Summer Learning Engagement Opportunities for Middle & High School Students

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Summer Learning Engagement Opportunities for Middle & High School Students

Beatz & Books
■ Program of The Indianapolis Public Library |
■ June 1 – July 25th, 2015 – summer reading program for teens and parents
■ Participants get prizes
■ Ongoing program

Campecine Youth Academy
■ Program of the Latino Youth Collective |
■ 6-week program training in New Media Technologies and College Readiness
■ Participants get stipend
■ Application deadline: May

Coding Camp
■ Program of the Kheprw Institute |
■ 3-week summer camp | cost: $400 | scholarships available
■ Application: Ongoing until full

Career for the Future Summer Internship
■ Program of the Indiana Latino Institute |
■ High school seniors are encouraged to apply- career training
■ Participants get stipend
■ Application deadline: March

Youth Farm Initiative
■ Program of Felege Hiywot Center |
■ High School Students – gardening, ecology and environment
■ Application Deadline: April

Health Careers Opportunity Program
■ Program of Area Health Education Center |
■ High school students interested in health related careers
■ Participants get stipend
■ Application Deadline: May

Leadership Institute for Latino Youth
■ Program of La Plaza |
■ 5-week summer program for 7-12th grade students
■ Application opens: March

■ 6-week summer employment and career readiness program |
■ 16-18 year old students
■ Participants get stipend
■ Applications deadline: April

Indy Youth Social Justice Camp
■ Program of Peace Learning Center |
■ 13-18 year olds
■ Application deadline: May

Project Stepping Stone
■ One-week college preparation and readiness program |
■ Open to current sophomores and juniors
■ Application deadline: April

Upward Bound Program
■ 6-week program at IUPUI where students participate and live in dorms |
■ Open to current freshmen and sophomores
■ Application deadline: November

Young Innovators Quest
■ Program of Health & Sciences Innovation |
■ Open to students who are interested in medical fields
■ Application deadline: May

Youth Tree Team
■ Program of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful |
■ 7-week summer job for high school students- city beautification, forestry and urban planning
■ Application deadline: March

Your Life – Your Story – Latino Youth Summit
■ Collaboration between LHO, School of Public Health & Strong Families, Bright Futures
■ One-week summer program for Latino youth ages 14-17
■ Application deadline: May

Television Production Intern
■ Program of WFYI |
■ Open to students interested in television production | 30+ hours/week
■ Application deadline: ongoing until full


Earn and Learn

Do you want to participate in Summer Reading to earn prizes but you think you can’t check out because of your library card fines?

We have a solution!

Check out our Earn and Learn Program that will allow you to read books and clear fines, PLUS you can earn Summer Reading Points at the same time! How cool is that? By the end of the Summer you could walk away with reduced or no fines and some cool prizes.

Ask for the Earn and Learn card at any Library location!

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Who can participate? Any library card holder under the age of 18 with $5 of debt is eligible.


Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay REVIEW

Everything That Makes Youmcstay by Moriah McStay

Available in Print and eBook.

How different would your life be if one thing could have happened another way or not happened at all? In Fiona’s case, it is the accident – when she was five she burned her face leaving it scarred. She says she doesn’t think about the ‘what if…’, but we get to see it for her.

This story alternates between Fiona, the girl with the scar, and Fi, the girl who never got burned. How much difference can living with a scar make? Fiona is more withdrawn and spends her time writing songs that she would never sing for anyone – it would mean opening herself up to others. She has spent her life being noticed and wants to draw as little attention to herself as possible.

Fi is a star lacrosse player. Although Fiona had the desire, getting hit in the face was too much of a risk for sports. Fi lives for lacrosse and is hoping to earn a scholarship to Northwestern. She hangs out with other popular athletes.

Fiona’s grades are excellent; Fi needs to work harder. Fiona has a crush on Trent and has barely spoken to him; Fi and Trent are fellow athletes and best friends. Fiona’s best friend is Lucy; Fi and Lucy can’t stand each other.

Is Fi’s life better without the scar? Would Fiona get rid of the scar if she could? It is a story with many questions and (fortunately) answers. It is sometimes confusing going back and forth between the different versions of Fiona (with the same people inhabiting her lives), but it is an intriguing story that make you ponder ‘what if’s…’ about your own life.

~Review by Will Smither, Indy PL Librarian and Teen Services Committee. You Know You Wanna Read It Blog.

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