Community Programs


  • STEMblazers Program
    A STEM program for high school girls hosted by Campbell University in 2024! STEMblazers is a program dedicated to inspiring girls into STEM careers. We provide programming and opportunities for the students to meet real women in STEM, ask questions, and work through a real hands-on activity related to the speaker's job. We have partnered with the amazing women at Campbell University to kick off a new chapter on their campus. 
    We'd love to meet you at the upcoming club sessions! Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/campbell24a

    Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals
    They offer ACE Academy, youth programs, girls' launch and more! 

    Young Nonprofit Fellowship Program
    General Services Foundation, a Triangle-based nonprofit, teaching students how to find their place in the service community through coaching, seed funding for initiatives, providing resources/networks, and a team, among other things. We hope to foster a life-long passion in service for high schoolers to have a community-oriented mindset, educate themselves on nonprofit topics, and access career/professional development in and out of the nonprofit sector.
    All current 9th-11th graders are eligible.
     Below are the different components of the fellowship program:

    • Internship: Be matched/paired with a host nonprofit you will intern with. You will be working with them on a day-to-day basis.
    • Impact Initiative: You will host many small projects, and a larger Impact Initiative, to benefit your host nonprofit. This can range from events, campaigns, and fundraisers that GSF will help you organize.
    • Article: Each fellow will complete an article to showcase their successes and where they’ve grown.
    • Weekly Assignments & Book: To support personal and professional development, we have a curriculum with weekly assignments to help market yourself to employers/colleges, learn more about the nonprofit sector, and create healthy habits.
    • Participation: Key piece to all five previous categories. Following our leadership principles and having a high level of involvement is expected of fellows.

    Contact:
    fellowship@generalservicesfoundation.org

    North Carolina Criminal Justice Fellows Program 
    100 new fellowships each year to selected students and offers a 100% forgivable educational loan for them to attend a North Carolina Community College, obtain their associate degree, and pursue a career in criminal justice. High school seniors/graduates are eligible to apply for a fellowship. Once awarded, recipients of the forgivable loan are required to graduate with their associate degree in two (2) years and, upon graduation, become certified and employed full-time in an eligible criminal justice profession in an eligible North Carolina County for a period of four (4) years. Upon meeting these requirements, a recipient’s loan will be forgiven in full. Additional program information can be found online at https://www.ncdoj.gov/cjfellows. See flyer and brochure.

    Famm 1st Film Productions (Formerly Art of Discovery) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization for students interested in acting and filming. We are in the process of casting for our 4 short films dedicated to youth. We will touch on topics such as bullying, drug use/overdose, peer pressure, colorism, body shaming, depression, anxiety, and mental breakdowns due to social media. Click HERE for our Acting Information. Click HERE for our filming information. 

    Durham Bulls/WRAL Post 50
    The Durham Bulls Explorer Post 50 is a co-ed unpaid internship program that offers students, ages 14-20, a unique and invaluable opportunity to gain exceptional experience in the field of television broadcasting. Durham Bulls Explorer Post 50 is supported and sponsored by the Durham Bulls, Fox 50 and Capitol Broadcasting Company. Now in our 25th season of broadcasting, Post 50 provides the live broadcast of the Durham Bulls games on MeTV, WRAL Sports Plus, MiLB.com as well as within the ballpark. We also provide highlights for FOX 50 and WRAL newscasts. To learn more about Durham Bulls Explorer Post 50 Program, click here.

    This program is an excellent platform for students to explore their interest in broadcast communications and gain practical, hands-on experience in a professional setting.

    Open House:

    • When: Feb. 7th, 7:00-8:30 pm

    • Where: Durham Bulls Athletic Ball Park, 409 Blackwell Street, Durham, NC 27701

    Applications for 2024 Season:

    • Deadline: Feb. 17th, 2024

    • Limited to 70 members

    • Apply - Online Application link.

    Interviews (For all applicants): Feb. 24th and 25th

    Training Sessions (New Applicants Only): Mar. 2nd or Mar. 3rd

    Acceptance Notifications Sent: Mar. 9th

    Baseball Season Runs: Apr. 2 - Sept. 15, 2024

    Learn more: Durham Bulls Explorer Post 50 link.


    Police Department seeks applicants for the Junior Cadet Program
    The Wake Forest Police Department (WFPD) is seeking young men and women interested in joining the new Police Junior Cadet Program. The initiative, which replaced the Police Explorer Program, is dedicated to preparing young adults for careers and leadership in public safety. To qualify as a Police Junior Cadet, a person must have completed eighth grade, be between the ages of 14-20, and have an interest in the field of law enforcement. Junior Cadets participate in meetings, training sessions, ride-alongs with experienced police officers (cadets 18 and older), and other activities as part of the learning process. Training consists of basic first aid, department radio procedures, handcuffing, accident investigation, finger-printing, crime scene analysis, rank structure, leadership,and more.  Members receive a standard uniform that must be worn to all meetings and special events.
    For more information or to apply to the Police Junior Cadet Program, visit  https://bit.ly/WFPDJuniorCadets 

    Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program
    The Lady Cardinal Mentorship Program is a 5-week summer enrichment opportunity for rising high school junior and senior girls in North Carolina who are interested in exploring careers in science, technology, engineering and/ or mathematics within the state government. 

    Bio-Agriculture & Technology STEM Bootcamp
    HSCF is excited to accept new applicants for our final year of the Bio-Science STEM program in partnership with Smithfield Foods, Inc. This program provides a comprehensive view across multiple industries led by engineers, technologists, and top international executive business leaders with diverse experience. Exposure to these leaders plays a pivotal role in student achievement, self-efficacy, and confidence in STEM.
    See details HERE

    Civil Air Patrol (CAP) 
    Civil Air Patrol is congressionally chartered and operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. CAP performs services for the federal government as the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and for states and local communities as a nonprofit organization. CAP is made up of eight geographic regions consisting of 52 wings (the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia). It is a strategic partner of the Air Force, serving as a member of its Total Force. CAP has three core programs: Emergency Services, Cadet Programs, and Aerospace Education.
    For more information, see Fact Sheet HERE.
    Quick Facts: See basic information & content areas sheet HERE. 

    DigitalBridge at Dubois Center

    Focused on training and connecting participants with fast-track, high-paying, digital careers and employment opportunities for ages 18+ and high school graduates. See link HERE for more information. ​We invite local graduates and their families to participate in these programs, especially those who live in the community surrounding Dubois. Interested individuals are asked to sign up at https://mydigitalbridge.org/ 

    Wake Forest Entrepreneurs Academy
    Learn about and then pitch your business idea Shark Tank style.
    RISING 10TH-12TH GRADERS
    Winners get to make their business a reality!
    See flyer HERE for more information.

    Emergency Medical Services Club, Camp & Cadets
    Learn more about becoming an EMT. Wake County EMS also offers an EMT Club, Cadet Program, and EMT FREE week-long summer campClick this LINK for information on all three. See flyer HERE.
    ​Cadet Program Application found HERE.

    Soil & Water Conservation Summer Camp
    See link HERE for more information. 
    See the flyer HERE for details on how to apply!

    The Vets Pets
    For students who would be interested in learning more about working in veterinary medicine.  Students would get hands on training in the following areas:

    • Animal Restraint Techniques
    • Patient Care Procedures
    • Laboratory Sample Handling & Techniques
    • Pharmacy
    • Radiology Safety & Patient Positioning
    • Interpersonal Communications and Interactions
    • Hospital Sanitation Procedures 

    Contact:
    Carrie Fellows, B.S., RVT

    Training Program Manager
    The Vets Pets, Wilson, NC
    P: 843-597-0350

    Biotech in Action 
    Biogen - MIT Biotech in Action has an in-person summer lab and a virtual summer lab for 9th -12th graders.

    Conduct a hands-on lab project, meet with scientists, and get an inside look at a biotech company! You will learn about the drug development process while also conducting a series of biotech laboratory techniques. Each day will focus on lab work, but there will also be opportunities to hear from and speak with employees from a wide range of departments.
    Cost is free. See website HERE for both programs.

    NAACP Empowerment Programs

    Offers youth council and high school chapters. 
    Visit for naccp.org more information.

    ACE Mentor Program 
    Students, are you interested in a career in Architecture, Construction Management, or Engineering? If so, you may want to consider participating the the ACE Mentor Program offered to WCPSS high school students. Students may sign up each fall.

    The ACE mentor program is a national program that is open to any high school student who has the curiosity and drive to learn about a career in design and construction — from contracting and engineering to architecture and landscaping. Led by mentors. Driven by you. As a participant, you’ll join a team of other students led by adult mentors who are practicing industry professionals. ACE isn’t about merely describing specific professions, it’s about immersing you in the profession by engaging you in actual building projects. These can range from new schools and mixed-use developments to amphitheaters and temporary housing for movie stars on location. You’ll visit professional offices, job sites and other relevant locations. You’ll discuss the same issues, and perform the same tasks, as if you worked in the industry. ACE gives you a practical hands-on view of how abstract concepts get transformed into the buildings that make up our everyday reality. Ace Flyer 
    Get a sneak peek of the program by watching this video: vimeo.com/272244502

    ChickTech 
    For females in grades 9-12 interested in a STEM career. Free year-long program with monthly workshops around different careers, technologies, and companies. A fun positive learning experience with the opportunity to meet other young women from the RDU area and create a positive association with technology creation. Activities include: App Development, Building a Robot, Engineer for a Day, Video Production & more! Students must be nominated for this program. 
    For more information: chicktech.org/for-students/

    Police Explorers - Town of Wake Forest
    A Wake Forest Police Explorer is a person between the ages of 14 (who has completed 8th grade) and 20 who are interested in the field of law enforcement. Explorers participate in meetings, training sessions, ride-alongs with experienced police officers, and other activities as part of the learning process. Leadership positions are obtained through elections and the completion of certain training requirements.
    For more information click on the link below:
    www.wakeforestnc.gov/police/community-involvement/police-explorers


    Academic Summer Camps at William Peace University
    For more details about each camp and to register, visit www.peace.edu/summercamps. Seats are limited to ensure all campers get hands-on experience with our world-class faculty. Students can earn 1 academic credit toward their future college degree for participating. For questions, please contact summercamps@peace.edu

    North Carolina Conservation Corps
    The NC Youth Conservation Corps (NCYCC)  accepts applications from youth ages 16 to 24 for summer crews.  As a NCYCC Corps Member, you will build and improve hiking trails, parks, recreational facilities and wildlife habitat, make a difference in people's lives, and have the experience of a lifetime.  Crew members earn $9.60 an hour and may be eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award. Seven week and three week "spike" crews are being offered.  Spike crews are small groups of eight participants who live in tents in a camp setting and work outdoors under the close supervision of highly trained leaders. 
    To apply or for more information, click the link below:
    ctnc.org/projects/service-programs/conservation-corps-nc/


    Disney Dreamers Academy 
    "Disney Dreamers Academy is a power-packed, 4-day event held annually at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, in which 100 select high school students, ages 13-19, are inspired to dream big and get a jump-start on making those dreams come true! Students chosen to attend travel from every corner of the country to participate in a series of sessions and workshops held within the magical setting of Walt Disney World Resort, virtually turning the theme parks into vibrant classrooms where Dreamers can imagine bright futures, make exciting discoveries and learn how to put their goals into action.
    Dreamers engage in a wide variety of experiences while working side by side with some of today’s top celebrities, community and industry leaders and dedicated Disney Cast members." For more information visit this webpage: https://www.disneydreamersacademy.com/be-a-dreamer/apply/​

    GSK Science in the Summer
    Current high school students will perform work as camp assistants and will help teachers lead daily morning and afternoon science sessions for up to 40 students in grades second through eighth at local libraries or community-based centers in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Orange, Vance, and Wake counties. This is a paid position.
    See link HERE for more information.

    Horticultural Science Summer Institute
    High school students are invited to spend a week at NC State University climbing trees, grafting tomatoes, snacking on raspberries, discovering new genes and so much more. The Horticultural Science Summer Institute is a residential, hands-on, pre-college program designed to engage young people in the many career opportunities within horticulture. Any high school student with a career or hobby interest within the field of agriculture and horticulture are encouraged to apply to the summer institute. The cost for the week is $600 and includes on-campus lodging in the dorms, nearly all the meals, field trips, workshop materials, and entertainment.
    See link for more information.
    growforit.ces.ncsu.edu/growforit-programs/hssi/


    Duke's Summer Training in Academic Research (STAR) Program 
    The eight-week program, held, will give participants who are interested in science and medicine real hands-on experience in research methodology and writing. Participants are placed in teams and matched with Duke faculty mentors to work on an original, hypothesis-driven project, originating as a one-page summary and culminating in a complete research paper. A goal of the program is to have every participant qualify for co-authorship on a peer-reviewed manuscript related to their team’s project.
    The STAR Program is held at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C., which has organized educational and support programs for junior faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students as well as high school and college students. Participants receive a stipend to attend, which makes the program an option even for students who plan to work over the summer break. The location is at 200 Morris St. in Durham, NC. More information on our website.

    Triangle Youth Leadership Conference (TYLC) at NCSU 
    We are seeking motivated high school students interested in building their leadership and professional skills to apply for this unique opportunity. Triangle Youth Leadership Services hosts an annual conference to educate and motivate high school students from across North Carolina to create relevant, local change. The Triangle Youth Leadership Conference (TYLC) was founded by NCSU Park Scholars on the belief that change begins with passionate leaders and that leadership development at a young age is critical to lifelong success. The conference is designed to amplify student’s potential and provide them with concrete skills they can apply in their schools and communities. More details at: http://triangleleadership.com/

    Young Innovators Program - Summer Program
    An opportunity for students interested in STEM and pharmacy careers to participate in a summer internship program at UNC Eshelman. YIP is a direct programmatic offering of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation for high school students interested in career paths in STEM and, specifically, the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice. As such, the purpose of YIP is to immerse top tier high school students in research laboratories (where they pursue real research projects), expose them to the clinical environments of pharmacy practice, and provide them with intensive mentoring support aimed at enhancing their scientific knowledge, growing their interest in STEM, and challenging them to think creatively and critically as they solve real and urgent healthcare problems. Overview and a link to apply: http://unceii.org/programs/young-innovators-program/
    This is a wonderful opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the Health Care and Pharmacy world.


    NCSU's Wilson College of Textiles STEP Summer Program  
    The Wilson College of Textiles at NC State holds five one-week sessions of Summer Textile Explorations Program (STEP) each summer. Participants live on-campus, learn about our degree programs, the admissions process, scholarship opportunities and work on a project related to one of our majors. There is a cost of attending this program.
    Summer Textile Exploration Program (STEP)
    Each student has the opportunity to rank their level of interest in the subject areas listed below, and will complete a project pertaining to that subject. 

    • Apparel Design
    • Textile Engineering
    • Business Management
    • Textile Design
    • Polymer Chemistry

    To learn more about STEP, please visit our website. If you have questions, please contact textiles-recruitment@ncsu.edu. To learn more about STEP, please visit our website. To apply for STEP, use this LINK. 

    NCSU Design Lab
    We are the Design Lab for K12 Education and Outreach, the pre-college branch of NC State Universities College of Design. We are reaching out to share a summer opportunity for rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. The Design Lab hosts a pre-college summer program for high school students called Design Camp. This is a week-long program that immerses participants in the design process through a week-long studio project. This program is ideal for students who are exploring studying architecture, graphic and experience design, product design, or media arts, design and technology.​ 

    Girls Who Code Summer Program  
    Girls Who Code offers summer workshops for young women to learn coding and make an impact on their community while preparing for a career in Tech.

    Transportation YOU
    Transportation YOU is a hands-on, interactive, mentoring program that offers students ages 13-18 an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers.
    Click HERE for more information.

    AgDiscovery Summer Program
    Submit your application online at:
    www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/home/

    NCSU's VetCAMP - Summer Program 
    Each summer, the Veterinary Professions Advising Center (VetPAC) at NC State University hosts VetCAMP- a week-long camp for high school students to learn about careers in veterinary medicine and the various opportunities within the field. This year, we are excited to announce that we will return to in-person programming on NC State's campus. Each of the 3 weeks of VetCAMP programming includes: 

    • A behind-the-scenes tour of the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM)
    • Lunch with CVM faculty and DVM students
    • Basics of a small animal clinic
    • An introduction to veterinary surgery
    • Suture and dissection labs
    • Hands-on experiences with horses, pigs, and small ruminants at the NC State Animal Education Units

    The camp cost and application can be found on our website. https://cals.ncsu.edu/vetpac/vetcamp/ 
    Questions can be sent to VetPAC_Camp@nscu.edu

    Campbell University STEM Camp
    A hands-on week-long camp where you can explore engineering, pharmacy and health sciences programs.
    www.campbell.edu/conferences/stem-camp/

    NC State Livestock Science Camp
    What is NC State’s Livestock Science Camp? The camp program is designed to have students engaged in the science (nutrition, genetics, physiology, health, engineering etc.) of animal production. Participants have the opportunity to physically engage with animals, their caretakers, and industry leaders. Examples of these include: taking blood samples from sheep to determine their health status related to internal parasites, conducting body measurements of horses to determine body fat composition and overall health, and collecting and evaluating milk samples from dairy cows to estimate the amount of antibodies to ensure baby calves develop a strong immune system. Participants will also have opportunities to conduct laboratory experiments investigating nutrition, biotechnology, genetics, and more. Throughout the week we explore the high-demand STEM careers related to animal science.
    Visit https://cals.ncsu.edu/animal-science/extension/livestock-science-camp/ for pictures, stories, and more information. 


    Biogen's Adventures in Biotechnology Summer Program 
    Hands-on lab project working with scientists and biotech professionals. meet and interact with scientists and biotech professionals. For more information, visit: www.ncbiotech.org/events/adventures-biotechnology

    Duke Splash 
    Held twice a year, this program offers one-day classes. Duke Splash is all about creative and innovative learning. Come to Duke University’s West Campus for the day and take fun, interactive classes taught by Duke students on everything from math proof to Latin dance to Hemingway to how to make truffles. 

    Fidelity Investments’ Boundless Program
    Young women, are you interested in a career in finance? Check out the Fidelity Boundless Summit, Internships and Job Shadow Opportunities on their website at https://boundless.fidelity.com/page/show/events
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