Leadership Programs/Summer Enrichment

HOBY Leadership Program
Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. Application are due in fall of your sophomore year. If selected you attend summer before junior year. 

HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY programs provide students selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences.  

Are you a high school student living in Gilbert? Students in grades 9th-12th (ages 14-18) are invited to participate in the Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee (MYAC). We need your voice to be heard in the community and YOU are part of what makes Gilbert great!

MYAC is a program that contributes to the community in many ways including Youth Town Hall, Student Government Day, and the Mayor's Youth Leadership Summit. Students are involved in many volunteer efforts throughout the community and assist the Town Council in identifying problems effecting our community and most importantly, finding solutions. 

Applications open May of 2019
Please note no more than two students will be accepted from any one high school. Students that are in the 10th and 11th grades will be given preference.

TGen Bioscience Leadership Academy
Want to know what it takes to be a leader in the world of biomedical research? TGen's Bioscience Leadership Academy is a two-week bioscience program serving 20 Arizona high school students every summer. The intensive education and leadership program focuses on elevating students' understanding of the biosciences and precision medicine. 

TGen scientists and staff share their research expertise and expose students to technical skill basics, lab shadowing, clinical trials, bioethics, experimental design, clinical application of genomic medicine and the translational process, a diversity of careers, and topics in neurological disease, cancer, diabetes, and infectious disease. 

The program also includes a leadership component focused on STEM professional skills such as science communication, public speaking, interdisciplinary and collaborative workplace skills, and networking. 

Each graduate of the program will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The online application opens up in January 

Partners in Progress
High school and college students may apply to be matched with a professional who can provide an inside-look at the student's career of interest. The Gilbert Chamber Foundation collects student applications three times each year for program cycles in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. From these applications, business professionals review and select students to mentor. After a mandatory orientation, each student and mentor can work at their own pace to accomplish between 16 and 20 hours of career shadowing within a specific time frame. All mentors and students come together for a closing reception at the end of each cycle.These links can be found on this page of our website: https://gilbertaz.com/partners-in-progress/workforce-readiness

Summer 2019 - begins on May 14, 2019 and ends on July 31, 2019. Application must be submitted by 4/15/2019.

Out of State Summer Experiences:

Stanford Summer Programs
Our programs provide pre-collegiate students (7-11 grade) from the U.S. and around the world the chance to explore their passions and dive deep into a single topic beyond what is typically taught in a school curriculum.

Duke Summer Session
We invite you to imagine yourself at Duke this summer if you are:seeking to gain academic credit from renowned Duke faculty or interested in engaging deeply with a particular subject.hoping to spend your summer enjoying residential activities on Duke’s historic West Campus.seeking to prepare for college and to create an international network of peers.

Yale Young Global Scholars Program
An official Yale University program, participants in the YYGSP for outstanding high school students can expect an amazing summer experience studying in beautiful campus lecture halls and classrooms, living in Yale's historic residential colleges, eating in award winning dining halls, meeting talented community of fellow students, engaging with world renowned professors, and interacting with extraordinary visiting practitioners. 

Notre Dame Summer Enrichment Programs
Notre Dame Leadership Seminars explore topics affecting the global community. The courses are centered around vibrant discussion and a robust exchange of ideas. This creates a context in which students are encouraged to examine their own conclusions and hone their own leadership capacities by improving their communications and analytical skills.

Career Explorations in Architeture, STEM, Women's Leadership, Humanaities
Career Explorations offers students a short, intensive and engaging introduction to architecture. As high schoolers consider careers, they may not yet have been exposed to the unique blend of visual orientation, creative process, academic investigation and professional training that forms an architectural education. Students will spend three weeks exploring the ideas, methods, and issues of architecture with Tulane professors and local practicing architects. Lectures, studio time, digital workshops, field trips, discussions, and critiques will be supplemented by regular design exercises to be completed outside class time. 


West Point Summer Leadership Experience
The Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) application is open for high school juniors. SLE is highly competitive - there are normally 6,000 applicants and 1,000 attendees. SLE gives high school juniors a week to experience life as a cadet to inform their college selection decision. SLE is a fast-paced program of academic classes, military training, physical fitness training and intramural athletics conducted during the month of June each year. You must have standardized test scores to be considered.

US Air Force Academy
Summer Seminar at the United States Air Force Academy offers a unique opportunity to get the Academy experience first-hand. Specially designed for high school juniors heading into their senior year, Summer Seminar is a recruiting program that allows participants to see themselves as a USAFA cadet.

US Naval Academy Summer Seminar
The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school. Summer Seminar teaches you about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation's leaders. If you think that you may be interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the nation's service academies and serving your country as an officer, you should seriously consider attending the Naval Academy's Summer Seminar.

In-state Summer Experiences:

Dignity Health/MercyGilbert Summer Volunteen Program
If you are a student between the ages of 14 and 18 years old, you invited to apply for our Summer Volunteen program. The Summer Volunteen program at Chandler Regional Medical Center offers an in-depth learning and leadership opportunity for teens interested in the health care industry. Many of our teens find the experience invaluable and enjoy making a positive impact on our patient, staff, and visitors.

U of A Business Careers Awareness Program
EY has teamed with the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management Accounting Department and the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship to provide students who are underrepresented in undergraduate accounting classes with an opportunity to explore the accounting field and become involved in the Eller Community. Participants will leave BCAP a successful candidate for the accounting industry.

Summer Scrubs U of A
Summer Scrubs (formerly Med-Start Phoenix) is a summer program organized by the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. This program is designed to encourage and inspire Arizona high school students to explore their existing interest in health care professions. Each Summer Scrubs session includes hands-on activities, field trips, simulation and related lab experiences and lectures from medical students, faculty and community members. Scrub in this summer at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix!

U of A Summer Engineering Academy
Summer Engineering Academy is a week-long residential camp held on the The University of Arizona campus. Session I is open to students who will enter grades 9 and 10 in the upcoming fall. Sessions II and III are open to students in grades 11 and 12

 NAU Academic Summer Programs
These programs are great opportunities to network with professionals, academics and other students, socialize with students from across the region, see new places, gain knowledge and experience regarding college and careers, and even get college and high school credits (depending on program and courses taken). Click on the following links or use one of the search engines at the end of this page to learn about additional programs. Remember, each program has different eligibility requirements, costs, program dates, application deadlines and capacities so check them out early enough to ensure you have adequate time to apply.


The Summer Health Institute @ ASU is for students who are currently in the 11th grade that have indicated an interest in health/health care and ASU. SHI is for students who will be in 12th grade next year/plan to graduate May or June 2017. 

Cesar Chavez Leadership Institute
This is a leadership development week held at ASU June. Students live on campus in dorms, attend workshops, become involved in a community service project, and attend recreational activities. This program is free to selected participants. Applications available online at the link above. 

ASU-Joaquin Bustoz Math-Science Honors Program Scholarship
ASU pays all expenses for a 6 or 8 week summer session for university-level mathematics courses for college credit. Students will reside on the ASU Tempe campus. This opportunity is for mature Junior students. Eighty students are selected by ASU to participate in the Summer 2017 program. 



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