Project Description

Yale Summer Academy

YALE SUMMER ACADEMY

Leadership. Collaboration. Social Entrepreneurship.

Sponsored by Yale University, the Yale Summer Academy is an immersive, innovative leadership program for high school students. The program is designed to develop the next generation’s leaders, top thinkers and change-makers.

Thought provoking leadership requires us to dignify and empower others, ask questions, and create great enthusiasm for a shared vision. The program will turn your passions into action and train you to be an agent of change in your community.

  • Spend two weeks applying interdisciplinary knowledge and reasoning to mission-minded planning.
  • Explore five academic majors at Yale, getting a preview of life at a world-class Ivy-League University. A rotation of academic enrichment classes is woven throughout these two weeks, imparting reasoning, rationale and topic-related knowledge.
  • Classes are supplemented with daily “Explore Yale” breakout sessions that introduce you to Yale’s most celebrated and picturesque museums, libraries and landmarks.
  • Collaborate with your group to develop a functional plan to inspire positive change as you focus on a social, local or global issue.
  • Leave the program having created an NGO or piece of legislation that can be enacted.

We do all this using sustainability as a case study. We selected sustainability because Gen Z is passionate about finding solutions in this space, but there is a gap between their enthusiasm and their level of action so far. It’s a prime opportunity for us to help activate them.

From policy to public speaking, you’ll emerge with a stronger sense of the world around you and its relationship to your own strengths and skills. Tap into thought leaders and learn to enact change at one of America’s most prestigious universities, Yale University.

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Location: Yale University
Ages: 14 – 17
Program Dates: July 12 – July 25
Session Length: 14 days

This program has a rolling admissions timeline. We recommend applying as soon as possible.

Residential Tuition: $5,195

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“Yale Summer Academy was one of the BEST experiences of my life.”

Tamie T., Student

“Gen Z is using technology to learn about the world. This generation consists of global thinkers who are socially conscious and environmentally friendly.”

Linda Manziaris

“Generation Zers have a high interest in careers that contribute to addressing social issues and serving the community. They are extremely focused on solving a problem.”

Laura Shear

SCHEDULE OF A DAY

  • 7:15am Breakfast

  • 8:15am Class

  • 10:45am Workshop

  • 12:00pm Lunch

  • 1:00pm Library or Museum Visit

  • 2:00pm Group Time

  • 4:30pm Recreational Activities

  • 5:15pm Dinner

  • 6:15pm Explore Yale

  • 7:30pm Evening Activity

  • 9:30pm Free Time

  • 10:30pm Suite Check

PROGRAM INFO

Culminating Project

The project-based component of the program introduces high-level leadership, advocacy and teamwork training. You and your group will agree upon an issue and use the knowledge learned in your courses to develop a sustainability initiative and begin to inspire change. This can be the creation of an NGO or piece of legislation. You’ll showcase your group’s work during the Program Symposium at the end of the session.

Social Opportunities

Social opportunities are a cornerstone of this program. In addition to time spent with your peers in daily classes and groups, you’ll make friends during recreational evening activities, on-campus excursions to museums and labs, and a weekend trip to New York City. You will explore Yale’s campus and visit places such as the Yale Peabody Museum and the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design. During the weekend trip to New York City, you will experience the city and enjoy a sightseeing cruise of the stunning skyline. On Sunday, you’ll explore some of New Haven’s hot spots such as the world-famous Frank Pepe Pizzeria, Jordan’s – the worlds largest ropes course – or the Pez Factory.

FIVE ENRICHMENT STYLE ACADEMIC COURSES

You’ll have a unique schedule to rotate through these five courses:

The Communications course will enhance your ability to successfully articulate your point of view, and persuade others through the written and spoken word. Various modes of persuasion will be utilized to gauge the persuasiveness of argumentation. The composition of organizational mission and vision statements, and the unique facets of each, will be covered as well.

During the course you will:

  • Evaluate ethical issues involved in social policy.
  • Evaluate ideas on their merit instead of the individual sharing them.
  • Learn that great leadership requires us to dignify and empower others, ask great questions and create great enthusiasm for a shared vision.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand what factors we must consider, and appropriately leverage, to create positive change.
  • Define logos, ethos, and pathos, and identify their usage in ecologically valid contexts.
  • Differentiate between, and compose, a mission statement and vision statement.

The Economics course analyzes the role of economic incentives in determining the decision-making of global actors. A brief primer on economic principles will be provided, along with an examination of how those principles influence the success or failure of efforts toward sustainability.

During the course you will:

  • Evaluate ethical issues involved in social policy.
  • Learn how can we create positive change in society on a local, regional, continental and global scale.
  • Determine what factors we must consider, and appropriately leverage, to create positive change.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Define essential economic terminology, and describe the factors that contribute to the tragedy of the commons.
  • Articulate how economic factors contribute to the tragedy of the commons.

The Environmental Science course teaches you about the current state of the global environment and investigates the precise nature of the problem of sustainability through an environmental prism.

During the course you will evaluate:

  • Contemporary research and potential solutions offered by the scientific community.
  • Ethical issues involved in social policy.
  • A recent project that addressed a community need or issue.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand that sustainability is at the intersection of the environment, community and the economy.
  • Begin to measure each of these pillars of sustainability using a real life scenario.
  • Research and present your own case study on an enterprise that you believe has achieved sustainability.

The Politics course provides you with an overview of the key people and organizations that make and enforce policy regarding global issues. Previous and contemporary political efforts toward sustainability, both those that could be judged as largely successful and those that fall short, will be examined.

During the course you will:

  • Evaluate ethical issues involved in social policy.
  • Compare and contrast government’s record on important public policy issues.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how can we create positive change in society on a local, regional, continental and global scale.
  • Compare and contrast the concepts of rights and responsibilities.
  • Describe constraints that hamper potentially successful international agreements.
  • Evaluate the role indigenous peoples play in national and international policymaking.
  • Identify current efforts of the United Nations toward sustainability.
  • Evaluate the success of previous international agreements toward sustainability.

The Technology course will teach you to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of the increase of technology, primarily with regard to the role that technology relates to the human condition. Efforts to use technology to impact humanity and the environment will be discussed.

During the course you will:

  • Evaluate ethical issues involved in social policy.
  • Evaluate a recent project that addressed a community need or issue.
  • Learn how we can create positive change in society on a local, regional, continental and global scale.
  • Discover what factors we must consider, and appropriately leverage, to create positive change.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the drawbacks of technology, and how it has contributed to the current environmental landscape.
  • Explain a case study wherein technology was successfully used to enhance the environment.

LEADERSHIP SEMINAR

The Leadership Seminar explores different leadership theories, both in academic and ecologically-valid contexts. You will be asked to evaluate your own approaches to leadership, and to think strategically about the intentional application of leadership theories as problem-solving tools.

During the seminar, you will:

  • Learn to lead and collaborate effectively with a group of peers to enact positive change.
  • Define and distinguish various leadership theories.
  • Apply and evaluate the appropriate application of leadership theories in practice.
Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs is authorized by Yale University Office of Conferences & Events to offer the Yale Summer Academy described in this website. Students interested in taking college courses for credit should visit Yale Summer Session.

AT YALE SUMMER ACADEMY YOU WILL:

OUR FACULTY

The Yale Summer Academy employs highly qualified Yale graduate students to teach each of the courses. Not only are they subject matter experts, but they also lead research in their field. Guest lecturers also include Yale faculty members. A separate residential life staff from all over the world live in the dorms and are trained to ensure your experience is fun, safe and memorable!

 

LIFE AT YALE UNIVERSITY

A historic Ivy League university.

Located in New Haven, Connecticut. The Yale campus is filled with high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and professors; giving you the real collegiate experience.

International Experience. 

About 40% of students come from around the world to join us each summer. Every year we hear how much students enjoy meeting people from all over the country and the world and how it opened their eyes to different parts of the globe.

Trips & Activities.

There is always something to do when class is over: movies, tours, events and more. Campus is surrounded by dozens of shops and restaurants that are fun to explore with friends. A trip to New York City is offered on Saturday for exploring and sightseeing. Sunday is a more relaxed day for exploring campus and New Haven.

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2020 DATES & PRICES

 July 12 – July 25

  • Rooming
  • On-campus meals
  • Afternoon and evening activities
  • Academic instruction
  • Guest appearances
  • Course materials
  • Weekend trip to New York City

  • Non-refundable application fee: $70
  • Optional services such as linen and airport transportation
  • Meals during weekend trips and off-campus weekday dinners

Students arrive on Sunday, July 12 and depart campus on Saturday, July 25.

In order to complete an application for admission, students are required to submit the following:

  • Basic application information using our online registration form 
  • Application fee ($70, paid via credit card) 
  • Student questionnaire  
    • Skills and strengths (100 words or less) 
    • Extracurricular activities (list three) 
    • What do you hope to gain from the experience? (100 words or less) 
    • Describe an experience that prompted your interest in YSA. (100 words or less) 
  • Essay In 300 words or less, explain your interest in attending the Yale Summer Academy. 
  • School Information (including name, address, phone, type, graduation year, and guidance counselor information) 
  • Academic transcript including Fall 2019 grades (We accept unofficial and official transcripts.) 
  • Letter of Recommendation (May be written by current or recent teachers, school administrators, employers, mentors, academic advisors, coaches or directors of extracurricular activities. Instructions are available after you begin your application.) 
  • English Competency (Required for students who do not speak English as their first language, or do not receive their academic instruction in English. In order of our preference, the student may submit TOEFL, ACT, SAT, or a letter of recommendation from English Teacher.) 
  • International students are required to show competency in English. In order of our preference, the student may submit TOEFL, ACT, SAT, IELTS or a letter of recommendation from an English Teacher.)

This program has a rolling admissions timeline. We recommend applying as soon as possible.

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