There are a few due dates that are approaching for external opportunities & program scholarships.  Please read carefully and make note so you don't miss any deadlines.  Best of luck!

For more information on these and other opportunities, contact Mrs. Lesli Thompson, 202-248-3030,

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) STEM Academy

The APL STEM Academy is now accepting applications for our summer rotation. Go to and apply today. Classes will run from July 9th to August 16th and are held in the Kossiakoff Center on APL’s campus. 

Courses are for rising 8th – 12th graders.  For more information and course descriptions, visit our website.

Youth Leadership & Communication I: 4:30 – 6:00
Cybersecurity I: 6:00 – 7:30

Design Thinking: 4:30 – 6:30
Matlab I: 4:30 – 6:30

STEM Academy courses require a $49-per-course commitment fee. Collected fees will be used for scholarships given out by the APL STEM Program Management Office. Financial assistance is available.

To learn more about APL’s STEM Academy, view the STEM Academy: Overview.

The deadline for applying is June 15, 2018.


Free Summer Camp Opportunity

Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. It is the largest national organization dedicated to this unique population – supporting children with innovative, fun-filled programs that foster a lasting community.

Kesem provides training, support and leadership development to more than 4,500 passionate college student leaders from coast-to-coast who volunteer year-round to create, manage and run Camp Kesem’s life-changing programs in their communities.

There are currently four Camp Kesem chapters in the DC area, based out of George Mason University, the George Washington University, Howard University, and the University of Maryland. Each chapter will host a free week of camp this summer in August and there are spots available.

Contact Zachary Snelling, Regional Program Director for the Mid-Atlantic, or (925) 433-3035 to sign-up or get more information.

Blues Alley Jazz Society Summer Jazz Camp

The Blues Alley Jazz Society organizes and runs a two-week summer jazz camp designed and instructed by a select team of faculty, staffed by the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra* teachers.  This summer jazz camp serves as a rigorous summer training opportunity for up to 50 of the most dedicated jazz students who are entering grades 8-12.  Student can sign up online here and participate in one of the two big bands, multiple performing small combos, daily master classes, as we as experiential instruction in aesthetics, culture, history, performance practice, and pedagogy. 

The camp will take place at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, 555 Water Street SW, July 9th - 20th from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Tuition costs $500 and there is tuition assistance available.  In order to participate the students should have at least two years of instruction and their own instrument.  Students should be able to perform scales and two songs, details on the website

For questions, contact Michael Bowie, Music Director, at or 202-251-0536 and Christiana Drapkin, Program Coordinator, at or 917-693-4428.


If you are interested in any of the summer camps below, please apply by completing a brief registration form online using the following link -  The cost to attend is FREE, but space is limited to 50 rising 11th graders for each camp.  Please email Mrs. Thompson ( if you apply so she can communicate the names of SEED DC applicants to CTS as the organization.

The College Access Collaborative will host three overnight visit opportunities in partnership with the below listed colleges for rising 11th graders this summer:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Camp, June 18-19: Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences combine the liberal arts’ passion for exploration with a sense of civic engagement and the technology of a top research university. Our programs in the arts, humanities, and human and social sciences prepare students to lead in the 21st century with a global perspective. Students participating in the summer program are exposed to academic majors through experiential and hands-on learning. The program includes a range of activities such as innovative workshops, discussion groups, and presentations. With its unique interdisciplinary coursework, this program is an excellent introduction to college life.  
  • College of Science Camp, June 21-22: Virginia Tech College of Science students, faculty, and staff discover, understand, and apply fundamental scientific principles. Focused on societal impact and scientific significance, they pursue questions beyond the boundaries of traditional disciplines and established knowledge to promote healthy people, strong communities, and a sustainable planet. Our College includes the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, Academy of Integrated Science, and the School of Neuroscience.  
  •  College of Architecture and Urban Studies, August 2-3: Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked College of Architecture and Urban Studies is an educational leader in designing human-centered solutions to global challenges. Through interdisciplinary exploration, industry collaboration, community outreach, research, scholarship, and the graduates we produce, CAUS answers the call for smart, sustainable design, construction, and policy. With an enrollment of 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students from over 30 countries, the college houses four schools: the School of Architecture + Design; the School of Public and International Affairs; the Myers-Lawson School of Construction; and the School of the Visual Arts. CAUS students invent creative, sustainable solutions to global problems, working directly with faculty, community, and industry partners.

DC Health Exploration for Aspiring Leaders (DC HEAL)

Learn more about different professions, connect with healthcare students, and have fun!  DC HEAL is for rising high school sophomores, juniors, seniors, and recent high school graduates. 

Reserve your spot by emailing

When: Friday, June 29th, 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Where: GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Ross Hall (Foggy Bottom)

*Lunch provided*

She Rocks the Hill

By girls, for girls, this experience will inspire you to stand up and speak up for what you believe in.

The moment you've been waiting for is here!  You probably heard that we've re-imagined the Virginia Girls' Summit into a series of events.  Now it's time to joins us as She Rocks the World takes Capitol Hill!

Join us on July 17th for She Rocks The Hill, a one-day event where you will connect with 7th-12th grade girls from across the area and hear from women who are using their voice in our Nation's Capitol.


Registration is free, but we encourage you to register early as space is limited.*

We believe when you see it, you can be it.  Discover how this bipartisan group of legislators, staffers, journalists, and more have navigated a male-dominated environment, used their voices, and stood up for what they believe in.

Similar to the Virginia Girls' Summit, the program is designed by the current class of ambassadors and will leave you inspired to make a difference, whether it's by running for student government, passing a new law, or having the courage to speak up.

Learn more and register today!

stem innovation and leadership academy for high school girls

Are you interested in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM)? Rising sophomore and junior girls are invited to participate in the STEM Innovation and Leadership Academy in partnership with Exelon and UN Women - a new program designed for young women interested in STEM. This is a free, week-long, overnight-stay STEM leadership program held at the University of Maryland at College Park, where young women get to learn about STEM in fun, interactive ways, such as field trips, site visits, keynote speakers, panels of women leaders from across the city, leadership development training, and an energy challenge that will result in cool prizes.
Rising sophomore and junior high school girls who are interested should fill out the application. The program will take place from Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 to Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. OSSE will host a program overview and family orientation on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 6 p.m. at OSSE, 1050 First Street NE, DC.

2018 EmpowerSTEAM Summer Academy

The YWCA National Capital Area is excited to announce their 2018 EmpowerSTEAM Summer Academy.  A  5-week interactive thematic program,  designed to empower under-served middle/high school girls to LeadCreate and Explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) and STEM related careers.  Selections are made on a first come, first serve basis! Preference is given to returning early applicants, DC residents and YWCA NCA participants.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Youth Department at (202) 626-0700.