What are you doing this summer?

Chaffey students were busy this summer! Check out their testimonials in this video.

There are so many amazing summer opportunities for college-bound students.  Check out the list below to find one that is right for you!  Keep checking back for updates; I will add more as I find them!

Click here for a printable PDF: Summer Opportunities


  • Leadership
  • Sophomore or Junior

Since its inception in 1982, the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP) has offered a once in a lifetime opportunity for California’s youth in Sacramento. The Sacramento Leadership Conference (SLC) brings 120 high school students from throughout the state to participate in a week-long, intensive leadership program. Conference participants attend powerful workshops and seminars that enhance leadership skills, academic preparedness, self-esteem, cultural awareness, and provide an understanding of state and local government. Programming at all CLYLP programs including the SLC is based on CLYLP’s four curriculum “C’s”: Community, Culture, College, and Careers.

Eligibility & Selection

Currently be in either 10th (Sophomore) or 11th (Junior) grade. (Freshman and Seniors are ineligible to apply).

– Not have previously participated in the Sacramento Leadership Conference.

  • Must be able to attend the entire conference week; no exceptions or accommodations will be made.

Cost: Free


College Readiness
Sophomore Women
SCA Scholars begin by attending the two-week Summer Residential Program which provides the opportunity to experience what it is like to live among their peers and study at a private, liberal arts institution. Students further their academic preparation by exploring issues of race, class, and gender through an interdisciplinary academic curriculum. Participants develop their writing, critical analysis, discussion, and presentation skills under the guidance of Scripps College professors, staff, and undergraduate mentors.In addition to the academic program, scholars attend fun and informative workshops, field trips, and participate in recreational athletic or art activities. The SCA Scholars program seeks to serve students who demonstrate high levels of academic achievement and motivation.  Students are eligible to be considered for the SCA Scholars program if they meet ONE or more of the following criteria:
Qualify for free or reduced priced lunch, or otherwise demonstrate financial need
Will be the first generation in their family to attend college (no parent graduated with a 4-year college degree)
Attend a Title 1 school (Chaffey is a Title 1 School)

Cost:  Free


  • College Readiness
  • Freshman

Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) is another amazing opportunity for excellent students to get ready for college.  The program supports competitive students in preparation for and applications to highly competitive colleges and universities.

PAYS is a three-year program that includes:

  • A 4-week, on-campus institute where students work with Pomona College faculty to study core subjects
  • Year-round academic enrichment and application assistance
  • A 12th grade research project with Pomona College faculty
  • Year-round social events

The selection committee will consider every part of the application and make recommendations based on academic potential.  In some cases, the selection committee will request to interview an applicant. Each year the committee admits 30 participants. New applicants must be currently enrolled in 9th grade and attend high school in Los Angeles County, Riverside County, or San Bernardino County.

Cost: Free


  • College Readiness
  • Junior

USC offers a free, year-long program to help high-achieving students with financial need gain admission to and succeed at the nation’s top universities.  The program includes a three-week summer residential program on the USC campus that offers intense workshops on college admission, career, college readiness and more.

Eligibility & Selection

  • Junior in high school (11th grader) at time of application
  • Currently hold a 4.0 GPA or above
  • Enrolled in Algebra II, Trigonometry or above
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have taken advanced placement/international baccalaureate courses, if offered

Cost:  Free

Inland Empire Future Leaders Program

  • Leadership
  • Freshman

The IEFLP Summer Leadership conference is a six-day conference for eighth- and ninth-grade students that this year will take place in Idyllwild, CA at the Idyllwild Pines Camp. A nominal $40 fee is requested per participant to help cover costs of the conference t-shirt, conference picture and other items.

Much emphasis is placed on public speaking, cultural pride, motivation for academic success, and encouragement for school and community involvement. An inherent theme throughout the program encourages love, respect, and responsibility for parents and country.

All Inland Empire 8th and 9th Graders are encouraged to apply.

Cost:  $40

African-American Leaders for Tomorrow

  • Leadership
  • Sophomore or Junior

The African American Leaders for Tomorrow (AALT), is a program that will be held in the summer of 2019 on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills. During this four-day residential summer program, Ninety students are hand selected to receive leadership training and attend workshops on topics such as college experience, financial literacy, and career development through intense hands-on training and workshops.  Housing, meals, program materials, as well as transportation during the conference will be provided at no cost to the participants. For students living outside of Los Angeles/Riverside Counties, transportation to the conference will also be provided.

To be eligible for selection, candidates must currently be in the 10th or 11th grade and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Candidates must also submit the 2019 AALT Application requirements, including two essays, three agreement forms, two letters of recommendation and a provide a copy of their most recent transcript.

Please check the website in February for additional updates and application information. 

Engineering Summer Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • STEM
  • Sophomore or Junior

Engineering Summer Program (ESP) is a fully funded, six-week residential program for students who will be high school juniors or seniors in the upcoming school year. The ESP course curriculum includes math, physics, chemistry, engineering, and technical communications. Other structured programming such as industry site visits, field trips, guest lectures, workshops, and faculty mentoring will help students gain a better understanding of the field of engineering and its applications. Learn more about ESP through the ESP Viewbook or FAQ.

Eligibility & Selection

To take part in ESP you must:

  • have a strong interest in math and engineering
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • be a current sophomore or junior in high school
  • have completed at least one year of algebra, geometry, and chemistry
  • have a minimum unweighted grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Cost:  Free

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) at MIT

  • STEM
  • Junior

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) is a rigorous six-week residential academic enrichment program for rising high school seniors – many of whom come from underrepresented or underserved communities – who have a strong academic record and are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering.  This national program stresses the value and reward of pursuing advanced technical degrees and careers while developing the skills necessary to achieve success in science and engineering. Students in MITES must commit full-time to the program during the six weeks. In 2017, MITES served 75 students hailing from several states across the United States. 

Students selected for MITES generally have the following qualities:

  • Passion for science, technology, engineering and math
  • Strong academic record

We strongly encourage students from the following backgrounds to apply:

  • Underrepresented in science and engineering, defined as being African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native American
  • Potentially the first family member to attend college
  • Absence of science and engineering degrees in family
  • Coming from a high school with low admittance rates to top-tier colleges, especially rural or predominantly minority high schools

OLAB (Opportunities to Learn About Business) 

  • Economics
  • Junior

This camp in mid-July is for risings seniors is completed FREE (business sponsors cover your cost).  The camps is at Wabash College in Indiana. OLAB is a one-week hands-on introduction to business and the market economy for young women and men entering their senior year in high school. Considered one of the premier summer programs in Indiana, OLAB teaches students that business can be fun, creative, challenging, and rewarding. In 2018, 46 students from eight states and three foreign countries participated in the OLAB program.

Students do not have to be planning a career in business to attend. What is required is a desire to learn how business and the market economy affects our daily lives. Many OLAB graduates are now doctors, lawyers, and teachers, as well as business professionals.

Cost: Free

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