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.

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. Be sure to check out the Minors on Campus policyThese documents provide guidelines for appropriate protection and supervision of minors participating in University-sponsored programs, in programs operated by outside entities held in University facilities, and/or programs housed in University facilities.

Accounting Careers Awareness Program

*UPDATED FOR 2018

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. 

Application deadline: May 25, 2018

June 24 - 28, 2018 / Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors / Free to participants

Location - UofL Belknap campus

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

Design the Future

*NEW FOR 2019

Design the Future is an award winning STEM and design thinking summer program in which high school students build assistive tools for local individuals with physical disabilities.   We're launching at UofL in June 2019!

Student teams partner with local individuals with disabilities to build a product that will improve their quality of life.  Students receive over 50 hours of design and manufacturing mentorship from design and engineering experts, university student coaches, and those living with disabilities. Design the Future was created by DC Design and developed in collaboration with Stanford's Institute of Design.  Watch our video and apply at youdesignthefuture.com 

June 3 - 8/ June 10 -15/ High School Students/Scholarships available

Location - Belknap Campus, Sackett Hall, 332 Eastern Parkway

Contact: , 510-775-0392

Digital Media Academy

*NEW FOR 2016

This free two-week day camp - in which girls will learn about and play with new technologies (videos & podcasts) - is open to graduating fifth-grade girls at Lincoln, Atkinson, and Cochran elementary schools.  We hope to make it available to other schools in the future.

Location - Bingham Humanities Building, Belknap Campus

For more information contact: Andrea Olinger, 502-852-3051

Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium Summer Camps

*UPDATED FOR 2019

Space Adventure Camp: Leads kids on a warp-speed exploration of our universe.  Campers plunge into astronaut training experiences, build models, launch rockets, express their creativity in daily artistic activities, and much, much more in this engaging, hands-on camp.

June 24-28, 2019 / July 15-19, 2019 / Students entering grades 2-4/ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

Space Exploration Camp: Campers explore the world around them with scientific equipment and experiences to explain astronomical phenomena.  Space Exploration Camp targets our place in space and what it takes to explore "the great unknown."  Campers will design solutions to the problems that face future societies by exploring human interactions with space in this technology rich, and interactive camp.  Kinds end the week with testing their Mars Landers with an egg drop!

June 10-14, 2019 / July 29 - August 2, 2019/ Students entering grades 5-6/ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

Space Engineering Camp: The hostile environment of space greatly complicates the job of space engineers.  During Space Engineering Camp, kids will engage in a variety of tasks designed to model the challenges that humans encounter in their exploration of space.  This camp allows students to solve "real world" problems as humans reach for the stars.

June 17-21, 2019 / Students entering grades 7-9 / 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Cost: $150 Planetarium Members/$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

Hear Camp

*UPDATED FOR 2019

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 all while making friends with other children with hearing loss..  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: June 11-14, 2019 / Children 4-12 with hearing loss and their friends/family / $35 / Location: Home of the Innocence

For more information contact: Beth Rosen, 410-603-4462 or .

iD Tech Camp

*UPDATED FOR 2018

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 11 - July 20, 2018 / Ages 7-17 / UofL Shelby Campus

See website for specific course costs.

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

Jamey Aebersold's Summer Jazz Workshops

*UPDATED FOR 2018

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 30 - July 13, 2018/ All ages, instruments, and abilities/ $595

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

Louisville Kid Studies

*UPDATED FOR 2018

Looking for something fun and educational to do this summer?  Participate in child development research at UofL.  Studies take 1 hour or less and are available for children up to age 12.

Free - children receive prizes and families may receive compensation.

For more information contact the Louisville KID lab, 852-0718, or email:

McConnell Center's Young Leaders Academy

UPDATED FOR 2019

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 "Revisiting American Constitutionalism."

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 camp: June 19-22, 2019 / Open to Kentucky students who have completed at least one year of high school by Summer 2019 / McConnell Center, University of Louisville

For more information contact: Natalie Smith , 502.852.3947

Summer Law Institute

*UPDATED FOR 2018

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, tour the Federal Courthouse, and visit Bellarmine’s campus for additional trial preparation. The camp concludes with a mock trial on Saturday.

Application deadline: April 11, 2018

High School Students/June 10-16, 2018/ cost-$200 (Some scholarships are available.  Only 32 students can be accepted).

Location - Brandeis School of Law

For more information contact: Lea Hardwick, 502-583-5314

Social Justice Youth Summer Camp

*Updated for 2019

During this interactive experience, participants will explore best practices concerning inclusion and social justice.  This camp is designed to promote awareness and offer tools for cultivating spaces that are more inclusive and equitable for all.

Dates of camp: July 22-26, 2019 (students entering grades 4-12) /  9:00 AM - 4:30 PM / $150 per students / Apply by June 14, 2019

For more information visit: facebook.com/socialjusticesummercamp

Suzuki Summer String Institute

*UPDATED FOR 2018

This year marks the 54th Suzuki Summer String Institute at the University of Louisville.  This is for Violin, Viola, Cello, and Guitar.

Dates of camp: June 10-15, 2018 / Suzuki String and Advanced String Players / UofL School of Music/ Cost varies according to program.  Early bird registration deadline is April 1, 2018.  Registration deadline - May 1, 2018.

For more information contact Michael Hill, Institute Director, 502-852-0537 or email suzukistrings@louisville.edu.

Other Resources

J.B. Speed School of Engineering

UofL Sports Camps

School of Music

Junior Achievement Summer Camps ** Please note: UofL employees signing up their children receive a 20% discount

City of Louisville

JCPS Summer Adventures Booklet

Louisville Zoo