The much-admired UCIWP Summer Youth Program completed its 35th year of offering K-12 youth three-week sessions of writing courses in the morning, math/science activities after lunch, and an afternoon selection of sports/fitness or art. Afternoon SAT/ACT Prep classes also were available for high school students.
Beginning this past June, 2017 Summer youth programs were offered in three-week blocks from June 26th through August 3rd at five locations throughout Orange County: Hicks Canyon and Don Juan Avila elementary schools in Irvine, Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School in Irvine, Laguna Niguel Elementary School, and Village View Elementary School in Huntington Beach. Each three-week session featured opportunities for parents to come to class and engage in a science/math experiment and a writing activity.
Summer Youth classes are taught by experienced teachers holding a California Teaching Credential. Most of the teachers have participated in UCIWP professional development trainings: UCIWP Institute on the Teaching of Composition and Literature, summer professional development programs for teachers, and the yearly December literacy conference featuring national experts skilled in improving student success as readers and writers.
The Summer Youth Program attracts participants from California, other states, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East who desire to improve their English language communications skills. Summer Youth was introduced in 1983 by Professor Carol Booth Olson and is administered by Director Tracy Gov and the UCIWP staff. To date, the program has served more than 35,000 K-12 youth.