Category Archives: leadership development

Be a voice for Maryland students: Apply now, deadline Aug. 15

Looking for a new way to get your voice heard?

David Edimo, the student member of the Maryland State Board of Education, is looking for middle and high school students to join his Advisory Council. The council will be a forum to discuss issues affecting students and will help David communicate with students throughout the state.

While all students are encouraged to apply, David is specifically seeking students who are not already very active in student government. He also is seeking geographic diversity. Serving is not an intensive commitment as the group will probably meet once a month and typically via teleconference.

If you are interested — or know someone who might be, the application is available at The deadline is August 15. Any questions can be emailed to

Teen Leaders Institute at The Maryland Zoo is no place for monkeying around

Chances are The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore isn’t the first place you might think about visiting to learn how to successfully run a nonprofit organization. But that’s exactly the aim of the Teen Leaders Institute, a winter-long service learning program offered to high school juniors and seniors looking for experience with skills needed to run a successful nonprofit. For eight Saturday mornings from Jan. 30 through Mar. 19, 2016, Institute students will participate in hands-on learning activities, group service projects, and presentations to develop job readiness skills such as event planning, finance, marketing, human resources, customer services, and volunteer management. It’s a great place to learn universal skills, too, like public speaking, team work, problem-solving, resume writing, and leadership. And successful participants are eligible to apply for a paid summer work experience at the zoo.

Applicants must complete an online application and participate in an interview with zoo staff. Applications must be received by Monday, Dec. 12, 2015. To apply for the 2016 Teen Leaders Institute, visit For more information, call 443-552-5266 or email

Apply now for Maryland Youth Advisory Council

The Maryland Youth Advisory Council is pleased announce that the application for the 2015-2016 term is now available.  The application is also available online at

In 2008, the Maryland Youth Advisory Council was established through the Maryland General Assembly to ensure that Maryland youth are given the opportunity to provide feedback and recommendations regarding public policies and programs that affect their future and to take a leadership role in creating meaningful change. By providing testimony in Annapolis and policy recommendations, council members have the opportunity to raise their voices and share their experiences with the Governor, State legislature, State agencies, and other youth.

Council members must be 14-22 years of age on September 1, 2015.

Application submissions must include:

  1. Completed application;
  2. One letter of recommendation; and
  3. Resume.

The deadline for applications is July 1, 2015.

If you have questions, please contact Christina Drushel Williams, at 410-767-2547 or

Completed applications can be e-mailed or mailed to the following address:

Christina Drushel Williams

Program & Policy Specialist

Governor’s Office for Children

301 West Preston St., Suite 1502

Baltimore, MD 21201

Youth leadership volunteer opportunity at Irvine Nature Center

Do you like to spend time outdoors, enjoy working with kids, or have an affinity for animals?  Irvine Nature Center is seeking responsible youth leaders, at least 14 years of age, to volunteer for our Summer Nature Camp.  Spend your time helping counselors deliver nature lessons, lead kids on hikes, and play games.  The purpose of the training program is to provide leadership training for youth who love working with children in a camp environment and who are interested in future camp counseling.  The program will provide youth leaders with hands on experience working with young campers and the opportunity to cultivate their skills and knowledge in the day camp setting and have a close involvement with the natural environment.

Spaces limited! Application Deadline is May 15, 2015.


1. Must commit to at least four consecutive camp sessions. (June 15th-August 21st)

2. Monday- Friday, Half day option 8 a.m.-1 p.m. or Full day option 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. June 15-Aug 21, 2015.


This is a volunteer position offering valuable training for future camp, environmental and education-related employment. Community service hours/internship hours given. Returning youth leaders are eligible to apply for the paid junior counselor position.

Contact Kim Scotto, Irvine’s volunteer coordinator, for more information at 443-738-9240 or


Gettysburg College open houses for juniors and academic summer camps

Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores over the coming months.
Junior Open Houses will be held at the college on Saturday, March 28th and Monday, April 27th- Registration information can be found here.

For more information about Academic Summer Camps, please click on the links below:

  • Camp Psych – Students will learn about psychology and conduct research during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Government Leadership Camp – Students will pursue interests in American government, refine their leadership skills, and explore their drive to make a difference.
  • Writing Camp – Students will write and receive feedback during this in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference High School Student Scholarship Program – Scholarship recipients will join conference sessions (including small group discussions, battlefield tours, panels, and more), interact with noted historians, and are provided special programming geared toward high school students.

Naval Academy accepting applications for Summer Seminar

The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school. Summer Seminar teaches young people about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation’s leaders. Students who may be interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the nation’s service academies and serving their country as an officer should seriously consider attending the Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar. Applications are now open. They will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on March 31, 2015! More information and applications can be found at

Apply now! Hamilton Award helps outstanding juniors prepare for, succeed in college

The Hamilton Award, sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Friends Association, recognizes outstanding high school juniors for their academic, personal, and service achievements and selects students for the Hamilton Leaders Academy – a three-year, no student cost program that helps students get into college, transition to college, succeed while in college and transition to the post college world. Only 35 juniors are selected each year from across the country.

Who is eligible?

A Hamilton Award Winner…

• Is a Junior in high school.

• Is college bound.

• Has a strong record of community service.

• Shows a strong commitment to their academic studies.

• Is a self-starter and has proven this through activities such as: organizing a fundraiser, starting a business, creating a club or organization or working to help support their family.

• Shows passion and commitment to their interests. This is often manifested in athletic, artistic or academic achievements.

• Has financial and/or personal need. Hamilton Friends serves students from low-income households. When choosing our winners we take the applicant’s financial, family and community situation into consideration.

• Is committed to participating in the Hamilton Leaders Academy.

Winners are enrolled in the Hamilton Leaders Academy and receive:

• A $500 cash scholarship

• Leadership training in Seattle (2016) and Central America (2017)

• College application assistance 

• Scholarship and financial aid search assistance

• Internship and mentorship opportunities


The deadline to apply is March 4, 2015 and the application and additional information can be found at