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Summer Programs and Community Service Opportunities

Tarheel Girls State
This summer program is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and allows rising senior females to spend a week on the campus of Catawba College creating city & state governments, electing officials, writing & debating bills, and more!  Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 18, be ranked in the top 1/3 of her class or have an unweighted GPA of at least 3.0, and have been an NC resident for at least one year. The 2020 session of Tarheel Girls State will run from June 14-20. If you are interested in applying, see Mrs. Henson.
Camp Med
Camp Med is designed to identify, recruit, educate, and prepare high school students for careers in health professions.  Camp activities include presentations, tours, observations, and clinical experiences. Applicants should be current 9th-12th grade students with an interest in the medical field who have at least a 2.5 GPA. The 2020 Surry/Yadkin Camp Med will run from June 3-5, and students must apply by April 30th at
NC Youth Tour
The Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation sponsors one student each summer to travel to Washington, D.C. for a week-long educational experience.  Selected students will have the opportunity to visit D.C.'s most iconic sites, meet with legislators, and get to know other students from across the country.  Applicants must be current juniors and must apply by December 6, 2019.  More information can be found at  
Hamilton Scholars Program
The Hamilton Scholars program selects 35 underserved high school juniors each year to participate in its no-cost, 5-year empowerment program.  These students receive mentorship, practical guidance, and a network of support to help them transition to college and career, increase their financial literacy, and help them develop knowledge and leadership skills to move them forward in their journey.  Winners also receive a $500 scholarship.  Applicants must be high-achieving, service-focused juniors who are college-bound and have demonstrated need.  Winners must participate in New York Leader Week from July 11-16, 2020.  Applications can be found here and are due by January 29, 2020.
National Youth Science Camp
The National Youth Science Camp is a FREE residential honors program for two accomplished high school graduates from each state, as well as graduates from other countries.  NYS Camp is held from June 22-July 15, 2020 and includes a broad range of STEM topics, and incorporates creative and performing arts as well as outdoor adventure.  Interested seniors should apply by 6pm on February 28th at
Seeds of Hope Summer Camp
The Heroes Helping Heroes organization is looking for volunteers to assist with the Seeds of Hope Summer Camp.  See Mrs. Henson for more details!
Reeves Community Center Summer Employment
RCC is looking to fill a variety of summer positions, most of which are 40 hours/week.  Contact Peter Raymer for more information at (336) 786-8313.
Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY)
HOBY allows high school sophomores to recognize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Students attend three- or four-day seminars and participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to make a positive impact in their community. HOBY NC takes place in June either in Winston-Salem or Raleigh.  Interested sophomores should submit an essay to Mrs. Henson describing the most rewarding and challenging aspects of being a leader in his/her school and community.   Visit for more information!
UNC Catalyst Conference
The annual Catalyst Conference brings a select group of 100 North Carolina high school students (grades 9-12) to our campus to explore social justice issues affecting both America and the world. Through leadership and personal development sessions, participants are empowered to serve as catalysts for positive change in their own communities.  The 2020 program runs from February 14th-February 16th, and takes place on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill.  There is a $50 registration fee, and scholarships are available for students in need.  Students must apply by clicking here by December 8.
The Perry Outreach Program 
The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students are given the opportunity to hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopedic surgeries and experiments in biomechanics.  The Perry Outreach Program is open to young women in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering. The 2020 program will be Saturday, April 25 at Duke University. Applicants should be directed to fill out the online application in advance of the March 25 application deadline. Additional information can be found at
SATELLITE is a five day STEM outreach and leadership development program with the goal of exposing high school sophomores to STEM careers and postsecondary educational opportunities.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of STEM activities led by NC State faculty and students.  The program runs from May 9th-13th and the cost is $30.  If cost is an issue, please see Mrs. Henson.  Students can learn more and apply here.  Applications are due by February 28, 2020.
Rotary Youth Leadership Program
The Rotary Youth Leadership Program is a leadership experience conducted in a joint effort between the Rotary Club of Greensboro and the Center for Creative Leadership and is held at Guilford College.  RYLP brings world-class leadership training to outstanding high school students.  The week-long program (June 23-29, 2017) provides the same skills provided to business, political, and military leaders by CCL from their 10 international campuses.  Included in RYLP are assessment tests, team-building activities, and mentoring by Rotarians.  Students can learn more and apply here.  Applications are due March 15th.
North Carolina Governor's School
The Governor's School of North Carolina is a five and one-half week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.  A limited number of students may be nominated from each school district.  MAHS nominees are selected by the Scholarship Committee.  Students who have questions about Governor's School should see Mrs. Henson or visit
Summer Ventures in Science & Mathematics
Summer Ventures in Science & Mathematics (SVSM) provides an opportunity for students to foster identified interests in science and math with its enriched program in a university research setting.  Selected students participate in a rigorous, four-week academic program intended to reward and stimulate students who have already demonstrated their commitment to academic growth and development in science and math.  The program is free for accepted students.  Applications must be completed online by January 15th.  For more information, visit or see Mrs. Henson.
Martha Guy Summer Institute for Future Business Leaders (MGSI)
MGSI is a summer program for current high school juniors on the campus of Appalachian State University.  MGSI combines a two-week residential experience at ASU with one week of out-of-state travel.  Tuition is $1,000, plus a meal plan fee of $350.  The 2020 program runs from July 19-August 1.  MGSI is seeking students who are interested in business and demonstrate leadership potential.  The application deadline is February 28th and can be completed online here.
Red Cross "Leaders Save Lives" Program

Leaders Save Lives is a great program for students who are leaders at their schools, students who are looking for scholarships and students who want to build their resumes.

Here's what students can gain from the Leaders Save Lives program:

  • Leadership experience with the American Red Cross
  • Accomplishment of helping save lives
  • A chance to win a scholarship
  • An opportunity to earn a gift card
  • Achievements for the High School Leadership Program
The Congressional Award

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14 to 23 year-olds. Young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities before their 24th birthday. Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Regardless of your situation, you can earn the Congressional Award. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge.


Community Service Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
The ReStore is looking for student volunteers to help with picking up and unloading donations, pricing donations, and arranging items in the store.  Interested students should contact Becky Kipreos at (276) 618-1886.
Mount Airy Museum of Regional History
Do you need community service hours? The museum is looking for student volunteers to help with a variety of tasks.  Interested students should contact Nancy Davis at the museum.
Shepherd's House
The Shepherd's House is a homeless shelter for families located at 227 Rockford Street.  They accept volunteers to help with a number of tasks and projects.  Interested students can reach out to Mary Boyles at or Joshua Edwards at
Helping Hands of Surry
Helping Hands is a non-profit organization that helps families in need with food, clothing, utility bill support, housing assistance, job searches, and more.  Volunteers can help in a variety of ways.  Interested students can contact Polly Long at or (336) 789-5147.

Don't see anything interesting on this page?  Check out CFNC's Summer Program Search Database to look for more opportunities!