "Civil Disobedience: The Impact of Protest in U.S. History".

Participants will take part in a series of seminars, discussions, team-building activities and structured socials to Louisville landmarks during their four-day stay.  Sessions will be led by faculty from the University of Louisville and other area institutions and will be conducted at or near an entry-level college experience.

Each participant will receive a YLA scholarship that includes FREE lodging at UofL, meals, and all conference materials.

Dates of camps: June 14-17, 2015/Kentucky high school students grades 9-12/McConnell Center, University of Louisville

For more information contact: Benjamin Gies, 502-852-3947

College of Arts and Sciences Youth Engagement Summer Camp

*NEW FOR 2015

The Youth Engagement camp is designed to engage youth (grades 1-12) to scholarship and best practices concerning inclusiveness and equity, with the purpose of cultivating social justice leadership skills among youth.  Participants will engage in various activities surrounding social justice issues, STEM, arts, music, and sustainability.

June 8 - 12 (High School students)

June 15-19 (Middle School students)

June 22-26 (Elementary school students)

Each camp will run from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  20 students from each level will be accepted into the pilot program.

For more information contact: Marian Vasser, 502-852-2252

Hear Camp


Hear camp is a great opportunity for children with hearing loss and their siblings and friends to interact with other kids with hearing loss.  This unique camp experience has become a summer staple for young children with hearing loss and their families for over a decade.  Throughout the week, the campers will play games, make crafts, and learn about hearing and hearing loss, all while making friends with children who use hearing assistive devices.  Camp is put on by the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) and is staffed by Audiology doctoral students from the University of Louisville Audiology and will be supervised by University of Louisville Audiologists.

Dates of camp: July 15-17, 2015 / Children 4-12 with hearing loss and their friends/family / $50

For more information contact: Lyndsey Ferrell, 615-306-0498

iD Tech Camp

*NEW FOR 2015

Inspired by tech-savvy instructors, campers will code apps, design video games, mod with Minecraft, and more, all while meeting friends who share their interests.

Dates of Camp: June 8 - July 18, 2015 / Ages 7-17 / UofL Shelby Campus

See website for specific course costs.

For more information contact: Anthony Price, 1-888-709-8324

Making Solar Cells with Microfabrication


The Micro/Nano Technology Center is hosting a summer camp for ages 14 and over to fabricate a solar cell in the premier $30 million cleanroom at the University of Louisville.  Students will fabricate and test a solar cell with a 4" silicon wafer.  The week will be packed full of learning the same microfabrication techniques used in the Silicon Valley to make computer chips or integrated circuits.  Additionally, everyone will learn the physics how a solar cell functions and take home their solar cell wafer at the end of camp along with wafer tweezers, cleanroom notebook, and shirt.  This camp offers a day camp option and a residential camp option.

Dates of Day Camp June 22-25, 2015 / Shumaker Research Building/ Hours 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM/ $795

Dates of Residential Camp July 13-17, 2015 / Shumaker Research Building/ Students will stay on campus, enjoy after hours activities, and meals are included/$1,595

For more information contact: Julia Aebersold, Ph.D. 502-852-1572

Jamey Aebersold's Summer Jazz Workshops


An intensive learning experience for musicians of all ages and levels.  Theory Classes, Ear Training, Combo Performance, and Master Class sessions allow you the opportunity to grow and develop to your fullest potential.  We welcome all instruments, including rhythm section, strings and vocalists and ALL levels - from novice to pro!

Dates of Camp: June 28 - July 3/ July 5-10, 2015/ All ages, instruments, and abilities/ $595

For more information contact: Jason Lindsey, 812-944-8141

Suzuki Summer String Institute 2015


This year marks the 51st Suzuki Summer String Institute at the University of Louisville.  This is for Violin, Viola, Cello, and this year adding Bass and Guitar.

Dates of camp: June 14-19, 2015 / Suzuki String and Advanced String Players / UofL School of Music/ Cost varies according to program

For more information contact Blaise Poth, 502-852-0537

Louisville Kid Studies


Looking for something fun and educational to do this summer?  Participate in child development research at UofL.  Studies are available for children up to age 12.

Free - children receive prizes and families may receive compensation.

For more information contact Judith Danovitch, 852-0718

Other Resources

J.B. Speed School of Engineering

UofL Sports Camps

School of Music

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.