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Summer Experience Opportunities

This page will be updated as we receive the information for summer 2016.                                 JOBS


Bridging The Gap

Ascent Gap-Year Internships
More and more colleges and employers are looking for applicants that have life experience, more than a degree. Ascent Gap-Year Students have the chance to gain work experience, live in community, develop deep spiritual principles, and leave with a plan for the future.
Davenport University is offering a number of Summer Day Camps for High School Students, grades 9-12.  Space is limited.
Math Camp - July 12-14, from 12pm - 4pm, includes lunch  FREE
Forensic Science Camp - July 11 - 15,  or Aug 8 - 12, 9am - 4pm  FREE
Writing Camp - July 25 - 28, 9am - 1pm, lunch included - ONLY $50 (Fee is hoped to be waived by a grant)

Volunteering with your children is a great way to teach them about giving back 
while instilling skills and values to last a lifetime. Grand Rapids has a great number of organizations looking for young volunteers.  I encourage you to browse through the categories at the link below, keeping in mind your child's interest, age and abilities.


Forensic Chemistry Summer Camp - GRCC

Grand Rapids Community College's Physical Sciences Department is offering two Forensic Chemistry Camps this summer.  The goal of the camps is to provide area high school students who have an interest in science with the opportunity to use analytical instrumentation in an inquiry based forensic chemistry experience.  As part of the camp, students will use these instruments and other methods of analysis to find the perpetrator of a simulated arson crime.  Deputy Dale DeKorte and Ritzey (the arson detecting dog) from the Kent County Sheriff Department, and Terra Wesseldyk from the Wyoming Crime Lab will also be speaking at the camps.  The camps will be held in the GRCC Calkins Science Center, June 20-24, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.  The application and more information is available here.

For the past eight years the Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy has built high school students into budding entrepreneurs. The Teen Academy is designed for high school students entering grades 9 through gradating high school seniors for the 2015/2016 academic year. Our Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy attracts students from across the state of Michigan. During the five day academy, teams of four to five students from different schools manufacture an original business pitch from the idea stage to a developed concept. On the final day, each team will present their idea to a panel of local business professionals for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $5,000! 
Looking for some local opportunities to stretch your student's skills and interests over the summer?  Check out Summer Camps in West Michigan.

LEAD Program
At LEAD, “We strive to address higher education access and career preparation by optimizing cross-sector collaborations and global partnerships that focus on identifying and nurturing high potential youth of diverse backgrounds by developing them into high achievers and responsible leaders.”
  • 100% of LEAD graduates complete high school
  • 99.9% of alumni are accepted into a college or university
  • 65% of LEAD graduates are accepted early decision/action into a college or university
  • 99.5% of LEAD graduates enroll in a 4-year institution after high school
  • Less than 1% of LEAD graduates enroll in a 2-year colleges
  • Less than 1% of LEAD graduates enter the workforce after high school
  • 99.9% of LEAD graduates complete college
  • 97% of LEAD graduates complete college in four years
  • 3% of LEAD graduates complete college in four or more years
  • 53.5% of LEAD graduates were offered need-based financial aid
Click here, then click on Summer Programs
LEAD Program Application (Summer Session deadline is May 15, 2015)

You have to check this site out!

Experience the fullness of college life, including:
  • Enrolling in a 3-4 credit college course in areas such as English, history, biology or psychology
  • Using Calvin's gym for activities like rock climbing and swimming
  • Participating in group devotions
  • Taking beach trips to Lake Michigan
  • Performing in Entrada Talent Night
  • Who should apply?
Entrada is intended for ethnic and racial minority groups who are typically under-represented in higher education, including African American, Native American, Latino and Asian American students.
Application Deadline: March 7, 2016 (please consider this for next summer)

Scholarship and standard applications are now open for Camp Neuro Grand Rapids 2016!

Camp Neuro, run by local medical students, is a 1-week summer day camp open to high school students interested in exploring careers in medicine.

Students may learn more and apply by visiting www.campneuro.org.


Project Seed at Calvin College:  

This internship is focused on encouraging high school students from economically disadvantaged householdsproject seed student to consider a career in science, especially chemistry. Participants are given a research project in chemistry and are supervised by a Calvin College faculty mentor and receive a fellowship award of $2,500 for 8 weeks of full-time work. The summer 2015 program runs from June 8 through July 31; participants are expected to work full-time during these 8 weeks.  Application deadline is April 15.

For more information:

Download the application:


Grand Rapids Police Youth Police Academy 
Application Deadline: April 1, 2016 
The Grand Rapids Police Department will be hosting 2 sessions of our High School Youth Police Academy this summer. The first session is from June 27 - July 1 and the second session is July 18 - July 22. It is open to high school juniors and seniors in the Kent County area who may be interested in a future career in law enforcement. This 40 hour program is designed to give students a taste of what being a police officer is all about. Students who are accepted will receive hands-on instruction from officers representing many of the different units within the Grand Rapids Police Department. There is virtually no cost to the students who attend as uniforms and lunches will be provided. Students who are moving into their junior or senior years are able to apply along with seniors who are graduating in the spring of 2015.


Christian Reformed Recreation Center -  Now Hiring

The Christian Reformed Recreation Center, located at 3450 36th St SE, is now hiring to fill seasonal positions including clubhouse staff, concessions, and grounds and maintenance. We are looking for individuals who are willing to learn, work hard, follow directions, and seek to gain experience and grow in their role. Hours vary based on position and other conditions. Must be available nights and Saturdays. If you enjoy sports and working outside this could be a great place for you to work. The Rec Center maintains 8 softball diamonds, an 18-hole golf course, play ground and mini-golf course. Come visit us and check out our website here and download an application and drop it off at the clubhouse. If you have any questions call 616-942-1330.

The Kroc Center is Hiring!
Looking for a great job? The Salvation Army Kroc Center is always looking for friendly, hard working folks to serve as lifeguards, welcome desk attendants, program instructors, child watch attendants and more! Check out the latest job opportunities online at:GrKrocCenter.org/employment
Camp Michiwana

Team Timothy

team timothy

Ages 15-17

$250.00 for two weeks (Includes the weekend in between)

We know you’ve been around, it’s your turn to show the campers how it’s done here.  Learn to lead by serving, and learn to love by forming a family with Team Timothy.  Two weeks to GET AWAY, laugh, venture out, and make memories to last you all year long.

It’s hard work, you’ve gotta understand that – but it’s totally worth the fun and the friends.  You must be approved before coming, so get your registration and application in early. (Team Timothy applications available online or by calling Camp (269) 623 5168)).

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 You need both the application and the registration form to be signed up for Team Timothy.  You can send them in together (if you don’t get accepted we will return the registration fee) or you can see if you get accepted then turn in the registration form….how serious are you about this?

John Ball Zoo

Are you interested in interacting with and teaching visitors while expanding your public speaking skills? Share your love of the JBZ animals with our visitors and join us in a teen program this summer! Teen volunteers help promote vitally important wildlife and conservation messages. Using a team approach to deliver the zoo's mission to thousands of visitors, their contributions and impact are significant. Through interacting with visitors, teaching youth and caring for our animals Teen Volunteers gain knowledge and skills in a dynamic learning environment.

John Ball Zoo is looking for teens who will be entering 9th - 12th grade in Fall 2016 and who have a passion for carrying out the education and conservation mission of the Zoo. If you are ready for a unique "hands-on" work experience click Teen Volunteer Information  to learn more! ____________________________________________________________________________________

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