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Programs, Competitions, & Extracurriculars


2024 Creative Youth Awards

The Bay Area Creative Foundation recognizes artistic expression and encourages community support for Bay Area high school artists through case awards and prizes. $100,000 in awards for creative writing, dance, film, music performance, original music, photography, visual art. In addition to the opportunity to receive a cash award, every artist who submits to the CYAs will receive a free year-long membership to MasterClass and will be included in CYAs online Creative Gallery. Click HERE for a flier. For more information, click HERE.
Free to Enter
Open to all Bay Area High School Students
Deadline: Dec. 13

Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Recognizes high school students who engage and challenge their schools and communities to advance racial equity in order to promote respect and understanding among all. Prize winners receive $1,000 and an invitation to participate in the Princeton Prize Symposium on Race.

Due Jan. 31
Click HERE for more information.

Baylor University's High School Sports Championship 

Presented by Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business’ Center for Sports Strategy and Sales (S3)
How it works:
  • Students in grades 8-12 use the Study Guide (open here) to learn about business and prepare to compete.
  • Professional sellers for the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Pistons, San Jose Sharks, New Orleans Pelicans and the Phoenix Suns/Mercury do the same.
  • Researchers at Baylor’s S3 Center use linguistic analysis to identify top talent by determining which students communicate in the same ways as professionals.
  • Prizes and recognition for top students and schools.
Free Virtual Competition Deadline March 1, Varied Cost In-Person Competition in San Jose Application Deadline March 24.
CLICK HERE for more information.

Summer Programs

Why participate in a pre-college program?

Pre-college academic programs are a great way for students to explore various major and career interests while gaining skills and experience that are valued by colleges and employers. Many summer programs are offerd by colleges, but they can also be available through the government. The programs can range from one week to several weeks. 
Ringling College of Art & Design PreCollege Summer Program
In this PreCollege program, students will take six courses, four core skill building classes, and two immersion based in the majors, and two co-curricular exploratory sessions each Friday, June 23-July 20.
CLICK HERE for more information.
University of Virginia 36th Annual High School Diplomats Program Application Oct. 1-Jan. 15
Ten-day cultural exchange program for American and Japanese high school students. Full Scholarship. Current high school sophomores and juniors encouraged to apply.
CLICK HERE for more information.
Air Force Academy Summer Seminar Application | Open Dec. 1-Jan. 15
Summer Seminar at the United States Air Force Academy gives students the opportunity to experience life on campus firsthand. Specially designed for high school juniors heading into their senior year, Summer Seminar allows participants to live like a U.S. Air Force Academy cadet for four days.
CLICK HERE for more information.
Stanford Tri-Valley Clinical Academy Opens Dec. 4
For high school juniors and seniors. Learn clinical skills, explore clinical medicine, and build connections. Will be held July 22-Aug. 2 in the Tri-Valley. Scholarships available for those with financial need or part of an underrepresented groups in medicine.
Click HERE for more information.
Air Force Summer Falcon Sports Camp Application Opens Dec. 4
Held in Colorado for girls and boys ages 8-18 to hone their skills in the following sports: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, diving, fencing, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track/cross country, volleyball and wrestling. Elite camps available for certain sports. Three summer sessions offered: Session 1 will run from June 10-14, Session 2 will run from June 17-21 and Session 3 will run from June 24-25. 
CLICK HERE for more information.
UC Santa Barbara Pre-College & Research Summer Sessions
Applications open Dec. 15
Fir Acres two-week residential summer creative writing program for 10th-12th graders Due Jan. 1
Students who are accepted to this 60-student program will study and write with published authors, generate their own writing, and explore both the Lewis & Clark campus and Portland, Oregon.
CLICK HERE for more information.
American Musical and Dramatic Academy 
Various high school summer conservatories, both in-person and online with various deadlines.
CLICK HERE for more information.


Report on Your Community Journalism Program

Contra Costa Youth Journalism  program is open to any student in 9th-11th grade attending a public high school in Contra Costa County. Students will receive mentorship with industry journalists and training in writing, interviews, and audience growth with the possibility of earning up to $1,000 in stipends and to be published in local media. Email Program Coordinator Bruce Koon at Click HERE for a flier.
Zoom info session: Dec. 6
Deadline to apply: Dec. 15

Department of Education Nationwide Call for Performing Artists

The Department of Education Nationwide Call for Performing Artists, such as bands, marching bands, choir, color guards, dancers, drumlines, poets/spoken word, soloists, theatrical performers who are interested in showcasing their talent, virtually or in-person at department-hosted events. Click HERE for more information.