Opportunities and Events

News You Can Use: March 22, 2023

I receive tons of information about upcoming opportunities and events that may be of interest to you. Periodically I will gather these announcements and send them to you in this newsletter format. From summer camps to college fairs to webinars to contests, see below for some great opportunities!

Operation HomePort - N.C. State Program for Graduating Seniors

The Department of Agriculture and Human Sciences at NC State University is seeking Interns to work in Child Development Centers on US Navy bases around the country, and in select locations overseas, such as Italy, Spain, Japan, South Korea, and others. These are four-month, paid Internships. The Interns will make at least $15 per hour, 40 hours per week, with their travel and housing paid for.

The program is called Operation HomePort. Operation HomePort provides exciting opportunities that combine travel with personal and professional development for a wide array of individuals (Gap Year, current students, recent graduates, or Career Changers)! Prior experience is not required and there are no restrictions based on academic majors.

Click on the flyer for full Internship Program description, eligibility requirements, and application process on the Operation HomePort website.

Lancaster Bible College Spring Open House

LBC invites all high school students to attend an undergraduate Spring Open House on April 21 OR July 21, 2023. This unique experience will provide you the opportunity to:

– Speak with expert admissions counselors
– Hear from professors in your area of academic interest
– Tour our campus
– Ask your questions to current LBC students…and more!

To register or for more information, click on the link for the appropriate date.

All-Star Code Summer Intensive

Do you want to build your own app, website, or product but aren't sure where to start? Do you want to make a difference in tech and beyond? Are you interested in earning $15/hour to learn or grow your coding skills? If the answers to these questions are "yes", then the SUMMER INTENSIVE is for YOU!

All Star Code is looking for high school age young men of color who want to make a difference in their community & become the next generation of tech change-makers. Space is limited and applications are OPEN!

The 2023 Summer Intensive is completely FREE and will take place July 10 through August 18, 2023, Monday through Friday for live Zoom sessions between 9am-2pm OR 11am-4pm.

Scholars will receive a laptop, wifi hotspot & $15/hour stipend to participate. Devices are the students’ to keep at the conclusion of the program.

No coding experience is required & GPA is not considered during admissions.

All Star Code creates economic opportunity by developing a new generation of young men of color with an entrepreneurial mindset who have the tools they need to succeed in a technological world.

Eligibility: Must be able to attend the entire 6-week program (Mon - Fri., 4 hours per day); Male High School students only; Able to participate in live 3-hour remote technical sessions and 1-hour career skills sessions; Boys and young men of color.

For more information and to register, go HERE!

Academy Night 2023

Students who may be interested in the military, ROTC, and nominations and appointments to our United States Service Academies (West Point, Annapolis, USAFA, USMMA, and the US Coast Guard Academy) will be able to learn what it takes to achieve their goal next Friday!

On Friday, March 31st, at Penn Manor High School, there will once again be an in-person Academy Night for the 11th District of Pennsylvania. United States Service Academy Liaison officers, ROTC representatives and DODMERB personnel will be present to brief on their programs. Information provided will include answers to the following:

· The difference between attending an academy/ROTC and military recruiters
· The value of attending a summer program at an Academy
· Describing the ‘ideal’ candidate
· Determining the difference between a nomination and an appointment

Especially now, with the changes to SAT/ACT standards and extracurricular push, it is important for those students/parents/educators to understand the process and the rigors of the application/admission process.

Click on the flyer below to send an email to request additional information or address questions.

Messiah University Summer Workshops

All of the following workshops are held on the Messiah University campus. Resident students will reside and dine on campus and are chaperoned by trained resident assistants. Local students are also invited to commute (but are encouraged to reside on campus for the full experience). For more information on any workshop, contact Sally Keefer at skeefer@messiah.edu, or 717-691-6013.

1. Young Writers' Workshop, June 25 - 30

This is a unique summer writing program held on the M.U. campus. The workshop provides college-level writing skills development for students in grades 9 - 12, and offers intensive courses in creative writing taught by published faculty and writers. The camp will incude field trips, poetry readings, and other activities, as well as a practical session about how to write a college admissions essay. Class sizes are limited to only 15 students, so register soon! Financial aid is available to qualified applicants and a discounted rate is offered if you register by April 1. Scholarships are also available.

Resident students will reside and dine on campus and are chaperoned by trained resident assistants. Local students are also invited to commute. All rates are posted on the Messiah University website.

2. Young Filmmakers' Workshop, June 25 - 30

The workshop is designed to foster a community of young filmmakers through an enriching summer camp environment that will provide college-level filmmaking skills for students in grades 10 - 12. Classes will be taught by industry professionals and experienced M.U. faculty. Students will discuss and practice storyboarding, shot construction, and hands-on camera training. You will also learn how to pitch story ideas, produce a short video, learn to be a writer, director actor, cinematographer, and editor, and discover the basic techniques on how to bring your creatie vision to the screen.

Register by April 1 to recieve the discounted rate, which will include tuition, room, and board. Financial aid is available to qualified applicants. Register and view last year's student films at https://www.messiah.edu/filmmakersworkshop.

3. Psychology Camp 2023

Have fun while learning if a career in psychology is in your future! Students entering grades 10 through 12 are invited to experience the field of psychology by exploring the biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, stress and coping, developmental psychology, abnormal & clinical psychology, cognition & memory, problem solving & decision making, and leadership & communication. Classes are taught by M.U. psychology faculty and will include experiential learning, interactive faculty demonstrations, and service learning. Tuition (including room and board) for resident students is $699, for commuter students, $599. Register today at messiah.edu/psychcamp. For more information, contact psychologycamp@messiah.edu or call 717-766-2511, ext. 2196. Registration deadline is June 1, 2023.

4. Exploring Careers in Healthcare

This is a DAY CAMP (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) for students entering grades 10 through 12 that examines how healthcare disciplines interact and work together to promote and restore patient health. Program highlights include exploring some of the most dynamic healthcare professions (such as nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, nutrition and dietetics, and applied health sciences), patient case studies and hands-on learning activities and demonstrations, interacting with M.U. faculty, students, and healthcare practitioners, and learning how to intergrate Christian faith with your interest in the healthcare professions. Register by May 22 at messiah.edu/healthcareerscamp. For more information, contact healthcareerscamp@messiah.edu or call 717-796-5360.

More Opportunities

West Point Summer Leaders Experience

The SLE program is a one-week summer camp at West Point. Participating students will live in the barracks, eat in the mess hall, experience academic workshops offered by five of the seventeen academic departments, and complete two military days. Students enjoy making friends and working closely with West Point Cadets during their one week SLE. Two sessions are offered: June 3 - 9 and June 10-16. Students may sign up using the QR code on the flyer below or at westpoint.edu.

City On The Hill Youth Leadership & Worldview Conference

City on the Hill is a one-week experience for high school students that engages biblical worldview principles to develop God-given leadership skills. This week-long experience for high school students is designed to teach worldview principles and develop leadership skills. The action-packed week incorporates top-notch speakers who challenge the young people to think critically and be able to defend their viewpoints in the public square. COTH also provides the unique experience of using the political process as a means of cultivating leadership skills – all conducted in a positive environment where discussion, interaction, and shared-experiences allow friendships to grow with like-minded peers. For the last 22 years, students become Senators for the week and connect with PA Family's staff, volunteers and expert guest speakers for an inspiring, life-changing week.

Location: Lancaster Bible College

Date: Sunday, July 23 through Saturday, July 29

More information: https://pafamily.org/coth/

Lancaster Technology Camps

Lancaster Technology Camps has been offering students technology-based summer camps for the past ten years. Some of those camps include:

  • Makers' Camp for students in grades 4 - 9. Throughout this Maker Camp, campers will utilize coding, circuit boards, and other materials to create and code a variety of awesome STEM projects at the Landisville Intermediate Center. Two camps: July 10 - 13 and July 17 - 20. 8:00 a.m. - noon daily. Cost: $175
  • Movie Making, for students in grades 4 - 8. In this four day summer movie making camp, students will work with a small group to plan, write, film, and direct their own movie! Campers will learn the ins and outs of writing a movie script. After writing their script, students will have a blast making their script come alive by acting in their movie. Students will learn how to film using HD Cameras and edit their movies. Students will get to use high definition cameras, green screens, and editing software. The last day of camp, students will have a movie premier, sharing their movies with family and friends. Centerville M.S., June 26 - 29, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily. Cost: $220
  • Digital Photography, for students in grades 5 - 8. Campers will learn the ins and outs of digital photography and editing. Campers will have an opportunity to try various techniques focusing on things such as composition and the manipulation of camera settings. Campers will learn how to use computer software to enhance, restore and manipulate their digital photos. Students will be provided a digital camera for the week, but if they have access to their own, they may bring it along and learn how to use it! Hempfield H.S., June 12 - 15, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily. Cost: $220
  • Robotics, for students in grades 5 - 8. Campers will have the exciting opportunity to build drive systems, chassis, and mechanisms for their robotic system using VEX Robotics components. Campers will program their own robot design for either radio controlled operation or fully autonomous function using RobotC programming language as they compete with other groups to accomplish tasks. Campers will get to test their robots over rough terrain and even navigate their robots to avoid obstacles! No prior experience required. Hempfield H.S., June 19 - 22, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily. Cost: $220
  • Micro-Controller Coding Camp, for students in grades 5 - 8. get the unique opportunity to combine hands-on learning with computer science. A blended instructional environment will allow you to work with tools to physically build an infinity mirror as well as obtaining the skill set to code your own personal design in illuminating the final product. Students will use C++ to code the mirror. You will design, create, and build your own infinity mirror! At the end of the week, each student will have a working mirror that has been programed to reflect their own interest and ability. Hempfield H.S., June 12 - 15, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. daily. Cost: $220
  • Video Game Design, for students in grades 4 - 9. “Level-Up” your learning this summer with Video Game Design Camp! Through interactive storytelling and compelling level design, video games provide entertainment and practice for problem-solving skills, hand-eye coordination, and creative thinking. we will cover the creative and technical aspects of game design as well as how to use a compelling narrative to drive the direction of your game. Participants will design and program fully functional video games from start to finish with characters, levels, backgrounds, and custom features. No experience required. Landisville Intermediate Unit, July 10 - 13 or July 17 - 20, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. Cost: $175
  • Website Design, for students in grades 4 - 8. you will get the opportunity to create your own website, using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript! You will first learn how HTML can be used to put content into your website such as text, images, hyperlinks, and even embedded google maps and videos. Then you will learn how you can use CSS to style your webpage, changing the colors, size, and location of your content. Finally, you will learn some basic JavaScript to take your website from static to dynamic having the user be able to interact with your site. No coding experience needed! Hempfield H.S., June 12 - 15, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. daily. Cost: $175

Vist Lancaster Technology Camps for more information. Register for all camps HERE.

Relay For Life

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health presents the 2023 Lancaster County Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life is the world's largest volunteer-based fundraising event. For more then 36 years, communities across the world have come together to honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change. At Relay For Life you'll find community members taking turns walking around a track lined with luminaria bags. You'll have the opportunity to cheer for local survivors (or participate as a survivor) in our first lap of the day. Caregivers of cancer patients (currently or previously diagnosed) will then be invited to join the Survivors. Local entertainers will keep you energized. As it gets dark, we will light the luminaria bags surrounding the track in a memorable luminaria ceremony. There will be opportunities to fundraise & fight back!

The Lancaster County Relay will be held at Conestoga Valley High School on Saturday, June 10, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. To participate individually or with a team, REGISTER HERE.

The Lebanon County Relay for Life will be held from 6:00 p.m. on May 19 to noon on May 20, at Cedar Crest High School. Participants should REGISTER HERE for the Lebanon County relay.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT - Previously published but still relevant events

Fully Accredited "Gap" Year Program

.Touch the World is a Christian nonprofit based in Allendale, NJ whose mission is to equip young people to live out the mission of God every day, everywhere.

Beginning in the Fall 2023, Touch the World will be offering a fully-accredited gap year program for high school graduates. If you are a senior and unsure of your plans following graduation, or if you're a junior and looking ahead, this information may be for you.

The program will be based at Touch the World's missions training campus, located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. It's intentionally small (6-8 students) and designed to afford young adults the opportunity for deep, life-changing discipleship while discerning God's calling on their life. Students have the option to earn up to 30 college credits at $250 per credit— quite a financial savings— through Anchor Christian University. These credits are readily transferable to several Christian colleges— including Cairn University, Liberty University, Cedarville University, Lancaster Bible College, Southeastern University, Clark Summit University— and up to 21 of the credits can transfer as Gen Ed to secular universities. The program can also be taken without credits for the base price of $9000 (see below)

More about the program:

The first semester will focus on what it means to find identity, belonging, and purpose in Christ. Students will engage in spiritual and practical life disciplines—both as individuals and a community— to deepen their faith and learn how to work for Christ's kingdom alongside others. The second semester will be focused on processing and implementing all they have been learning. They will study cultural sensitivity and the complexities of poverty through service opportunities in the northeast United States and Athens, Greece. During this semester, students will also study and practice how to be spiritual leaders in a broken world. To wrap up the year, we will aid students to design their next steps by integrating the lessons from the entirety of their experience.


$9,000 plus international airfare for global immersion trip. This covers:

  • food and lodging
  • transportation
  • training and materials
  • all program activities

You can learn more about the Gap Year and find the application on the website or contact Randy Sheagley with Touch the World at randys@touchtheworld.org


Mennonite Mission Network "Bridge Year" Program

The Mennonite Mission Network, along with the Mennonite Colleges & Universities, offer a wide range of options available to you after graduation. Here are three examples:

1. Service Adventure - This is a "Bridge Year" program for young adults ages 17 to 20 that helps build bridges to your next stage of life. Through a 10-month service term (August-July), participants live together in a unit house along with unit leaders, serve with local nonprofit agencies, and connect with a supporting church congregation. Participants explore their faith and gain real-world experience while gaining work skills and begin to discern what they may want to major in at college

2. Youth Venture - This is a short-term service program for teens and young adults ages 15 to 22. Students at any of the Mennonite colleges can have cross-cultural, study, and service opportunities. Participants of Youth Venture take part in a one to three week trip to learn about the work of God happening around the world. Trips this summer include West Africa, South Texas, Indonesia, and a civil rights learnin experience.

3. Mennonite Voluntary Service - this is a one-year volunteer service experience for individuals age 20+, with the opportunity for a placement extension for an additional one to two years. Students are placed in a variety of locations around the U.S. and gain valuable vocational experience, while living in community with others your age and investing in the local church and neighborhood. This is a true "gap year" program.

If one of these programs sounds like a good fit for you, visit the Mennonite Mission Network website for more information and application instructions!

Messiah University Cyber Day Camp

Learn cybersecurity this summer!

The Cyber Camp is a fun and exciting way for you to dive into the world of cybersecurity, available to high school students entering 9th to 12th grade.

This is a DAY CAMP, where you'll explore careers in cybersecurity, cryptography, digital forensics, ethical hacking, safe online behavior, social engineering, and more. You'll learn from Messiah University faculty and local industry experts who will provide experiential ("hands-on") cyber labs, simulations, and real-world case studies. You'll also learn through interactive gaming in a Capture The Flag gaming scenario!

WHEN: June 12 - 14, 2023

WHERE: Messiah University

COST: $225. Scholarships are available.

APPLY: Online at THIS LINK, by May 26. Use the same link for additional information.

Air Force Recruitment

TSgt. Jeremy Anderson would like to talk with YOU if you are considering a career in the United States Air Force!

If you are at least 16 years of age, TSgt. Anderson will answer your questions about the Air Force. If you are at least 17 years of age and know that you want to further explore opportunities with this branch, TSgt. Anderson will assist you with your enlistment paperwork after April 1, 2023. Parental consent is required.

TSgt. Anderson can be reached at jeremy.anderson.8@us.af.mil or his cell 717-480-7251, and he is available by appointment at the recruiting office at 896 Plaza blvd Lancaster.

ABC (All 'Bout Contruction) Girls Camp

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Keystone chapter is excited to offer a FREE 4-day girls construction camp from June 19 - 22! Girls ages 14 - 19 will have the opportunity to explore careers in construction through a mentorship program with industry professionals. Click on the flyer below for more information.

PA College of Health Sciences Medical Terminology Course

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences will be holding an online Medical Terminology course this summer specifically for high school students from June 19 to August 11. Required in-person classes will be held on campus on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The course will include weekly sessions with our Learner Support team to help set students up for success in college. This will be a great introductory course for any students considering a career in healthcare. Once completed, the student will earn one college credit to be carried into a program with PA College or transferred elsewhere.


  1. Must be a rising junior or senior, or a 2023 high school graduate
  2. Must have a computer to complete online work
  3. Cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher
  4. Completed Algebra 2 with a C or higher
  5. Completed Biology (with lab) with a C or higher

How to apply:

  1. Deadline May 15 (seats are limited so apply early!)
  2. Visit PACollege.edu and click on "apply" in the upper right corner
  3. Create an account and submit an application for "summer 2023 high school dual enrollment" (Use code "DUAL23" to waive the application fee)
  4. Request your official high school trancript to be sent to admissions@pacollege.edu

Questions? Contact dualenrollment@pacollege.edu

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