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The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center

For outstanding local, summer volunteer programs or leadership opportunities to help spark change, please visit and click on the "For Students" link on the right toolbar. It's not too late to get involved.

College Bound Express - The Arts Institute

High school juniors and seniors like you can flex your creative muscles and explore what it feels like to be challenged to go even further, work harder, and take the first step to doing what you love, for life.  Each course mirrors a credit-bearing course open only to registered degree-seeking students taught by credentialed faculty.  College Bound gets you in the door so that you can learn and develop critical design, media, and culinary skills.  Your College Bound portfolio can be evaluated for proficiency credits applicable toward your future enrollment with any Art Institutes.  For more information, please visit   

Governor's Page Program 

Governor Roy Cooper encourages young people in North Carolina to get involved in public and community service, including by applying to serve as a Governor’s Page.  Established in 1973, the Governor’s Page Program gives high school students from all over North Carolina the opportunity to come to Raleigh for a week of hands-on participation in their state government. We want our Governor’s pages to represent North Carolina’s diverse communities and help inspire a new generation of leaders.  

During their time as a Page, students will be challenged to learn and develop in four key areas:  
  • Civics. Pages will learn about state government and how the different branches of government work together to serve the people of North Carolina.  
  • History. Pages will gain a better understanding of North Carolina’s present and future by learning about its past, through tours of historical sites and museums.  
  • Service. Pages will learn first-hand how North Carolinians serve their state through public service. We hope this will inspire pages to consider how they can best continue to serve their communities.  
  • Professional Development. Pages will develop skills needed for higher education and careers, including how to conduct themselves in a professional setting.

For more information and to apply, please visit  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until full.  

Duke University - Summer Academy

Duke Summer Academy for High School Students provides a stimulating and thought-provoking learning experience that will help you understand what it means to be a global citizen.  Each option provides a unique and global perspective of citizenship.  Rather than sitting at a desk and simply listening to a lecture while taking notes, you will engage in a variety of interactive assignments designed to build critical skills essential to preparing for the world beyond high school.  You will participate in role playing, discussions, interviews, debates, and other dynamic educational activities while learning alongside peers from around the world.  Summer Academy meets Monday through Friday for approximately six hours a day for classroom activities.  Additional optional enrichment activities are planned for evenings and weekends.  For more information, please visit

University of South Carolina - Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series
Get a taste of college life at the University of South Carolina's flagship campus through these educational adventures designed for academically talented students in grades 5 through 12.  Jump start a future career, refine skills in the performing arts and discover student life at USC. Dive deeply into subjects you thought you'd have to wait until college to explore.  For more information on all the camps, please visit   

Tarheel Boys' State  

Tar Heel Boys' State is sponsored by THE AMERICAN LEGION DEPARTMENT OF NC. It is an intense workshop concentrating on North Carolina state government and politics. Only males who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and have at least one more semester of high school remaining are considered eligible to participate. Delegates representing all geographic areas of North Carolina participate annually in this program THE AMERICAN LEGION believes there is no better way to assure the survival of our great republic than to train our young people in the ideals and objectives of American government. By teaching the youth of our state and nation to understand and appreciate the basic principles involved in the successful management of a democratic society, we can keep America strong and ensure freedom for future generations. Tar Heel Boys' State teaches that preservation of our form of government depends on intelligent, informed and loyal citizens in combination of government activities. 


  • To improve citizenship for present and future generations of Tar Heels. 
  • To become familiar with the structure of North Carolina government and its political process - using the LEARN TODAY TO LEAD TOMORROW concept of instruction. 
  • To develop civic leadership and pride in American citizenship. 
  • To arouse a keen interest in the detailed study of our government ¨ To develop in the young citizens of Boys’ State, the full understanding of our American traditions and beliefs in the United States of America. 
  • To arouse in the young citizens a determination to maintain our form of government. 
  • To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation. 
  • To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy.

ELIGIBILITY  - To attend Tar Heel Boys' State the following requirements will be observed:

  • Only males who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and have at least one remaining semester of high school will be considered as a delegate to Tar Heel Boys' State 
  • Only young men with outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service to their schools should be considered as possible delegates to Tar Heel Boys' State. 
  • Tar Heel Boys' State welcomes delegates who evidence a handicap. Before a handicapped candidate is approved as a delegate, the sponsoring post must have the approval of the Director so that any necessary special arrangements can be made. 
  • Any delegate who has previously attended Tar Heel Boys' State is not eligible to attend a second session. However, a former citizen of the program is always welcome to visit as an Alumnus. He may also be considered as a possible counselor to serve with the program.

Please visit their website to learn more about this program and to download the application.

Students who want to apply for the American Legion scholarship to pay for Boys’ State must contact Richard Stancil at 919-268-9076 as soon as possible for an interview.  Students not seeking a scholarship should mail the completed application and fee to Deborah Rose at the address listed in the application by May 1. 

Student Trooper Program
The purpose of the North Carolina American Legion Student Trooper Program is to create an association between our young people and the men and women who are responsible for enforcing the laws of our State. The American Legion believes that our young people have a strong sense of patriotism and a high regard for Law and Order.  It is our belief that the young men and women who participate in the Student Trooper Program will develop favorable attitudes toward Law Enforcement and will articulate those attitudes throughout their communities and among their peers. 

The week long American Legion Student Trooper Program is conducted at the North Carolina Highway Patrol Training Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is a cooperative sponsorship of The NC American Legion and The NC Highway Patrol.  Cadets participate in morning physical training, close order drill, and disciplined conduct throughout the day under the watchful eyes of counselors and instructors.  Cadets participate in a wide variety of instructional sessions. They learn the use of police skills, including drug detection, firearms safety, and precision driving, just to name a few. There are also tours in Raleigh, NC of the Capitol, Legislative Building, Governor's Mansion, and the Highway Patrol Headquarters and Communications Center. Instructors from the NC Highway Patrol other phases of Law Enforcement and related subjects are integrated into the week's program.

Cadets must have successfully completed their junior year of high school and of good moral character. Cadets must be sponsored by an American Legion Post.  All correspondence relating to this program should be addressed to Student Trooper Program; The American Legion Department of North Carolina; PO Box 26657; Raleigh, NC 27611 or call 919-832-7506.

Students who have successfully completed their junior or senior year can be accommodated at the training center, so be sure to get applications in early. The application must be submitted through a local American Legion post.  Please visit their website for more information and to download the application.  The deadline to apply is June 15 or until the program is full. 

Duke University - Summer College and Adacemy
Duke University’s Summer College and Summer Academy have been more popular than ever, classes are filling quickly!  Although the application deadline is April 14, you should act NOW to increase your chances of getting into the class of your choice.  Apply today and spend your summer with elite students from around the world on Duke’s majestic campus taking enriching courses and getting an authentic college experience.
You can find our online applications here:
Summer Academy Application
Summer College Application for US Students
Summer College Application for International Students 

NC Community Development Initiative - Youth Leadership Program

The Initiative’s Youth Leadership Program, launched in 2008, aims to develop the next generation of North Carolina leaders through an intensive, innovative six-week summer program.  The program places rising high school seniors in internships with high-performing community organizations around the state. It exposes them to the world of community economic development while giving them experience in the workplace.

The Initiative provides a stipend ($2,250) for each student in exchange for work on a five-week project at a nonprofit in their home community.  Interns have completed projects such as coordinating a community health fair, assisting with creating a business plan, creating youth programs for children, building community gardens, developing community outreach campaigns and assisting with the documentation of the organization’s work in the community (via photos, video, testimonials, reports, etc.).

Interns gather every two weeks in Raleigh to share experiences and participate in forums designed to hone their leadership skills, including:  

  • Conflict resolution  
  • Financial literacy 
  • Servant leadership principles  
  • Personal branding and marketing 
  • Ethics and personal values

To learn more about this opportunity, please visit   To apply, please visit The deadline to apply is March 31. Please see Mrs. Smith, Career Development - Student Services, prior to applying.

NC Wesleyan - Shelton Leadership Challenge 

North Carolina Wesleyan College is delighted to offer The Shelton Leadership Challenge on our campus June 18-June 23, 2017.   The Shelton Challenge seeks youth that are rising 9th to 12th grades students (graduating seniors included) with a 3.0 grade point average (unweighted) or higher. Cost to attend the program is $500 for the week. The cost includes meals, room, and transportation during the camp, and any activities that will take place during camp.

The core curriculum focuses on leadership roles and accountability, team building, leadership styles and situations, social responsibility, integrity as a leader, public speaking, changing behaviors and goal setting.  These challenges are designed to appeal to youth who are motivated to learn how to lead others and make a difference for their families, community and nation. The results of this leadership camp have been outstanding. The growth we have seen from the students during this six day residential camp has been amazing each year. We will accept application after this date on a rolling basis until the program has been filled. For more information, please visit  Application  References   The application deadline is May 5.    

Broyhill Leadership Conference
Conference 1 - June 25-29, Conference 2 - July 9-13.  Both conferences are open to rising sophomores through 2017 graduates.  For more information and to apply, please visit

Schola HS Summer Program at Belmont Abbey

Schola offers a unique opportunity to rising high school juniors and seniors to spend an elevating and revitalizing week engaged in a rich schedule of academic, cultural, and recreational activities centered on lively seminars discussing several of the great books of the Western world.  While living on Belmont Abbey’s beautiful, historic campus in North Carolina, attendees will enjoy a balanced mix of reading, seminars, relaxation, and conviviality.  Mornings and early afternoons are devoted to small group seminars discussing works by masters of the Western intellectual tradition, including Plato, Shakespeare, Homer, St. Augustine, and Boethius.  Outside of class, participants enjoy daily sports and social events, visits to the celebrated Mint Museum in Charlotte, a staged reading of a Shakespeare play, hiking in the nearby Appalachian Mountains, white water rafting at the U.S. National White Water Center in Charlotte, as well as other social and recreational activities. For more information and to register, please visit

 The Bridge: College Prep and Leadership Academy

Gain a competitive edge when applying to college by participating in The Bridge, a college preparation program here at the University of Pittsburgh. Open to rising high school juniors and seniors, our Academy offers leadership development experience and college preparation workshops to provide the knowledge and skills needed to successfully navigate the college application process.  For more information and to register, please visit 

Virginia Tech - Nanocamp 

August 2-4 - Looking at the world through the eyes of a nanoscientist can be life-changing! We invite you to attend three-days of exciting activities, presentations, and laboratory exercises led by prominent faculty in the field and their students. This is a great opportunity to learn more about and explore Virginia Tech!

The Academy of Integrated Science Nanocamp is a 3 day, 2 night camp geared toward rising high school students in fall 2017. The camp will be held on the main campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.

The Academy of Integrated Science at Virginia Tech gives students a comprehensive foundation in the scientific method. Outstanding faculty members teach courses and conduct research in biological sciences, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics. The college offers programs in cutting-edge areas including, among others, those in energy and the environment, developmental science across the lifespan, infectious diseases, computational science, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The Academy of Integrated Science is dedicated to fostering a research-intensive environment that promotes scientific inquiry and outreach. For more information, please visit

Meredith College - Looking Toward College

This summer seminar gives a glimpse into what college life is like and helps prepare high school students for an effective college search. The seminar will be held June 20-23.  For more information and to register, please visit

US Naval Academy  - Summer Seminars

Join USNA Admissions this Wednesday, February 8, from 7-8pm EST on their live broadcast through CollegeWeek Live. They will be talking about Summer Seminar. Parents, counselors, etc. are welcome also! To register (for free), please click this link 

UNCW Summer Jazz Workshop 
July 9-14, workshops for middle and high school students.  To learn more and apply, please visit and click on "Summer Music Workshops" on the left toolbar.  Additional information can also be found at the following link Summer Jazz Workshop.

NC Society of Hispanic Professionals - Hispanic Educational Summit 2017

There is a vital need to encourage Hispanic students to stay in school, excel in their studies and pursue higher education. The Summit has been planned, in part, to fulfill this need. As you know, educated Latino youth, who become acculturated role models, are a tremendous investment in North Carolina’s future.  Our Summit is the largest educational conference in North Carolina for middle and high school Hispanic students. Over 13,000 students from schools in over 40 counties throughout North Carolina have participated in our annual summit initiative since 2000. The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute’s study “The New Latino South and the Challenge to Public Education” by Andrea Wainer highlights our summit initiative as: “Especially noteworthy is the NCSHP which organizes an annual statewide Hispanic educational summit“.  For more information, please visit

United States Military Academy -  West Point  - Summer Leaders Experience

The Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) application is currently open, as it opens for high school juniors mid-January each year. This year, the application for juniors opened on January 15th.  SLE is highly competitive since there are normally 6,000 applicants and just 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.  For more information please visit

Furman Summer Scholars

Have plans for the summer? If you want to do something really incredible with your summer, come to Furman, stay on campus, and be a part of Summer Scholars. Rising high school seniors and juniors participate in classes led by Furman professors and get a taste of college life. Summer Scholars will be held: 

Week 1: July 9-15, 2017

Week 2: July 16-22, 2017​​

Challenge your mind, make new friends, and have fun while taking part in lectures, discussions, debates, laboratory research, field trips, group and individual projects, and so much more!

For more information, please visit The deadline to apply is May 15.

Wake Tech Summer Camps

Wake Tech's Summer Camps are designed to excite and inspire young minds as they explore their interests and consider career options for the future. Camps are geared to specific grade or age levels and have a limited number of spaces available.  Please visit for camp information. 

Meredith College - Junior Leadership Conference 

On February 4, the Meredith College Office of Student Leadership and Service, in conjunction with the Office of Admissions, cordially invites all junior women in leadership roles or aspiring to be in a leadership position to participate in a free conference to develop and sharpen your leadership skills. Please be mindful that this event is limited to only 250 participants, so registration is required for this event. For more information and to register, please visit  The registration deadline is January 27.

University of Georgia - VetCAMP 

Are you a rising junior, rising senior, or rising college freshman that is interested in the veterinary profession? UGA's VetCAMP (Veterinary Career Aptitude and Mentoring Program) may be a great opportunity for you to take advantage of over the summer.  
VetCAMP will house up to 52 high school students on UGA’s campus for seven days. During the program, students will be involved in various activities aimed at evaluating their skills and competitiveness as future veterinarians, providing mentorship and helping them experience veterinary medicine as an exciting career path.
The application is due January 27, 2017 and can be found online at

Davidson – July Experience   

July Experience is a powerful pre-college summer academic program for rising high school juniors and seniors who are highly motivated, academically oriented, and self-disciplined. The program takes place on the Davidson College campus, located 20 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina. Participants take two liberal arts courses taught by full-time Davidson faculty, live in residence halls with students from across the country and around the world and participate in sessions about the college admission process while getting prepared for college.  July Experience courses carry no secondary school or college credit; however a powerful summer academic experience can be a valuable addition to a college application and excellent preparation for college. For more information and to apply, please visit 

Youth Nations


Youth Nations is a week-long interactive global leadership experience where high school students experience college life while participating in a persuasive presentation competition for University of Toledo scholarships.  

The week focuses on creating opportunities for students to learn from our skilled faculty about issues that face our world. Participants will then have the opportunity to work in a team of several students to present a plan to change the world. Each team will compete for the chance to win a UT scholarship.  
Students will have a real college experience, including staying on campus in our residence halls, spending time with expert faculty, and using our Student Recreation Center. Students can share a room with a friend or meet someone new. The event fee includes housing, meals and program activities for one person. This leadership experience is geared toward highly motivated high school students who are between their junior and senior year who have an interest to take their passion for learning and making a difference in global issues to the next step. Students should have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
For more information and to apply, please visit  Registration opens January 5.  

Climate LEAP 

Since 2009, the Climate Leadership and Energy Awareness Program (Climate LEAP) has engaged approximately 200 rising 9th-12th grade students from Durham and Orange counties. During this program students engage with scientists and educators and conduct hands-on and minds-on science and mathematics activities to examine the interconnected topics of climate and energy as well as the current and emerging solutions designed to move us toward a low carbon future. The program is administered by the UNC Institute for the Environment with support from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Climate LEAP is conducted in partnership with the UNC Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The goals of Climate LEAP are to:  

  • Increase student competence in science and mathematics by examining the interconnected topics of climate and energy; 
  • Increase student enthusiasm for science and mathematics by showing how the above topics are relevant to their daily lives; 
  • Increase student interest in science careers by highlighting the diversity of career opportunities and emphasizing emerging science and technology careers; and, 
  • Provide an opportunity for students to communicate their scientific knowledge to others through completion of a student-facilitated action project.
Students participate in a free one-week, non-residential Summer Institute on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill and at least four academic year follow-up activities to be held on Saturdays and during teacher workdays or early release days. In addition, students are supported in their pursuit of an optional action project in an effort to develop their leadership and science communication skills.
To apply, please visit  The deadline to apply is January 9. 

Summer at Duke
Beginning December 1, applications will be accepted for:
Summer College for High School Students (academic credit program for students currently in grades 10 and 11)
Summer Academy for High School Students (academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9-12) 
We invite you to imagine yourself at Duke this summer if you are:  
  • seeking to gain academic credit from renowned Duke faculty or learn to be a Leader and a Global Citizen through personal enrichment courses; 
  • hoping to spend your summer enjoying residential activities such as ball games, outlet shopping, dances, talent shows, and more; 
  • excited to prepare for college and create an international network of peers.

Applications for Summer College and Summer Academy will be accepted beginning December 1, and continue until each program reaches capacity. Apply early to receive preferred consideration. Please visit the following site for more information  

8th Triangle Youth Leadership Conference

The two-day conference will take place on NC State’s campus from February 10th to February 11th. The conference will cost $110 per student. This cost includes lodging for one night and five meals. Check-in will start at 8:30am on Friday, and checkout will begin Saturday evening. TYLC is put on by Triangle Youth Leadership Services (TYLS). Based out of N.C. State University, we are a completely student-led organization of current Park Scholars and ambitious Wolfpack undergraduates dedicated to community development in North Carolina through youth leadership and empowerment.

Some highlights of past year’s conferences include:  

  • Workshops presented by N.C. State students on tangible skills such as charismatic leadership, design thinking, harnessing your own personality, followership and other types of leadership, becoming legendary through professionalism and team dynamics. 
  • Real-life problem-solving challenges such as fish kills, homelessness, voter apathy, urban congestion, obesity and environmental degradation. 
  • Guest speakers and panelists from the N.C. State student body, local industries, and organizations such the N.C. Legislature, the Krispy Kreme Challenge, Undercover Colors SAS, and N.C. Special Olympics.

To apply, please visit The deadline to apply is December 16.  Please direct any questions to


Intellectually curious high school students are invited to Splash UNC, an annual event on UNC campus featuring unique classes taught by UNC students. From college admissions to self-defense to DNA, and beyond, students have over 100 classes from which to choose.

When: Saturday, November 12 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: UNC campus in Chapel Hill, NC
Cost: $15 program fee to cover the cost of course materials and lunch. Financial assistance is provided to students with need. A student may request financial assistance by emailing

Register by: Saturday, November 5
Online registration: To view the course catalog, enroll in the program, and find a list of FAQs, students should visit the Splash UNC website at

Every year, the Catalyst Conference brings a select group of 100 high school students from across North Carolina to UNC-CH for a weekend-long exploration of social justice issues affecting both America and the larger world. Through leadership and personal development sessions, participants are empowered to serve as catalysts for positive change in their own communities.

When: Friday, February 17 - Sunday, February 19
Where: UNC campus in Chapel Hill, NC
Cost: $50 registration fee to help with some of the costs of food and housing for the weekend. Please let us know if you have an interested student with financial need as we may be able to offer a scholarship. 
Apply by: Saturday, November 26
Online ApplicationCatalyst Application

The Catalyst Conference is part of a larger UNC-CH umbrella service organization known as Campus Y. For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Catalyst Conference website If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Catalyst-Co-Chairs Brianna Torres and Kirsten Bubak at


Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics
Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics (SVSM) provides an opportunity for current sophomores and juniors to foster identified interests in science and math with its enriched program in a university research setting.  SVSM continues to attract North Carolina most motivated and academically prepared students.  This summer program is a competitive entry program by application only.  Selected students participate in a rigorous, four-week residential academic program intended to reward and stimulate students who have already demonstrated their commitment to academic growth and development in science and math.  Participants will be chosen to stay at one of three campuses:  Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, or UNC Charlotte.  Students are evaluated on their academic record and their motivation to pursue science and math activities beyond the classroom.  SVSM is a state-supported initiative and there are no program costs for participants.  
Application Process:
Applications are completed online at  As part of the application process, applicants must secure evaluations from a science or math teacher and their counselor.  It is the responsibility of the application to ask their teacher and counselor to complete the evaluation.
Application Deadline:  January 15, 2017
February 1, 2017:  Teachers and counselors will receive email notification with a link to complete their evaluation.  Deadline for completion is March 12, 2017
March 1-15, 2017:  Students will submit their transcripts through
April 4, 2017:  Applicants are notified of their acceptance status
April 6, 2017:  Deadline for students to accept or decline attendance

Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Seminar

The HOBY Leadership Seminars are designed for high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, schools, workplace and community. Currently, nearly 9,000 sophomores, representing as many high schools nationwide, attend HOBY Leadership Seminars each year. The seminars provide a high level of energy, encouragement and motivation, as well as interaction with peers, panelists and volunteers to nurture your future leadership roles. In addition, you will participate in hands-on leadership activities and meet state leaders in such as areas as business, government, education, media and the non-profit sector. Each September, every public, private and charter high school in the country is invited to select and register an outstanding sophomore as their representative to their local state seminar. There are approximately seventy Leadership Seminars held each spring throughout the United States.   

Middle Creek High School can nominate one sophomore to attend the 2016 HOBY Seminar. We will also choose one alternate if the nominated candidate is unable to attend. The date and location for the 2016 HOBY Seminar will be announced at a later date, but will run at some point between March and June of 2016.

Applications (download following link) with attached essays must be returned to Mrs. Gillespie in Student Services by October 28, 2016. HOBY Application

Martha Guy Summer Institute for Future Business Leaders at Appalachian State University

An incredible summer opportunity awaits current high school juniors on the campus of Appalachian State University. The Martha Guy Summer Institute for Future Business Leaders (MGSI) has a solid, 13-year history of inspiring students through exploration of the business world, and we are now accepting applications for our 14th cohort.   Admission to MGSI is limited to current high school juniors who have a sincere interest in business as a college major. Applicants should be competitive students among their high school class. They will need to provide evidence of high school academic achievement, demonstrate involvement in school and/or community activities, as well as leadership potential. The program tries to select participants who have the potential to be accepted for admission at Appalachian State.  For more information and to apply, please visit   The application is at the bottom of the page under Tuition and Scholarships. The application deadline is February 24. Martha Guy Program Flyer