Informational listing (not endorsement) of activities for teenagers
Columbia University Science Honors Program
The Columbia University Science Honors Program (SHP) is a Saturday morning program specifically designed for high school students in the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades. Classes are held on the Columbia University Morningside Campus during the entire academic year from September through May.
Governor’s School in the Sciences
The New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences (NJGSS) is a 3-week residential program where students are immersed in intense college-level research on the campus of Drew University. High school students who live in New Jersey are nominated by their schools and applications are submitted in the fall of the junior year for participation in the following summer. New Jersey’s Governor’s School in the Sciences is a very prestigious program for rising high school seniors.
Governor's School of Engineering & Technology
The New Jersey Governor’s School of Engineering & Technology at Rutgers University is an intensive residential summer program that brings together some of New Jersey’s most talented and motivated high school students. Free of grades and official credit, students spend part of the summer following their junior year studying on the campus of the Rutgers University School of Engineering at no cost to their families. During the program, students will have the opportunity to collaborate with two to four students on a novel research project which will be showcased in a conference-style final paper and presentation in front of hundreds of invited guests at our research symposium. Additionally, students will be able to participate in a variety of life-skills workshops, attend site visits to local corporations, and engage in activities that will help them connect with professors, professionals, and peers from throughout the state.
Governor’s STEM Scholars
The Governor’s STEM Scholars Program is an innovative public-private partnership among the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, the New Jersey Office of the Governor, the New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, and private industries designed to provide high-achieving STEM students in grades 10 through the doctoral level with an introduction to New Jersey’s vast STEM economy and to retain that talent in the State.
Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)
HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. Each spring, 10,000 high school sophomores from across the country join one of HOBY’s 70 State Leadership Seminars to hone their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace, and community.
Laboratory Learning Program
A full-time, free research experience in the sciences or engineering for high school students at Princeton University. Students are included in ongoing research programs where they are closely supervised by Princeton faculty and research staff. The participation dates are customized according to the schedules of the research personnel and intern and the specifics of the project. Internships typically span 5-6 weeks over the summer.
This summer program taps into the potential of ambitious high school students, supporting you through the process of launching an actual startup. Join a highly-curated group of promising young entrepreneurs from around the globe for four intense weeks. You’ll learn from industry experts and work in a group of peer co-founders to build real products and solve business challenges in viable ways. LaunchX isn’t a business plan competition – students start real companies. These startups are driven by using the design thinking process to discover innovative opportunities, backed by extensive market research, multiple iterations of prototypes and user testing, and gaining traction through getting real customers and partnerships.
New Jersey Scholars Program
The New Jersey Scholars Program provides a dynamic learning environment at the Lawrenceville School where 39 able and motivated high school students experience the life of the mind as they have never done before. Scholars plunge into an inter-disciplinary college-level five-week summer program, expanding their intellectual abilities by approaching the summer’s topic from many different directions. The Scholars learn and live together, stimulating and supporting each other as they wrestle with the challenges posed by this new approach to learning.
Research Science Institute
Each summer, 80 of the world’s most accomplished high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Research Science Institute (RSI). RSI is the first cost-free to students, summer science & engineering program to combine on-campus course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research. Participants experience the entire research cycle from start to finish. They read the most current literature in their field, draft and execute a detailed research plan, and deliver conference-style oral and written reports on their findings. RSI scholars first participate in a week of intensive STEM classes with accomplished professors. The heart of RSI is the five week research internship where students conduct individual projects under the tutelage of mentors who are experienced scientists and researchers. During the final week of RSI, students prepare written and oral presentations on their research projects.
United States Senate Youth Program
Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in meetings with the president and a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.
- BOLD (BioCONECT Oncology Leadership Development) Summer Camp
- Brookdale Fast Start Program for HS Students
- BU Science & Engineering (RISE) Program
- Creative Writers Workshop at Emerson College
- Columbia University Summer Programs for HS Students
- Engineering Innovation (Johns Hopkins)
- Foresight and Leadership Sustainability Initiative at Oberlin College
- Introduction to Architecture (Cooper Union)
- Medical Explorers Program – Jersey Shore University Medical Center
- Merlyn’s Pen Mentors in Writing Program
- Monmouth University College Acceleration Program
- New Jersey Medical School Internship
- NJIT Summer Architecture
- NYU STEM
- Pace University Summer Scholars
- Penn Summer High School Programs
- RU Pre-College Summer Academies
- Rutgers Summer Scholars
- Secondary Student Training Program (Univ. of Iowa)
- Simons Summer Research Program
- Summer at Georgetown
- Summer Science Scholars Academy
- TCNJ Robotics Camp
- Vanderbilt Summer Academy
- Yale Young Global Scholars
- Biology Olympiad
- Congressional App Challenge
- Dartmouth International Science Essay Competition
- Golden Key Music Festival
- Intel Science Talent Search
- International Brain Bee
- FIRST® Robotics Competition & Tech Challenge
- Future Problem Solving of New Jersey
- MIT Inspire
- National Science Bowl
- National Spanish Exam
- NYU Polytechnic Technology, Culture and Society Competitions
- President’s Volunteer Service Award
- Princeton Prize in Race Relations
- RPI High School Business Plan Competition
- Two River Theater Metro Scholars
- Verizon Innovative App Challenge
- Young ARTS, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
- Young Naturalist Awards
- Young Playwrights National Playwriting Competition
- American Legion Jersey Boys State
- American Legion Jersey Girls State
- American Red Cross North Jersey Region Summer Leadership Conference
- Bank of America Student Leaders Program
- Brown University Leadership Institute
- Civic Leadership Institute (Northwestern & Johns Hopkins Univ)
- Civic Week (Northwestern University)
- Global Youth Leadership Experience (FDU)
- High School Leadership Academy – Mercy College
- Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey Teen Programs
- Marlboro Teen Advisory Committee
- Monmouth County 4H
- New Jersey Youth & Government
- People to People: Leadership Ambassador
- Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
- “The Bridge” – UPitt College Prep and Leadership Academy
- YMCA Teen Leadership Programs