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2016 Summer Camps

Ag-Discovery Program  

Program registration for 2016 is now closed. Please check back in early 2017 for information on next year’s program.
Participants: Agest 14-17
Dates: June 19 through July 2 
Contact: Roz Stein,, (804) 524-1533

Are you a high school student seeking an exciting learning opportunity during the summer? If so, then you may want to consider the 2016 AgDiscovery Program at Virginia State University (VSU)! At AgDiscovery, students ages 14-17 will gain experience in the disciplines of veterinary science and food safety through hands-on work with small ruminants, farmed fish, on-farm processing, and field and laboratory research. We will offer field trips and guest speakers will provide exposure to agricultural production and research, as well as a variety of related professions. All students will live in a university dormitory for the 2-week program. This program is facilitated by the Virginia State University (VSU) College of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Station, with collaboration from USDA partners and industry representatives. The program will be held at NO COST to the students, but participants are expected to cover their transportation expenses to and from VSU (arrival and departure days). AgDiscovery will begin on June 19th and end on July 2nd.


Program: Summer Transportation Enrichment Program (STEP) 
Participants: Grades 9 - 12
Dates: July 23 through July 27
Contact: Amber Dollete,, (804) 524-2479

This program consists of workshops, field trips, computer design classes, and various other activities to stimulate and motivate the minds of youth.


Program: Summer Transportation Institute Program (STEP) 
Participants: Grades 9 - 12
Dates: June 20 through July 14
Contact: Amber Dollete,, (804) 524-2479

This program consists of workshops, field trips, computer design classes, and various other activities to stimulate and motivate the minds of youth.

Undergrad Research Program

Participants: College Students
Dates: May 16 through June 10
Contact: Amber Dollete,, (804) 524-2479


Program registration for 2016 is now closed. Please check back in early 2017 for information on next year’s program.
Participants: Grades 9 - 12 
Dates: June 26 through July 1
Contact: Christopher Catanzaro,, (804) 524-5672

Gain hands-on experience with the world around you through VSU’s Summer Enrichment Program in Plant, Soil & Environmental Science. During the week-long program, participants will learn from experts through experiential learning activities about:

  • Water and environmental issues
  • Food and ornamental crop production
  • Aquatic plants and animals
  • Soil composition, soil health, and soil management practices
  • Resumé building & interviewing skills
  • Career opportunities with the USDA and other federal, state, private industry jobs

INCLUDES: Classroom Learning | Field and Lab Activities | Stay on Campus | All Meals Provided

Application Requirements: Admission is restricted to rising high school juniors and seniors interested in the plant, soil & environmental science disciplines. Applicants are required to complete and submit this online application, including a one-page essay (200-300 words) describing career goals and reasons for interest in the summer enrichment program.

This program is funded by USDA NIFA Award No. 2012-38821-20041, Increasing Undergraduate Enrollment in the Department of Agriculture at Virginia State University.

VBPD Youth Leadership

Dates: July 24 through July 28
Contact: Dr. Penni Sweetenburg-Lee,, (804) 786-9381

The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) program seeks to empower young people with developmental and other disabilities to further develop their leadership skills. Students, serving as Delegates from communities throughout Virginia, participate in a wide range of activities and learning experiences during this summer program set on a university campus.

Hospitality Summer Bridge Program  

Program registration for 2016 is now closed. Please check back in early 2017 for information on next year’s program.
Participants: Grades 11-12
Dates: June 20 through June 22

This summer, the HBCU-HM, in partnership with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, will offer a customized, interactive, informative program for selected high school students nationwide. These are individuals who are projected to seriously pursue careers in the dynamic field of Hospitality and Tourism Management where the opportunities are WOW (Winning Opportunities Worldwide)! The overall objective is to expose participants to the dynamic careers that provide unlimited opportunities for those who want to design and implement high quality products and services to guests, in the hotel, lodging and broader hospitality areas which include event planning, casinos, cruise lines, travel agencies and so much more! Student participants will be exposed to the expert tools of marketing, accounting and finance, human resources and investment strategies through service models. The programs will be conducted at the five universities nationwide.

Space in the summer bridge program is limited to 15 Virginia high school juniors or seniors. The registration deadline is May 30, 2016. Registrations must include a letter of recommendation and a one-page essay. Qualified applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. An on campus or phone interview may be required in order to be selected for program participation. A $45 program fee due on or before the first day of registration, June 20, 2016, is required.


Participants: Grades 9 - 12
Dates: July 12 through July 19
Contact: Shandra Claiborne-Payton. (804) 524-5196

The Gaining Real Opportunities With Students (G.R.O.W.S) summer program is a week-long residential program for rising high school seniors interested in becoming future teachers.  The aim of G.R.O.W.S. is to give students a head start on all aspects of a career in education:  from assessment standards, innovative teaching with technology, classroom management, dealing with students with disabilities, the politics of teaching.  During the program, many members of the professional education programs unit share their knowledge and expertise about how schools work inside and out with the students.  The program ends with a culminating activity where students present to faculty, staff and parents. 


Dates: July 5 through July 9
Contact: Gus Griffin,, (240) 567-5090

Boys to Men (BTM) is a mentoring program specifically aimed at the retention of African American/Black Male students at Montgomery College. It seeks to foster a greater degree of academic success student activism and personal responsibility. BTM will provide academic and personal mentoring for the above targeted student population. Participating students will also benefit from having their academic progress monitored each semester. We will have an off campus gathering/activity as well as a book reading and discussion series.

Knights of Pythagoras

Dates: July 14 through July 17
Contact: Wilktion Shaw,, (804) 221-1846

The Sovereign Knights of Virginia, Knights of Pythagoras is a youth group for boys 8 to 20 years of age who believe in the Supreme Being and are of good character and reputation. The order is devoted to the Christian principles of freedom, justice, and equality under law for all human beings. The order promotes these ideals, together with love of God, parents and country.