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.

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.  See more at http://www.hoby.org/


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 can be submitted here no later than August 18, 2017.  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.

Click here for more information. The online application opens up on January of 2018

Summer Leadership Opportunities

 Dignity Health/Mercy Gilbert 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.


 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.

 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. 


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 for SLE.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AufEHfDMCGw&feature=youtu.be

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. http://globalscholars.yale.edu/

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.

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



Ag Discovery is an outreach program to help teenagers learn about careers in plant and animal science and wildlife management. The program allows students to live on a college campus and learn about agriculture from university professors and scientists who work for the U.S. government in a variety of fields.


 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

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.

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. 

The SHI website, video, and application can be found here


Additional ASU Summer Programs  Grades 9-12 


ASU Summer Collegiate Academy


ASU Summer Collegiate Program 




So You Want to Study Dance in College? An Introduction to Dance on Campus:This program is geared towards high school students who are considering studying dance in college. Students will take classes that are offered in ASU’s dance program while also learning about habits that contribute to a successful college experience. Classes will be taught by ASU dance faculty and teaching assistants on the ASU Tempe Campus. It is a great way to learn about the benefits and realities of studying dance in college.

ASU Summer Performing Arts & Cinema Experience (SPACE): ASU-SPACE is a ten-day performing arts and media program for high school sophomores and juniors. Guided by faculty and student mentors, participants will be introduced to the facilities and resources of ASU’s School of Film, Dance and Theatre, and given the opportunity to create an evening of original performance and media in conjunction with a guest artist/mentor.

ASU School of Art Summer Sessions: ASU School of Art offers summer sessions focused on four of our seven studio disciplines of fine art: ceramics, fibers, intermedia, painting/drawing, printmaking, photography or sculpture. The summer sessions are designed to give participants an immersion experience. The summer sessions will conclude with an exhibition of student works in Gallery 100 on ASU Tempe campus.

Summer Transportation Institute: Are you a high school student interested in learning more about engineers and the ways in which they impact our world and society? The Summer Transportation Institute will engage you in projects and field trips that demonstrate how all types of engineers (from aerospace to software) plan and maintain our systems of transportation around the state of Arizona. Spend five nights and six days living on the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus and learn how all types of engineers (from aerospace to software) plan and maintain our systems of transportation around the state of Arizona. This program is funded by the National Summer Transportation Institute and is FREE of charge to participants. Meals and on-campus housing are included in the program. For more information contact Jen Velezengineeringoutreach@asu.edu.

STEM101, 201, or 301 – STEM is geared towards 9th-12th grade students in high school and focuses on the use and understanding of the engineering design process and careers related to these fields. Hands-on activities and engineering principles of design will be used to engage students throughout the day. For more information contact Jen Velez at engineeringoutreach@asu.edu.

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