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CHICAGO DESI YOUTH RISING 2021 COHORT 
Deadline: Rolling basis
 
Chicago Desi Youth Rising (CDYR) trains, mobilizes and activates Chicago youth to combat racial, economic, and social inequity.
 
The CDYR Leadership cohort is a year-long cohort, starting with the summer leadership retreat for youth ages 15 – 21 who trace their heritage to South Asia and the diaspora, and who want to grow as leaders and changemakers. Participants learn about how systems of oppression shape our world; develop belonging, community, and solidarity across diverse and intersectional desi identities; and build the technical knowledge and skills needed to create social change, such as critical thinking, communication, leadership, advocacy, and community organizing skills.
After the retreat, the cohort will then reconvene at least twice during the 2021-2022 school year. They will have the opportunity to receive funding to put what they gained from the retreat into action and organize community projects of their choice.
 
CDYR welcomes adoptees, desis of mixed heritage, any immigration status, desis with disabilities, and all LGBTQIA+ youth.
 
**In an effort to be responsible and proactive in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's CDYR Summer Leadership Retreat will not follow our usual, overnight structure. Instead of an overnight retreat, we will be holding a “virtual retreat” on August 6-8. The retreat will begin the evening of August 6 with 3 hours of community-building activities. On August 7 and 8, we will have workshops from 9 AM to 4 PM, spaced out to give consideration for meals and breaks. Participants are asked to keep the following weekend (August 14 and 15) free, if possible, for an in-person action around India's and Pakistan's Independence Days.
 
This year’s format has created the opportunity for us to open up a limited number of spots to participants outside of Chicago. We are prioritizing applicants who live in the Chicagoland area and are 15 - 18 years old, but no one will be excluded from consideration.
The priority deadline for submitting an application is April 5, 2021, but applications will still be considered on a rolling basis after that date.
 
Click the link below for the application!
 
 
COLLEGE CONNECT- DEPAUL
Deadline: April 15, 2021
 
College Connect is a FREE annual summer enrichment program for Chicago high school students (from CPS, Charter, and Catholic schools). Designed for high school juniors (rising seniors in the summer), the program introduces students to college-level coursework in diverse fields of study, while also providing college readiness and financial literacy workshops, academic major and career exploration opportunities, and diverse cultural experiences. Students from some 50 high schools from all over the city (and a few suburbs) participate in the program every summer.
 
College Connect 2021 will run from June 28 through July 30, Monday through Thursday each week and we will once again host the program online due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Application is OPEN NOW and will close on April 15. Students interested in participating in the program need to complete the online application, submit a personal statement, upload their high school transcript (PDF is fine), and a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor.
 
We are offering 6 exciting courses for summer 2021. Each student will choose one class and get enrolled in it once admitted to the program. When applying, each student should provide their top 3 course preferences in the application form (and mention their interest in their essay).
 
For more information about College Connect, contact Kate Agarwal at kagarwa1@depaul.edu.
 
Click the link to apply!
 
NORTHPARK SUMMER SCIENCE ACADEMY
Deadline: April 15, 2021
 
Summer Science Academy 2021 is now accepting applications!
 
High school students experience science first-hand at North Park’s Summer Science Academy. Seasoned faculty lead the interactive courses, while current North Park science majors serve as mentors. Students advance their skills and passion for science in North Park’s state-of-the-art facilities. These condensed courses are designed to introduce students to university-level science programs, providing insight for thriving at the college level. Participants can envision a career in healthcare in the Anatomy course, as a forensic scientist and chemist in the Chemistry course, or in sports medicine, athletic training, or physical therapy in the Biomechanics course.
 
We usually keep our classes small to ensure that everyone receives hands-on opportunities. This year, due to current COVID restrictions, seats are even more limited. As of Apr 2, we have the following availabilities:
 

Courses 

Mon-Fri      July 12-16, 2021 

Forensic Chemistry 

9:30-11:30am 

 

2 seats left 

Biomechanics of Body Movement 

12:30-2:30pm 

recommended for athletes and students wanting to explore Athletic Training and related careers 

3 seats left 

Human Anatomy Boot Camp 

3-5pm 

recommended for students wanting to explore healthcare careers 

5 seats left 

 
Priority Registration: April 15, 2021
Final Registration: May 1, 2021
 
We hope to add capacity when and if COVID restrictions lift.
Email Dr. Yoojin Choi with any questions.
 
Click the link below for more information! www.northpark.edu/summerscience.
 
UIUC VIRTUAL PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER PROGRAMS
Deadline: April 16, 2021
 
The program is FREE! There is no application fee! If your students participate and complete the program successfully they may qualify for future College of ACES scholarships!
 
Discovering STEM in ACES Program
 
Discovering STEM in ACES Program is a two-week virtual experience, from July 14th- 24th, 2021, via Zoom platform from the University of Illinois. This program is designed to help students explore STEM programs dealing with food, environment, and human sciences. Students are selected based on grades, stated interest in STEM areas, recommendation form, high school transcript and a final zoom interview that will be conducted in May. We have to receive all information by Friday- April 16th.
 
The final deadline is Friday- April 16th, you can access more information at https://aces.illinois.edu/academics/diversity/discovering-stem.
 
COLLEGE FIRST- CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN
Deadline: April 16, 2021
 
College First is a high-school internship program at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It is a paid, virtual and onsite, internship for six weeks during the summer and monthly meetings during the school year. Students participate in a college level environmental studies course held virtually three days of the week (M,W,F). For two days a week (T,TH) a school bus provides transportation from various designated stops throughout Chicago to bring students to the Garden for onsite learning.
 
What do students do?
  • Learn about plants, prairies, woods, and other outdoor natural areas
  • Work in horticulture, education, plant research, and more
  • Guided by instructors conduct individual scientific research and present their findings
  • Receive professional development and build career skills
  • Explore colleges and universities to find “best fit”
  • Work with staff and receive support in completing the college application process and securing scholarships
  • Join a growing community of SCC alumni and friends
 
When is the 2021 program?
Paid internship: June 28 – August 6, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Unpaid orientation: June 16
School-year meetings: Once-a-month meetings (usually on school holidays or Saturdays) during the school year—schedule to be determined.
 
Who can participate?
Students who are currently sophomores or juniors and are enrolled in a Chicago Public School can participate. Students should demonstrate an interest in science and nature as well as the ambition to pursue a college degree. Students and parents must commit to the unpaid orientation, all six weeks of the summer program, and the once-a-month school-year meetings. Students are responsible for getting to and from the designated bus stops. Students are provided with all materials they need to participate, including a laptop loan and WIFI hotspot to use for virtual learning days.
 
Students who are from a racial or ethnic background that is underrepresented in the field of science (African American, Latino, and Native American) and who would benefit the most from college and career support (low-income, first generation to attend college) are encouraged to apply.
 
What do you need to submit to apply?
  1. A completed application form.
  2. A copy of your second-quarter report card (January) OR the most recent one you have. Please do not submit progress reports. (Do not hold back on submitting your application because you are waiting for a report card. Just submit the most recent one you have to ensure the application is received by the deadline.)
  3. Recommendation form, filled out by a science teacher or community leader (pastor, youth group leader, etc.) who knows you well. It cannot be filled out by someone related to you or a family friend.
  4. Program permission waiver, signed by you and your parent/ guardian.
If you have any questions, please email bcanas@chicagobotanic.org or call Beatriz Cañas at (847) 835-6871 or (847) 849-0488.
 
Click the link below to apply!
 
SCIENCE FIRST- CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN
Deadline: April 30, 2021
 
Science First is a free summer science program that strives to increase students’ knowledge and appreciation of the environment and how scientists study the environment. Students participate in either a three-week or two-week session that take place virtually Monday through Friday. Students are provided with all materials they need to participate, including a laptop loan and WIFI hotspot to use for the duration of the summer program.
 
What do students do?
  • Explore nature and plants through hands on experiments
  • Meet other science-curious students from all over Chicago
  • Interact with scientists and other staff who study and work with plants
  • Gain the skills to conduct scientific research and prepare a presentation
  • Learn about the Garden’s natural areas including our prairie, woods, and river
  • Have opportunities to visit the Chicago Botanic Garden
 
Who can participate?
Students who are currently in grades 6 through 9 and are enrolled in a Chicago Public School can participate. Students and parents must commit to all weeks of the program and attend an orientation with a parent or guardian prior to the start of the program. Students who are from a racial or ethnic background that is underrepresented in the field of science (African American, Latino, and Native American) and who would benefit the most from college and career support (low-income, first generation to attend college) are encouraged to apply.
 
When is the 2021 program?
Science First sessions will take place virtually in June, July, and August, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Students in grades 8 and 9: June 28 – July 16 (three-week program)
Students in grades 6 and 7: July 26 – August 6 (two-week program)
 
What do you need to submit to apply?
To be considered for the program, the following items must be received by April 30, 2021.
  1. A completed application form.
  2. A copy of your second-quarter report card (January) or the most recent one you have. Please do not submit progress reports. (Do not hold back on submitting your application because you are waiting for a report card. Just submit the most recent one you have to ensure the application is received by the deadline.) Note: we are not necessarily looking for top grades.
  3. Recommendation form, filled out by a science teacher or community leader (pastor, youth group leader, etc.) who knows you well. It cannot be filled out by someone related to you or a family friend.
  4. Permission slip, signed by you and your parent/guardian.
If you have any questions, please email bcanas@chicagobotanic.org or call Beatriz Cañas at (847) 835-6871 or (847) 849-0488.
 
Click the link below to apply!
 
UIC CHANCE PROGRAM
Deadline: May 14, 2021
 
Our collective efforts aim to expose students to various Pre-College Programming on our university campus and affords students an opportunity to be “inspired and challenged” by expert faculty who will introduce students to college-level learning. During the Summer Months, we are honored to host three camps. These camps are free of charge, yet limited to a “first-come, first-served” basis.
 
Through these programs, our goal is to prepare high school students for success by allowing them the opportunity to experience college-level academics and immerse themselves in their course of study.
 
 
For more information please feel free to contact our office at 312-355-5025 or via email at chanceoutreach@uic.edu.
 
ISU Virtual Midwest High School Scholars Analytics Academy for Underrepresented Groups Presentations
Deadline: June 30, 2021
 
A program designed especially for academically talented Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American high school students who excel in mathematics, enjoy learning, and like to solve business problems using data.
 
REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
 
To register for presentations please click on the link on the website. Information will be available online at:
http://business.illinoisstate.edu/katie/outreach/minority.shtml. Please register by June 30, 2021.
 
There will be presentations by:
• The Travelers Companies,
• State Farm Insurance Companies,
• Pinnacle Actuarial Resources,
• Illinois State University Department of Mathematics, Actuarial Science
• Illinois State University Katie School of Insurance and Risk Management.
 
Please watch for official times, dates, and links for the presentations soon online.
 
WHAT STUDENTS LEARN DURING THE PROGRAM
 
• Gain an understanding of what kinds of analytics are performed in the insurance and financial services industries.
• Acquire knowledge of how they can use their mathematical ability in various careers in the insurance and financial services industry.
• Learn about scholarships, internships, and professional development opportunities at Illinois State University.
• Learn about careers such as an actuary, a business analyst, market analyst, data scientist, and other related professions.
 
SCHOLARSHIPS
 
Special scholarship opportunities are available in Illinois State University’s Actuarial Program and Risk Management and Insurance Program.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you have questions about the program, please contact us at:
Illinois State University
Actuarial Science Program –
MHSSAA
Attn: Susan Mitchell
Campus Box 4520
Normal, IL 61790-4520
(309)438-7797
Email smitche@ilstu.edu
Or visit our website at
http://business.illinoisstate.edu/kati
e/outreach/minority.shtml
 
Click the link below for the application!
Summer Jobs
 
EARLY CHILDHOOD SOCCER COACH
Deadline: Varies
 
LKsoccer serves families through the delivery of one of the best child development programs in the nation. We are one of over 100 franchises in the nation, bringing children ages 18 months - 10 years old on the journey of child development. We are able to do this through the tool of soccer. While soccer is the vehicle, child development is the goal, as our unique curriculum of games seeks to address the social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs of each child that participates in our program.
 
The biggest part of our company are the Child Development Coaches that serve the children on the field. We are always seeking to find coaches, young and old, that have a heart for children. Coaches that have energy, excitement and yearning to enjoy life to the fullest.
 
As any parent would share with you, they are always looking for role models to influence their children in a positive way. We at LKSoccer are looking for partners to help us find potential coaches, who are looking to make a positive difference in the lives of children.
 
The application is linked below!