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Student Enrichment Programs

College Fly-In Programs

College fly-in programs are highly competitive college visitation programs for underrepresented students. Institutions fly students in to stay at their campuses for two or three days, allowing students who might not get a chance to visit otherwise to get a feel for the college and campus. In most cases, the college covers costs including transportation, room, and board or offer to reimburse you for some of your expenses associated with visiting their campus.

College Fly-in and Diversity Programs

Student Assistant Programs (SAP)

Voice Through Movement

Is a six week voluntary program exploring, identifying and connecting art with integrative movement. The program focuses on how to decrease one's anxiety and stressors that we endure daily. Studies show that if our personal stressors are not managed in a positive manner, consequences of our personal mental and physical health begin to have side effects.

VTM participants will create two art pieces over the six weeks. Two sessions are about creative expression and self-exploration to discover insightful conclusions about themselves. The other four sessions, will unfold wellness movement related to mindfulness, meditation and yoga. The program is for the participant to develop self-insight using healthy kinetic tools to approach life’s journey in a calmer manner.

Sessions are conducted by MBHS Counselor and Dance Director, Elena Smith

Program established in 2015

Academic Enrichment Programs

EPIC - Engineering Possibilities in College is a one-week summer camp at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo that introduces campers to the varied fields of engineering through hands-on labs taught by university professors and industry professionals.  EPIC provides an opportunity for campers to experience life on a university campus and meet others who share their interests.

Chicano Latina Youth Leadership Project, Inc.  offers several regional institutes throughout California to actively engage students in their nearby communities.  The program is aimed at enhancing leadership skills, academic preparation, self-esteem, and cultural awareness of young people.  

Otis Summer of ART experience is a summer program of art and design.  Geared for the serious youth artists seeking to strengthen and enhance their art and design skills, as well as students with limited art training, are invited to participate.

The Academy of Art University: Pre-College Art Experience is a tuition-FREE art and design education program for high school students. 

SLO Rep Theatre  offers theatre summer camps.

California YMCA Youth and Government program offers students throughout the state of California the opportunity to discuss new ideas, meet new friends and provide a platform for their voice to be heard. During this 5-week program, you will become “delegates” and will have the opportunity to participate in one of three program areas. Outside of their program area delegates will meet weekly with their delegations to learn new skills and debate important local issues, connect with their peers at statewide conventions, and hear from exciting guest speakers.

Personal Growth Programs

Camp Kesem is a unique resource provided by Cal Poly.  It is a camp offered to young people whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer.  It is open to 30 campers throughout the area.  The camp is offered free of charge, and is open to any 6-18 year old who has, or had had, a parent or primary caregiver with cancer.  Click here for information and to apply.

Outside Now involves youth connecting with nature.  Click here for information.

Social Impact Mentorships is a three-month program for rising low-income 11th and 12th graders to find mentors, grow their confidence, and give back. Click here for more information - deadline to register is March 31st, 2021. 

Beyond High School

Coding Bootcamps is an alternative to a 'traditional' college degree. These programs teach students in-demand skills within the information technology industry, and they usually cost less than a college degree. These accelerated programs typically last less than a year, getting students into the job market much more quickly than a four-year degree program.

California Association of School Counselors provides links to resources for the career-ready student.

Peace Corps  is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.

AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve directly with nonprofit organizations to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges.