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Leadership and Summer Programs 






Leadership & Summer Programs

--Programs are listed in order in which they are received--





Alabama Boys State:  The American Legion believes there is no better way to assure the survival of our republic than to train our young people in the ideals and objectives of American government.  The purpose of Boys State is to educate our youth in the duties and privileges of American citizenship. This year’s Boys State will be held at The University of Alabama May 27 – June 2, 2018.  If you are a current junior boy interested in being nominated for this program, see Mr. Prater in College & Career no later than April 27, 2018.  Space is limited. 

Alabama Girls State:  The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program, first presented in the late 1930s, is designed to develop Leadership and pride in American citizens, and a greater understanding of American traditions. This year’s Girls State will be held at the University of Alabama June 10 – 15, 2018.  The ideal delegate will have an interest in government and current events, high moral character, strong leadership ability, and above average scholastic standing.  Delegate must also be a legal citizen of the state of Alabama.  If you are a current junior girl interested in being nominated for this program, see Mr. Prater in College & Career no later than April 27, 2018.  Space is limited.

Naval Academy 2018 Summer STEM Program: STEM Program attendees participate in project-based modules, hands-on design activities, and engage in topics such as: energy and light, infrastructure, transportation and cybersecurity, simulation and modeling, flight and fluids, biometrics and robotics, and automation. Tuition is $550, with a limited number of need-based scholarships available. The first session is June 4 – 9 for rising 9th graders. The second session is June 11 – 16 for rising 10th graders. The third session is June 18 – 22 for rising 11th graders. Selection is based on student accomplishments inside and outside the classroom and is very competitive. Apply here early. Applicants will be notified of their status by May 1st.

Naval Academy 2018 Summer Seminar: Summer Seminar introduces you to life at the Academy, where you will experience first-class academic, athletic, and professional training at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. There are three session dates: June 2 – 7, June 9 – 14, June 16 – 21. Current juniors with superior academic performance that have demonstrated achievement in athletics and extracurricular activities, and are physically fit and in good health with normal vision are invited to apply. Tuition is $525 and includes room and board plus meals and all clothing to be worn. Summer Seminar is a highly competitive program with limited space. Interested students should apply here. Students will be notified of their status by April 15.

Jefferson County Teen Court: Funded by Junior League of Birmingham, Bessemer Junior Service League, Jefferson County Family Court, and private donations, and directed by Cumberland School of Law’s Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education. The mission of Jefferson County Teen Court is to constructively allow first time offenders to take responsibility, be held accountable, and make restitution for violating the law through a peer operated sentencing hearing. Teen Court is a diversion program based upon the concept that a youthful offender is less likely to offend again if he or she must appear before a jury of peers. Teen Court is held at the Birmingham Division on the first Tuesday evening and Bessemer Division the first Thursday evening of each month during the academic school year. Students in grades 8-12 interested in volunteering must be in good academic standing. A completed application and teacher recommendation must be received no later than May 1st. Selected teens will interview with Teen Court staff. Teens who are selected must attend a two-day training before serving as a volunteer. Application and more information can be found online.

UAB College of Arts and Sciences Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop: The Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop is a three-week day camp for rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors to be held June 4 – 22, 2018 at the Spencer Honors House on the UAB campus. Students will work with nationally recognized writers in small workshops and individual conferences in poetry, fiction, and other genres. The program is limited to 30 students, selected on the bases of submitted work. Scholarships are available to support students with financial need. Students may also elect to receive one hour of college course credit for their work. For more information, visit their website. Deadline for first consideration is April 15, 2018 so apply early.

The Bell Center Youth Alliance: The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs is dedicated to maximizing the potential of children from birth to three years of age who are at risk for developmental delay. The Bell Center recognizes the value that high school students bring to the non-profit community. This group is comprised of intellectual, innovative, and energetic sophomore, junior, and senior high school students. Applications can be found online, or you may pick up a hard copy in College & Career. Deadline is April 16, 2018.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama Student Leadership Council: The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama Student Leadership Council (SLC) is a group of young men and women committed to promoting volunteerism by serving the families residing at Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham. Membership is open to rising juniors and seniors who demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to helping the families who come to Birmingham seeking medical care for their critically ill children. In addition to the online application, students are required to have two teacher recommendation letters. Once all materials are received, attendance at an SLC orientation is mandatory to be granted an interview.   For a list of requirements, information on various activities and fundraisers, and to apply, visit their website. Deadline to apply is April 27, 2018.

Apex Leadership Summit at The University of Mississippi – The 10th AnnualApex Leadership Summit at Ole Miss will be offered in three sessions, June 10 – 13, June 24 – 27, and July 8 – 11, 2018. Current juniors/Class of 2019 will experience a program packed with leadership development, team building, and sessions covering ethics and social responsibility, problem-solving, developing a leadership resume, and community outreach. Ole Miss staff and student leaders will supervise team-building sessions. Students will also participate in the Rebel Challenge Ropes Course, and informational meetings with various academic programs. Selection to this program is on a competitive basis. Need-based assistance is available for those that qualify. Deadline is March 30th during Spring Break. See Mr. Prater in College & Career no later than March 21st if interested.

Anytown Alabama – Anytown Alabama is a social justice leadership camp for high school students. Student delegates engage in typical summer camp activities while developing leadership skills that they take back to their schools and communities. A component of YWCA Birmingham, Anywhere Alabama will be held June 3 – 9, 2018 at Camp Hargis. The fee for Anytown Alabama is $400, but students will not be prevented from attending Anytown because of their inability to pay. Scholarships are available for delegates who need financial assistance. For an application, and for more information, visit their website. Late application deadline through April 14th, with acceptance being considered based on space available.

Minority Youth Science Academy at Samford University – The Minority Youth Science Academy at Samford University is a four-day residential program offering college preparation and mentoring for outstanding minority high school students who aspire to careers in the sciences. This year’s science academy will be held June 17– 20, 2018. A limited number of rising 10th – 12th grade students will enjoy hands-on experiments in the sciences, social activities, college application counseling, networking and mentoring, and take part in a Q & A with minority scientists and college science students. Program fee of $350 includes tuition, room, meals, materials, and activities. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. For more information and to register, visit their website. Space is limited. Register before June 1 to ensure participation.

Furman University Summer Scholars – An opportunity for rising juniors and seniors to participate in classes led by some of Furman’s favorite professors. Live on campus, and get a taste of college life. Challenge your mind, make new friends, and have fun while taking part in lectures, discussions, debates, laboratory research, group and individual projects, and field trips. There are two sessions, July 8 – 14 and July 15 – 21, 2018. For more information and to register, visit their website. Application deadline is May 1, 2018.

Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ALSAMP) Program at UAB: Seniors - This special opportunity offered by the National Science Foundation to high-achieving, underrepresented minority high school seniors who plan to attend The University of Alabama at Birmingham in the fall of 2018 and plan to major in either science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). June 1 – August 10, 2018 Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and a minimum 20 ACT composite score. For more information and to receive an application, see Ms. Gilmore in College & Career. Deadline to apply is April 20, 2018.