This summer, the Summer Discovery Institute (SDI) will return to Patrick Henry Community College. SDI is a free college prep and leadership camp for area high school students rising ninth through twelfth grades. The camp runs June 14 through July 23 from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on weekdays. The camp is made possible through a partnership between Patrick Henry Community College, MHC After 3, Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math & Science programs.
The Summer Discovery Institute is an intensive College and Readiness and Leadership camp designed specifically to increase high school success and college admissions. The institute combines hands-on leadership, career, and college prep courses Monday through Thursday in virtual or hybrid formats. On Friday, students can attend field trips to visit college campuses and participate in volunteer and cultural enrichment experiences. Eligible students will be invited to attend overnight trips to explore college campuses and enjoy cultural enrichment experiences.
All camp activities and trips are offered at no cost to families. Transportation to and from camp will be provided throughout the city and county. Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily to students.
“This program just keeps getting better. Each year at SDI, students learn new passions, skills, and talents in areas that pique their interests – things like BioMed, Dance, Graphic Design, or Sports Management to name a few,” said Shanna Francisco-King, Project Director of Pre-College Programs. “Our mission is to make connections and to cultivate students’ success in high school, college, and life.”
Rising seniors also may take classes on completing college applications, admissions and scholarship essays, resumes, and SAT/ACT preparation. Through these courses, seniors will craft a personalized plan to navigate the admission process for the college of their choice.
Camp orientation for students will be held on June 10 at PHCC’s main campus from 9 until 11 a.m. Applications and additional information for course registrations are available at https://form.jotform.com/211093653026146. For more information call MHC After 3 at (276) 656-5489, Opt. 1 or Opt. 3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call Upward Bound at (276) 656-5488, Opt. 1 or email email@example.com
The Summer Discovery Institute is provided through a partnership of programs that are generously funded by 21st Century Community Learning Centers in the amount of $692,143 for MHC After 3 and the United States Department of Education in the amounts of $277,375 for Talent Search, $312,480 for Upward Bound and $312,480 for Upward Bound Math and Science.