Volunteer & Summer Opportunities

Maximize Your Summer!

Check out some great ways to maximize your summer below. You can find more ideas at The College Board's website, as well.  

A+ Tutoring

All Park Hill South students should consider pursuing the A+ Scholarship. Part of the requirements for the scholarship involves tutoring/community service. For more information about the requirements, including the tutoring/community service opportunities, click here

Americorps National Civilian Community Corps

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a residential team-based national service program for young Americans ages 18-24. The program is funded by and managed through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). NCCC Corps members sign up for 10 months of national service. Each member receives transportation at the beginning and end of the year to one of the five NCCC Campuses (Denver, Sacramento, Vinton (IA), Vicksburg (MS), Baltimore) where he or she goes through the Corps Member Training Institute. Upon completion of training, Corps Members are assigned to a team of 8-12 members who spend the next nine months together serving in a variety of service projects across the country. The traditional NCCC track works with non-profit and independent service partners to complete service projects in areas such as environmental protection, education, public health, etc. The FEMA Corps track works exclusively through a project with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to complete service projects pertaining to disaster response, recovery, and preparedness. Click here to learn more about this program, including its application requirements and deadlines. 

Study Abroad 

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AFS Intercultural Programs USA


High School Summer Abroad: Our Leadership Academy has been re-vamped is now called High School Summer Abroad, and many locations have been added, for a total of 16 destinations now available!  This program is 3-4 weeks in length, and Freshman-Seniors are eligible to enroll, with beginner to fluent language levels.  Each location has a unique focus, which will be based in language & cultural immersion, service & leadership, and content studies.  Our summer program website may be found at: http://www.ciee.org/high-school-summer-abroad/

IES Study Abroad 

SPI Study Abroad 

Summer Opportunities

Mid-March Deadline: Summer Program for Aspiring Designers -  at UMKC. 

Kansas City Design Discovery is a 4 day program for high school students interested in the design professions of: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture/Product Design, and Urban Planning and Design.  If you are considering studies in one of these design fields, this is your opportunity to find out more about what college might be like, as well as learning some great design fundamentals and design history.  We'll also cover how to prepare for college now, what to look for in a collegiate design program, and more about the design program at UMKC and the unique partnership with Kansas State University.  Find out more info at UMKC Design Discover Program.

March 1 (or later) Deadline - Stanford University - High School Summer College

Students ages 16-19 choose from more than 145 college courses in 30 academic departments, earning Stanford undergraduate course credit and an official Stanford University transcript.  Students in the residential, commuting, and online Summer College programs create their own course schedules and experience what life is like as undergraduate students at Stanford. Click here for more information.

Deadline Soon: 

Missouri University of Science and Technology

offers a variety of summer enrichment programs, camps and other activities for students from 1st – 12th grades. These programs are for  students who are motivated and who would like to prepare for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) based careers. Missouri S&T summer programs provide an interesting and entertaining way for students to learn about the opportunities that lay ahead. Visit the website, http://summer.mst.edu/, to review the most current information on these and other programs.

April 24 Deadline - Indiana University- Kelly School of Business

The Business is Global program is a 2-week summer opportunity for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in experiencing the intersection of business, language & culture.  Contact your counselor if you are interested.

April 24, final Deadline - Penn Engineering Summer Academy Business

Penn Engineering offers a unique program for a selective group of high school students (rising 10th-12th graders) to experience rigorous and challenging college-level coursework. Our 3-week program combines sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting-edge technologies.  Students can earn college credit in one of six programs, Biotechnology, Computer Graphics, Computer Science, Complex Networks, Nanotechnology and Robotics. Check out the website for more information and application.

April 24 - UMKC Summer Scholars Program
The Summer Scholars Program gives you the opportunity to learn more about a career in health care. From gaining additional knowledge in the basic sciences to experiencing clinical rotations, you will spend three weeks investigating health care as a profession. In Summer Scholars, high school students learn about the health professions in hospitals, clinics and other resources on Hospital Hill, including Truman Medical Center, the Kansas City Missouri Health Department, Children’s Mercy, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. Choosing a career in health care is a big investment and the Summer Scholars Program will assist you in determining whether or not it is the right choice for you. The deadline to apply is April 24. Find the application and more information here

April 28 -Hospital Summer Youth Volunteers

- North Kansas City Hospital is now accepting applications for its Summer Youth Volunteer Program.  Students ages 14-18 who are interested in volunteering with the hospital should submit an online application by Friday, April 28.  The summer program runs June–August and requires a minimum of 25 volunteer hours. Shifts are available Monday–Thursday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.  Volunteer opportunities are available in Cardiac Rehab, Central Services, Children’s Learning Center, Emergency Department, Nursing Units, Print Shop, Pharmacy and other areas. Placement is based on interest, age and availability. Apply online at nkch.org/Youth.

May 1 Deadline - Smith College- Summer Precollege Programs for High School Girls

Summer Precollege Programs at Smith College offer intellectually stimulating and unique opportunities for high school girls who wish to pursue their academic interest in the classroom and beyond.  Programs include Science & Engineering, Writing, History, Sustainability & Applying to College.  Important deadlines begin March 1st.  Visit their website for more information. 

July 25 Deadline - Boston University Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop for High School Students   - 

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting is a nonprofit news organization affiliated with Boston University whose mission is to hold the powerful accountable and to train a new generation of investigative reporters– Final Deadline July 25, 2016.


Our summer investigative reporting workshop for high school studentsis a two-week intensive journalism camp where high school students from around the the world engage in hands-on investigative reporting seminars taught by industry professionals. Students work individually and collaboratively while participating in an active student community and living on campus at either Boston University or Boston College.

 Our alumni go on to study journalism and related fields at some of the country's best colleges, and often discover a passion for investigative reporting that informs their career. 
Here's the program websitehttp://studentprograms.necir.org/

Here's a blog our students and staff kept last summerhttps://investigate2015c.wordpress.com/

 Space is limited, as is financial aid, so please get in touch or encourage your students to do so soon!

Rolling Deadline - Oxford Summer Seminar -  Corpus Christi College, Oxford University

This Seminar provides students grades 10-12 with the opportunity to immerse themselves in subjects that fascinate them and to brush up on the skills required for university applications, all under the guidance of experts from Oxford University.  Students choose one of the Majors which meet every morning for three hours.  Student rotate through their choice of five classes as a Minor course, which meets every afternoon for two hours.
    -Business                    -History's Secrets
    -Creative Writing          -International Relations
    -Critical Thinking          -Law
    -Economics                  -Medicine
    -English Literature        -Politics
    -Genetics                    -Psychology
Students are accepted on a first come, first served basis until the programs are full. Click here For more information or to apply. 

May 5 Deadline - Investigative Summer Science - Newman University

This program is designed to enhance enthusiasm and interest of current high school sophomores, juniors & seniors in the sciences and motivate them through exploration and testing of ideas for careers in the sciences. In an effort to teach critical thinking and analytical skills, this program seeks to reveal the value and significance of the scientific method in the classroom, in a career and in everyday life.
Students can apply here online and complete a 200-word essay about why they think they would be a good candidate for the program.

May 12 Deadline - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, High School Workshops

Career Explorations-Architecture, Interior Design & Landscape Architecture  June 4-10, 2017. This workshop, developed for high school students at all levels, provides a unique experience to investigate issues surrounding design and learn more about the design professions.
Discover Landscape Architecture, June 11-16, 2017. 
This workshop provides high school students with a unique experience to explore and discover the design profession of Landscape Architecture.

This program costs $585 per participant and is designed for high school juniors and seniors.  Each applicant must complete the online application, provide two references and submit a 500-word essay which describes why you are interested in architecture, landscape and/or interior design and why you wish to attend the workshop.  Please be specific.

Rolling Deadline - Duke University Summer Programs

We are accepting applications starting TODAY for your unforgettable summer at Duke University!  We invite you to Duke Summer College for High School Students (grades 10 & 11) to earn academic credit or Duke Summer Academy for High School Students (grades 9-12) to enroll in personal enrichment courses with a global perspective.  Make friends from all over the world as you learn in a classroom environment that is intimate enough to gain the individual attention you need to thrive. Below is just a sample of some of the Science-related courses offered: 
Love and Hate Between Humans and Micro-Organisms
The 3-D Genome and Human Disease
Mathematics of the Universe
Sensory Biology: Sight, Smell, Taste, Touch, Sound and Beyond
Introduction to Evolutionary Anthropology
The Ecology of Urban Environments
Introductory Seminar on Big Questions in Physics
The Hard Truth of Evolution

Click the link above for a full list of courses. 

We encourage you to apply online today as spaces fill quickly!