Youth Outreach & Education
The University of Texas at Austin has supported student and community engagement in K-12 education since 1891, the year the College of Education was established. Almost every college, department and unit on campus has a pre-K-12 outreach initiative that is making a difference to young people across Texas by sharing the university’s knowledge and resources.
Summer Camps & Programs
American Ballet Theatre Intensive – The summer intensive program is a four-week session, taught by faculty from American Ballet Theatre and The University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance. It will be held July 6 – 31, 2015 and is geared toward intermediate/advanced dancers age 12–18.
Camp C3 (Create, Collaborate, Compute) – A one-week, summer Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program that encourages middle school students to collaborate and compute using some of the world’s most advanced technologies.
Camp Wildflower – Get outdoors and connect with nature in the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s day camp focused on exploration of the natural world. Camps are day long camps that will include activities such as caving, tree climbing, hiking, creek explorations, plant quests, and more!
CODE @ TACC – An innovative and exciting summer program that incorporates a project base learning approach to expose students to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers. Students will foster their talent and creativity by being introduced to the principles of high performance computing, life sciences, networking, robotics, and electronics.
First Bytes Summer Camp is a one-week residential camp program for high school girls; it is designed to dispel myths about computer science and intrigue young women with the potential of computing and the excitement of problem solving.
GeoForce Texas is a summer outreach program for outstanding students from select Houston and South Texas schools and gives them the opportunity to travel to areas of geologic interest at several locations in the United States.
High School Summer Research Academy – This program offers high school students and incoming University of Texas at Austin freshmen the chance to join researchers in the College of Natural Sciences where they will become members of a research team.
iD Tech is the leader in summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education programs for students ages 6-18. At iD Tech programs,students mod with Minecraft, design video games, create mobile apps, code creatively, engineer robots, make movies, and more. These programs are held at over 100 campuses nationwide, including UT Austin, and UT Dallas.
Longhorn Music Camp is a series of music camps for middle school and high school students, from band camp to choir camp to a marimba intensive to Mariachi camp, and more.
McCombs Future Executive Academy (MFEA) is an all-expense paid program designed to introduce students from diverse backgrounds to opportunities that await with a business education at the top-ranked McCombs School of Business. MFEA participants will have the opportunity to attend classes taught by world-renowned faculty, network with business professionals and work together to develop a marketing plan for an Austin-based organization while making new friends and gaining a glimpse of life as a Longhorn.
McCombs Discover Yourself in Accounting Majors and Careers (DYNAMC) takes place from June 21-26, 2015 and is an all-expenses paid program that offers high school students from diverse backgrounds the chance to explore career paths in accounting. DYNAMC is the perfect opportunity to learn new skills, make new connections, and see all the advantages there are to being a part of the nation’s #1 accounting program.
Present your PhD Thesis to a 12 yr-old – Science Doctoral students at UT Austin present a simplified version of their Ph.D. thesis in kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms.
RTF Film & Media Camps – Taught by some of the best film and media makers in Austin, the Department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF) offers one-week and two-week day camps in the summer for youth of various ages. Camp options include Film Production, Video Game Art, Screenwriting, Advanced Filmmaking, Animation, Claymation, and Making Music with Garageband.
Shadow a Scientist – This summer program pairs middle school students with a scientist at the University of Texas for a tour of the scientist’s lab and experiments in progress. The goal of the program is to provide the opportunity for young students to cultivate their interest in science and allow them to experience first-hand what a scientist does on a daily basis.
Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders is an intensive five-day summer program that brings together high school seniors from around the state of Texas for an unforgettable leadership development experience. Subiendo aims to prepare young leaders to address the needs of the next generation by problem solving issues in healthcare, energy/environment, and education. Students have the opportunity to address real world challenges with today’s top business, political and educational leaders. There is no cost for students to attend.
Summer Academy in Architecture introduces individuals of all ages with little to no experience in architecture to the world of space and perception.
Summer Institute – Activating Learning through the Arts is two-week, eight-day intensive for pre-service and in-service teachers, arts educators, and UT undergraduates and graduates interested in using drama-based instructional strategies across the curriculum.
Texas Musical Theatre Workshop – The only program of its kind in the country, the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop (TMTW) is designed to foster the development of new musicals and provide a bridge for high school and college aged artists to the professional world.
Texas Summer – Explore careers, prepare for college, and get a taste of UT by taking art, business, engineering, medicine, psychology, sports management, writing and more in the Texas Summer academic program for G9-12 high school students presented by the College of Liberal Arts in collaboration with the Colleges of Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, and Natural Sciences.
UT Athletics Sports Camps – UT Athletics offers many sports camps throughout the year including football, baseball, basketball, swimming, tennis, and more.
UTCS Outreach shares the excitement of computer science with K-12 students across Texas. The outreach program features school visits, the Saturday morning Breakfast Bytes program and a computer science summer camp for girls.
UTeach Engineering is dedicated to developing leaders in the field of secondary engineering education. The program hosts a six-week summer institute for teachers at The University of Texas at Austin, UT Dallas and UT El Paso.
UTeach UT PREP camps are for accelerated students currently in grades 6–7 interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students explore a number of scientific disciplines and careers. Once students have completed the UT PREP 1 course, they are encouraged to return the following summers to participate in UT PREP 2–4.
Women Engineers at The University of Texas at Austin (WE@UT) is an overnight summer program for high school senior women to explore engineering through sessions, activities, tours, and projects.
YOU@UT is a one day event held twice a year for high school students (9th – 12th grade students) interested in exploring the different engineering careers that The University of Texas at Austin has to offer.
The American Trustees Project uses film to teach young people about the importance of civic participation. It includes lesson plans, videos and teacher resources.
AP Summer Institutes provide Advanced Placement (AP) course training to middle and high school educators who teach or are interested in teaching Pre-AP and AP courses. Institutes are offered in subject areas including math, science, social studies, English, foreign languages and fine arts.
The Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition invites high school students to engage in research and write about African Americans in their communities. Scholarships are awarded.
Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Program enhances knowledge and understanding of the Middle East and brings its resources to schools and the community. The center has a multimedia lending library, speaker’s bureau, curriculum materials and more.
Charles A. Dana Center supports math and science teaching and learning and supports K-12 educators working to implement high academic standards.
ChemBridge allows high school students to earn six hours of college chemistry credit and concurrent high school credit. Teachers receive professional development credit for participating in two workshops for the course.
Drama for Schools is a collaborative professional development program in drama-based instruction housed in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Drama for Schools creates partnerships with school districts to provide support to teachers in the use of interactive games, role play and improvisation to engage students in learning across the curriculum.
GirlAdvocates! – A group of UT Austin students focused on encouraging and promoting education, self-image, and mentorship for young girls in the Austin area.
The GK-12 Program provides teachers and students with innovative learning activities in biology, environmental science, aquatic science, geology, meteorology and oceanography and relates these topics to the impact of environmental change on Texas habitats and residents.
Hemispheres is an outreach consortium that offers educational programs to increase understanding of Latin America, the Middle East, Russia, Europe, Eurasia and South Asia.
The Hot Science – Cool Talks Outreach Series provides a means for leading researchers from the university and other prominent universities to communicate their research to the public with a focus on the K-12 educational community.
Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) is a cross-disciplinary consortium that encourages undergraduates to find their own path through college and explore the opportunities of graduate school. The mission of IE is to educate “citizen-scholars” — individuals who creatively use their intellectual capital as a lever for social good.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has outreach programs for children of all ages that include specialevents such as Goblins in the Garden and organized educational experiences such as field study trips.
LUCHA™ (Language Learners at The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Hispanic Achievement) increases the graduation rate and lowers the dropout rate of Spanish-speaking English language learners by helping secondary students from Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries transition into public schools.
Migrant Student Graduation Enhancement helps Texas migrant students graduate from high school by providing opportunities such as online learning.
The Neighborhood Longhorns Program provides economically disadvantaged students in grades 2 through 8 in Austin with the resources to build a strong academic future. The program encourages self-discipline, promotes enthusiasm for learning and increases student success by presenting incentives to students during each grading period of the academic year.
Saturday Morning Math Group is aimed at junior high and high school students, their teachers and their parents. Math professors and graduate students present entertaining and informative lectures and activities.
Science Under the Stars – A free, monthly public outreach lecture series at the Brackenridge Field Lab founded and organized by biology graduate students.
Speak Up! Speak Out! is a high school civic education program that teaches students about their communities and the difference the students can make.
Star Parties – The Astronomy Department hosts three weekly viewing nights for the public (every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday while UT is in session). Be sure and double check the website for current schedule and locations.
SPURS prepares underrepresented high school students for college-level writing and pairs them with mentors.
The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies Office of Public Engagement provides educator training and curriculum development programs, as well as a lending library of educational materials that facilitate increased understanding of Latin America in K–16 schools and the community.
The Texas Natural Science Center provides guided and self-guided tours and school tours, special events such as Family Fossil Day and curriculum guides.
Texas Space Grant Consortium offers workshops, K-12 programs, classroom activities, professional development and resource materials to make sure the benefits of space research and technology are available to all Texans.
The University Interscholastic League (UIL) was created by The University of Texas at Austin to provide leadership and guidance to public school debate and athletic teachers. Since 1909 the UIL has grown into the largest inter-school organization of its kind in the world.
UTeach – Liberal Arts prepares prospective teachers for the rigors of today’s diverse classrooms.
UTeach Natural Sciences enables students to earn a degree in math or science, while also getting their teaching certification.
UT High School offers a state-approved, rigorous online educational alternative to students who want to earn a high school diploma and prefer the flexibility offered by an online program.
Find a Volunteer Opportunity
Volunteering is a great way to discover new interests, meet friends, develop professional skills and strengthen your community. Individuals and student organizations may visit UTvolunteers.org to find the latest volunteer opportunities posted by community organizations.
The Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement also supports volunteers and local non-profits by hosting the UT Volunteer Fair at the beginning of each semester; providing risk management training modules for UT students and UT registered student organizations; and offering year round service consultation for student organizations.
Join a Student Service Organization
There are currently more than 300 active UT registered student organizations that have a service focus. The Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement houses the Longhorn Service Council, which serves as an umbrella organization for UT service organizations.
Student Activities (SA) in the Office of the Dean of Students offers a number of ways for students to get involved with student service organizations. Students and community members who are interested in locating a specific type of organization can search the Student Organization Database or contact SALD in the Student Services Building (SSB 4.400).
Find a Community-engaged Internship
An internship is a work-related learning opportunity for students to gain experience in a professional field. Unlike a volunteer experience, it focuses on professional development.
A community-engaged internship meets a need in a traditionally underserved community, typically for a nonprofit organization. These internships provide you with an opportunity to explore your interests, network, build professional experience, develop career options and positively affect the community.
To find an internship that will make a difference, search UTvolunteers.org, visit one of the university’s many career search Web sites, find an internship course in the registrar’s course listings or speak with an academic adviser in your college or school.
Sign Up for an Academic Service Learning Course
Academic Service Learning courses provide an opportunity to relate your academic studies to life experiences. There are more than 80 Academic Service Learning courses in a variety of academic departments at the university. These courses allow students to apply their knowledge and be better prepared for life after college.