UCSD Spaces Summer Summit is a 6-day residential program that teaches campus life, interpersonal and leadership skills, plus university admissions policy and more.

Participating GPA Students: Alondra Lopez Trinidad, Asa Head, Gloria Vasquez, Jazmin Cole, Jenny Phonsongkham, Joselynne Barraza-Diaz, Julie Mancilla, Lizbeydy Avila Solis, Melisa Mauricio Cardozo, Valeria Castellanos, Amanda Chanthanivong, Cindy Hernandez, Fernando Perez Vargas, Jocelyn De Jesus, Julian Padilla, Kianna Collins, Laura Trinidad Ruelas, Linda Velasquez, Senait Hagos, Stephany Sysavath, Angel Gonzales, Jorge Ulloa, Lizette Valdez, Miguel Guijosa

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During Summer Summit I learned that regardless of race, ethnicity or where you come from, we all deserve a great education!
Alondra Lopez Trinidad, Class of 2018

UCSD’s Triton Summer STEM Academy prepares select rising high school seniors through exploring campus life and academic disciplines related to STEM fields. The program culminates with an extensive UC application workshop.

Participating GPA Students: Alondra Lopez Trinidad, Carolyn Razo, Maricela Lopez Salgado, Kaylene Sayachak, Melisa Mauricio Cardozo, Valeria Castellanos, Amanda Siri, Asa Head, Marelyn Marentes, Joana Medina Fisher, My’kayla Shropshire, Peter Moua, Jeremiah Liaina

The time that I spent at STEM, I grew a new found passion for the new technology that surgeons use. Everything was advanced and beyond interesting!
Alondra Lopez Trinidad, Class of 2018

The UCLA Acting and Performance Summer Institute is a 3-week intensive program for high school students in theater arts, encompassing performance training classes, movement-based techniques, guest workshops and field trips.

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While at UCLA, I learned that I was not as shy as I thought I was. I became way more comfortable around others doing what I love to do, which is acting!
Lizzeth Serna, Class of 2018

The Harvard Secondary School Program is immersive, collaborative, and transformative. As part of this program, Lizbeth and Muhammad worked alongside peers from around the world, earning Harvard credit for courses ranging from public speaking to journalism.

The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program aims to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding high school students to pursue careers in journalism. Students from the program have gone on to write for college newspapers and major media outlets across the country.

My experience with higher education this summer has made me realize the importance of being the HARDEST worker in the room. You don't have to attend Harvard or Princeton; but as long as you work the hardest, you'll get somewhere great. I recommend everyone leave their comfort zone this year...whether that's applying for a summer program or making some new friends. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take, so you might as well take some!
Muhammad El-Arbi, Class of 2018

Outdoor Outreach is a summer-long outdoor leadership training, followed by opportunities for part-time leadership positions within local non-profit organizations. The program gives young people a way to turn their passion for the outdoors into paid, working positions, such as guiding outdoor hiking, biking and rock climbing trips for high school students.

Participating GPA Students: Alejandra Arguello, Josselin Garcia Sereno, Lawrence Vallejos

As part of the Girl Scouts Leadership Camp, Day Camp Aides (DCAs) and Counselors-in-Training (CITs) are campers in grades 7-12 who support younger girls in partnership with adult staff. These teen mentors take on leadership opportunities such as planning and leading activities.

Going to CIT Girl Scouts Camp was amazing! There I learned how to lead younger girls to become strong and powerful young ladies. I got to embrace my time out in nature. Spending time away from the city really helped me to appreciate all that I have here in San Diego.
Brittany Durbin-Robinson, Class of 2020

The SAT & ACT Test Preparation Courses at the University of San Diego help students get into their dream college. The program has been helping San Diego’s students succeed for over 35 years.

My learning experience was a lot of fun. I stepped out of my comfort zone and liked being at the university. The class really showed me all the areas I need to focus on in order to be prepared to take the test. I also enjoyed meeting a lot of new people. My professor made the learning really interactive and fun. I highly recommend this PSAT/SAT class. I truly feel this class will help me be more prepared when I test in the fall.
Jazmine Scott, Class of 2019

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