Summer in January – Summer Opportunities Fair for Kehillah Students
What opportunities are out there for high school students during the summer? That is a question Kehillah students answered today when over 2 dozen organizations participated in Kehillah Jewish High School’s annual Summer in January Opportunities fair! Thank you, to all of the organizations (listed below) who attended. Every January, our college counseling team invites organizations to Kehillah for students to learn about summer jobs, volunteer work, academic and travel programs, internships and more.
List of Organizations
Breakthrough Silicon Valley is an educational non-profit with a dual mission. Breakthrough Silicon Valley prepares motivated middle school students with limited educational opportunities for success in rigorous college-preparatory high school programs and entry into four-year colleges and prepares outstanding high school and college students to enter careers in education. As a summer Teaching Fellow, you get to teach and lead in your own classroom and serve as a positive role model for our students. Our own Ms. Jacquelyn Zarrella was a student teacher in this program and she credits this experience with her pursuit of a teaching career.
Jewish Family and Children’s Services
JFCS-YouthFirst is offering a paid summer internship in a variety of businesses along with a meaningful group experience and involvement in the Jewish community.
Oshman Family JCC & Peninsula JCC
The OFJCC is a non-profit organization serving the community. We have summer camp leadership opportunities for teens, as well as year-round social events and community service opportunities for teens.
Steve and Kate’s Camp
Steve and Kate’s exists because we believe that kids can only reach their potential if we get out of their way. We think that schedules, curricula, and standardized tests get in the way of children’s natural creativity, so we trust kids with the freedom to make their own choices, learn from their mistakes, and come up with ideas that we could never have imagined.
The same thing goes for how we hire people. We think that job titles and job descriptions are narrow and pointless; all they do is try to tell you that there’s only one way to do your job. Instead, we just hire amazing people and trust them with the freedom to tackle challenges however they see fit, and they come up with ideas we could never have imagined.
We’re NOT looking for summer camp counselors. We’re looking for YOU. Who are you? You’re a graduating senior, a role model, a facilitator, a guide, a co-learner, a safe haven, a resource, an accomplice (aka “side-kick”), a connector, a big kid, and more. You have a passion for anything from improv to robotics and anything in between. We can’t wait to meet you.
Maccabi Sports Camp
JCC Maccabi Sports Camp’s Teen Leadership program for rising 10th and 11th graders is a unique program that allows teens to continue improving in their sport of choice — basketball, soccer, baseball, tennis, softball, volleyball or girls lacrosse — while also taking on special leadership roles reserved for our oldest campers. Outside of dedicated time in their core sports program, teens will build confidence and leadership skills through planning and leading camp programs, serving as a mentor for younger kids, learning from experienced coaches and enjoying a dedicated Teen Lounge.
Bay Area Friendship Circle
At the Bay Area Friendship Circle, high school volunteers provide friendship and support to children and teens with special needs as together they participate in specifically designed programs, events, and activities. Volunteers learn about individuals with special needs, gain empathy and give back to their community in a meaningful way as they develop mentoring and leadership skills. This is a very popular program with Kehillah students.
Where There Be Dragons
Founded in 1993, Where There Be Dragons is recognized as the leader in cross-cultural education. With operations in seventeen countries, Dragons offers authentic, low-to-the-ground and immersive summer, gap year, and college-accredited experiences. Our programs are built on 9 program components; they are staffed with the industry’s best guides, and we operate in small groups with a high instructor to student ratio – ensuring deep cultural immersion and a holistic travel experience.
Oxbridge Academic Programs
Oxbridge Academic Programs For over 30 years Oxbridge has organized summer study programs for students aged between 13 and 18 (grades 8 to 12) who would like to enrich themselves intellectually while immersing themselves in new cultures. Our programs are held in some of the world’s greatest academic and cultural centers, including Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews, Paris, Montpellier, Barcelona, Salamanca, New York, Boston and Los Angeles, and offer a wide variety of courses, ranging from History, Medicine, Law, and Business to Art, Fashion, Photography, Psychology, and French and Spanish immersion, among many others. These courses are taught in small groups by leading university academics and creative professionals. For more information, including dates, a complete listing of courses, and faculty, visit www.oxbridgeprograms.com.
Reading Partners provides one on one tutoring to K-4th grade students in the Redwood City area who are reading below grade level. We are looking for volunteers who will be paired with a student for a semester. It is a minimum commitment of one hour per week. We also have internships available!
Academy of Art University
Like the city it’s called home since 1929, Academy of Art University has always existed on the vanguard of innovation and creativity. The Academy and San Francisco have grown up together and served as mutual sources of inspiration and talent.
Academy of Art University offers a scholarship based Pre-College program available to all current High School students proficient in English. Scholarships cover tuition costs of up to 2 classes for Fall/Spring and up to 4 classes for Summer semester.
As part of the program, you will:
- Get an introduction to life at a top art and design university
- Get help in building a solid portfolio (Create pieces for a solid portfolio)
- Earn college credit towards Academy of Art University for up to 2 undergraduate Elective classes (3 Pre-College classes successfully completed with a grade “C” or higher = 1 undergraduate Elective class) – Excludes B.Arch, Art Education and AA programs.
- Discover career opportunities in various fields of art and design before enrolling as an undergraduate student
Riekes Center for Human Enhancement
The Riekes Center’s mission is to provide each student with the best possible opportunity to define and accomplish individual goals, build character and learn transferable life skills through Creative Arts, Athletic Fitness and Nature Awareness, in an environment of non-judgment and mutual respect.
The Community Service & Leadership Department offers useful opportunities to get involved with the community and gain valuable leadership and life skills while working in a fun environment within a supportive team.
Camp Keff has a variety of summer programs for teens entering grades 7 – 10. Trip and Travel, Maker and Industrial Arts, plus a trip to Disneyland! This summer is packed with something for everyone. www.campkeff.org/teens
LifeMoves provides shelter & services for homeless families & individuals from San Jose to Daly City. We will be recruiting for our ACES Summer Adventure Camp Counselor positions – we have 5 summer camps this summer – minimum commitment is 2 weeks (not consecutive) during the 7-week camp.
BBYO Central Region West
BBYO’s pluralistic movement of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers, and philanthropists will serve as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering to the post- Bar/Bat Mitzvah audience fun, meaningful and affordable experiences that inspire a lasting connection to the Jewish people.
Young Judaea has been providing Israel programs for Jewish youth for over 60 years! Our values include leadership, pluralism, Zionism, Judaism and Tikkun Olam and they are ingrained in everything we do. We have two summer programs that give out participants meaningful and memorable experiences in Israel filled with exploration, fun and new friends.
- Israel Discovery is a 4-week introduction tour to Israel where you will begin to explore the historical, cultural, religious and political spheres that make Israel amazing! Do this while hiking, rappelling, rafting, and even sleeping under the stars.
- Brushstrokes is a 4-week art program that allows you to discover, express and create various projects with Israel as your background! Work alongside artists at the famous Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem while getting to know the various art scenes in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
- Both programs have a Special Interest Week where you can choose from volunteer projects, a simulated army experience through Gadna or hike the famous Sea-to-Sea trail. You will also compete in our 2-day Macabbiah games with hundreds of other teens from around the world!
Global Citizen Year
Global Citizen Year is a gap year program that brings bold high school grads to live and work in Senegal, Ecuador, Brazil, and India. Each year they recruit and train a diverse corps of the brightest young leaders from America and beyond and support them through a school-year-long immersion in communities that represent the “global majority.” Fellows live with local families and apprentice to projects in education, health, the environment, and more. The length and depth of their immersion is transformative: by living alongside the problems they’re solving, Fellows experience the difference between “feel good” and “real good” in creating social change. For more information reach out to Regina at email@example.com
NCSY hosts over 19 summer programs for Jewish teens. These include volunteering opportunities in Europe, USA and Israel, the Israel programs with a range on emphasis for social action, Israel advocacy and touring, internships, and others.
Camp Tawonga is offering two application-based leadership programs for this upcoming summer season for rising 11th and 12th graders. Our Teen Leadership Institute (TLI) for rising 11th and 12th graders focuses on personal leadership, service and outdoor experiences. Our Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program for rising 12th graders focuses on learning how to work with kids in a summer camp setting and putting those skills to use, directly impacting their camp experience. Applications are now live!
City of Palo Alto Recreation Services
The City of Palo Alto’s Recreation division is hiring for camp counselors to work our fun Foothills summer camps!
City of Palo Alto
The representative will oversee the middle school sports program and will need to find coaches. They will also be recruiting summer camp counselors.
We offer bachelors and associates degrees in programs such as Advertising, Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Interior Design, Fashion Marketing, Culinary Arts and many more. Quite often, we find students who are highly creative but have little awareness how to channel their talents into real-world opportunities. Our presentations are designed to assist students to realize their skills and understand how they may apply their creative talents in their futures. I also cover the importance of scholarships, grants vs. loans and opportunity to earn college credit.
Several Bay Area high schoolers will be taking a service trip to Costa Rica or Guatemala this summer through a local non-profit called Dream Volunteers. This trip is open to high school students who have an interest in taking a meaningful service and cultural immersion trip. No Spanish is required. The group will engage with local teens, focusing on sustainable development projects in a small, rural mountain village in Central Costa Rica or Guatemala. To learn about these trips, watch our video presentation and visit the dream volunteers website. Dream Volunteers has organized service trips since 2007 for several local schools including Woodside Priory, Keys Middle and Summit Prep. For questions, contact Brian Buntz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-317-0884.
Hope Musical Theatre Summer Camp
Become a theatrical leader! Hope Musical Theatre offers a fun and exciting CIT (Counselors in Training) program to get teens involved in a leadership role. All CIT’s will be very involved with the theatre process.
Come join us and be an integral part of putting on our show! (And a chance to have a feature performance in the show as well!) It is our goal to give the CIT campers the skills that will allow them to assume additional leadership positions in the future, perhaps as paid counselors at Hope Musical Theatre! (Entering 9th grade and up) We also have paid staff positions available: Head Counselors, Game Coordinators, Costume Assistants, Prop Masters, Stage Managers and more! (Entering 11th grade and up.) *Must be available for all dress and show days or more.
Great Jewish Books Summer Program
In the Great Jewish Books Summer Program, high school students read, discuss, argue about, and fall in love with modern Jewish literature at a five-day summer program on the campus of Hampshire College.
Kelly Writers Workshop Summer Program at U Penn
Our summer workshop provides creative high school students, especially those who have not had similar opportunities, with the chance to dedicate full days to the practice of writing. Students will develop their own work and will read and critique their peers’ writing in a setting similar to an undergraduate writing workshop. There will also be time to explore Penn and Philadelphia with fellow workshop students and program staff.
Gap Guides is a free gap year website made by gappers for gappers. We walk you through your gap year from making the decision to planning and organizing with our expert mentors.
CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to free, high-quality educational materials through the FlexBook® platform and various concept-based modalities. We are recruiting stellar summer interns to work on one or more projects. Projects for Summer 2018 will include User Experience Testing, Content Curation and Creation, and others to be announced. This opportunity is a paid internship unless a student would like to fulfill community service requirements.
DIGIVATIONS CAMP DEMIGOD INSTITUTE
NASA award-winning DIGIVATIONS CAMP DEMIGOD INSTITUTE and Overnight Innovation & Literary Camp DEMIGOD provides STEM+ARTS+MOVEMENT K-22 and professional development programs and training. We offer programs in Canada, Leavenworth, WA, and now in Silicon Valley. Our pre-collegiate and collegiate institutes prepare youth to successfully navigate and participate in the AI and Singularity World.
Camp DEMIGOD features the World’s First & Only Camp Half-Blood, Harry Potter Camp and Camp Fandoms ranging from Dr. Who, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and many more.
Campers immerse themselves in the sciences, arts, drama, humanities, music and various games and sports including archery, swimming, and Quidditch. They learn from professionals with years of experience in all related fields and apply their new knowledge and skills creating various projects (World Building, Skits, Plays and much more).
Youth are invited to attend as Campers and, if they have experience with and love working with youth ages 8-17, they can apply to be Assistant Counselors in Training and Counselors in Training. Jacob Berman was the entrepreneurial spirit leading to the founding of CA.