Summer Programs

Summer Programs

  • Camp Kesem

    Camp Kesem at Yale was founded in 2013 to support children and youth in the greater Connecticut community whose families have been affected by a cancer diagnosis. Run by about 80 student volunteers, Camp Kesem welcomes 140 youth ages 6–18 per year to attend a week-long summer camp. This camping experience has a lasting impact on youth by providing them with a peer-support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence, and strengthens their communication skills.
  • Citizens Thinkers Writers

    Citizens Thinkers Writers is a two-week summer residential program for students from New Haven public schools who are interested in exploring fundamental human questions in a college setting. In small seminars led by Yale professors, students gain invaluable experience in close reading, analytic writing, and college-level discussion. During the program, students actively participate in a long-running philosophical conversation that dates back to ancient Greece and Rome and link this conversation to their own experiences. After completing the summer program, students become CTW Fellows and continue to meet with the faculty, undergraduate residential teaching assistants, and a graduate coordinator throughout the academic year.

    For more information, click HERE.

  • Discovery to Cure High School Internship

    Rising high school seniors spend six weeks working in a biomedical laboratory at Yale, utilizing research techniques such as gel electrophoresis, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy. Since its inception in 2003, more than 300 high school students, undergraduates, and high school teachers have successfully completed the program. Many interns have presented their research at science fairs, and approximately 20% of student interns have published their findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals. 

    For more information click HERE.  

  • Morse Summer Music Academy

    The Morse Summer Music Academy provides comprehensive summer music instruction for accomplished student musicians from New Haven public schools. The program nurtures and develops creativity, musicianship, and musical leadership in students who are passionate about music. Parental involvement and continuing musical opportunities throughout the school year are hallmarks of the academy. The program is open for application to students in grades 4–12 who sing or play piano or a woodwind, brass, string, or percussion instrument. 

    For more information, visit the Music In Schools website

  • NEWT High School Laboratory Internships

    The Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment Center (NEWT) invites Yale Pathways high school juniors to work in their laboratories for a six-week intensive summer research internship. Students work directly with graduate students and faculty on projects related to the production of clean water technologies.

  • Pathways Summer Scholars Program

    The Pathways Summer Scholars program brings 100 high school students from New Haven, West Haven, and Amity public schools to study science for two weeks on Yale’s campus. The goal is to prepare motivated and academically promising students for success in college and to strengthen their ability to pursue science majors and careers. Summer Scholars provides an intensive, hands-on science curriculum that emphasizes discovery, critical thinking, and problem solving. Rising seniors have the opportunity to live on campus during the program and engage in a variety of college-prep enrichment activities. The curriculum is designed by Yale University faculty, graduate and professional students, as well as teachers from local public schools. Yale students serve a vital role as teaching assistants and mentors.

  • Play2Prevent Lab - ForAGirl Program

    Part of the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games at the Yale School of Medicine, Play2PREVENT focuses on the use of video-game play for the purposes of health promotion, risk reduction, social good, and educational interventions. ForAGirl engages female Pathways high school students in a two-week summer research training in developing effective video-game interventions that target areas in which girls and women are disproportionately affected. Female Yale faculty members provide guidance and mentorship.

  • Shafer Family Scholarships for Yale University Summer Session

    Shafer Scholars are New Haven high school juniors and seniors nominated by their high school guidance counselors to enroll in a five-week Yale summer session program. A scholarship from the Shafer family of New Haven provides full tuition for two courses, room and board, a book allowance, and a stipend for each student. Students take Yale College courses in the company of college students and are able to earn college credits. Shafer Scholars live on campus in one of Yale’s  residential colleges for the duration of their program and have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular, recreational, and social programs with students from other high schools and colleges from across the country.

  • Ulysses S. Grant Foundation

    The Ulysses S. Grant Program is a six-week academic summer program for talented and motivated middle school students from New Haven Public Schools held on the Yale University campus. Since 1953, U.S. Grant has drawn upon the enthusiasm of Yale undergraduates to deepen students’ current interests and explore completely new ones, while developing their critical thinking and collaborative skills.

    For more information, click HERE

  • Yale Center for Analytical Sciences

    YCAS Young Scholars is an intensive, twoweek summer program that provides promising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn about biostatistics. Students are introduced to basic statistical methods, study designs used in medical research, and learn the statistical program R. Students work in teams, using real health science data to address study questions and develop a final presentation of their work. scholars/index.aspx

  • Yale Community Rowing

    Established in 1999, the Yale Community Rowing program now brings over 800 students between the ages of ten and seventeen to Yale’s rowing facilities each summer for one-week sessions ranging from the basic “Learn to Row” to more advanced programs for upper-middle and high school students. Programs are offered free of charge. 

    For more information, visit the Yale Community Athletics website

  • Yale Daily News Summer Journalism Program

    Run by members of the Yale Daily News, the Summer Journalism Program is a one-week intensive course in journalism for high school students. Students participate in workshops on the fundamentals of reporting and writing, attend lectures by guest speakers from major national publications, and create a full summer edition of the Yale Daily News by the end of the week. The program is open to all Connecticut high school students and is free for New Haven Public School students.

    For more information, visit the Yale Daily News website

  • Yale School of Drama WILL POWER!

    WILL POWER! is Yale Repertory Theatre’s annual educational initiative offered in conjunction with one or more of its productions. It features specially-priced tickets and early school-time matinées for middle and high school student groups. The program also includes free professional development for educators, study guides for students, and post-performance discussions with members of the company. Since the program’s inception in 2003, more than 20,000 students and educators from across Connecticut have participated. 

    For more information, visit the Yale Repertory Theatre’s website

  • Yale Summer Debate Program

    Offered by the Urban Debate League, the weeklong Yale Summer Debate Program is open to all New Haven high school students, regardless of debate experience. During the program, students develop their skills in public speaking, constructing arguments, and delivering rebuttals. The program is premised on the philosophy that students can use debate as a tool to critically engage with the world around them, helping them to become better debaters and students, and more active members of society. 

    For more information, visit the Yale Urban Debate League website

  • Yale Summer Science Research Institute

    The Yale Summer Science Research Institute (SSRI) connects highly qualified Yale Pathways to Science students with science research internships at Yale. During the summer, students participate in a series of workshops and activities that supplement their internship experiences and enhance their scientific research skills. Students are paired with Yale undergraduate mentors, who provide oneon-one guidance throughout the six-week internship experience.

  • Yale University Art Gallery Teen Program

    Begun in 2014, the Teen Program at the gallery is open to all local high school students. Students meet weekly for sessions focused on making art and exploring the gallery’s collections. This past year, students worked in the studio on portraits and print-making, and examined special collections in the gallery’s print room.

    For more information, visit the Yale University Art Gallery’s website

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