Summer Opportunities

AmeriCorps Opportunity

Ionia County ISD will be offering a VISTA Summer Associate program this summer. You must be 18 to apply. The program will run from June 3 to July 28. Summer Associates will receive a monthly living allowance for a total of $2052 for the 8 week period. It is paid out every 2 weeks through direct deposit. After completing the 8-week program, summer associates can choose an education award to use towards college of $1289.95 or a cash stipend of $276.64.

 To apply for the summer VISTA position. You go to: You start by creating a profile. You enter the basic information on yourself. Next, you complete an application. Then, you search for our VISTA program "Summer Associate Program-Ionia". To finish, you hit the "Apply Now " button. You must be logged into your profile to apply.

Michigan Youth Leadership Training

Looking for a teen leadership camp opportunity? Check out the Michigan Youth Leadership Training camp to be held June 23-June 26 at Camp Tushmeheta in Greenville. The cost is $25. The reason for the low cost is due to sponsors. Teens going into the 9th grade-12th grade are eligible to attend. The camp is operated by Ionia County ISD.  This is the 9th year of the camp. It draws students from all over the state. We would like to see more of our local students at the camp. You can go to the website ( for more information.

Flyer: /downloads/high_school/miylt_flyer_2019.pdf

Yale Young Global Scholars

Yale Young Global Scholars emphasizes an open, exploratory, and collaborative approach to learning. Our program is designed to allow students to experience learning in a variety of different university contexts, from large lectures to small seminars, and even the spontaneous learning that happens in dining halls and around campus. Scholarship opportunities are available.

Click here for more information.

Princeton Summer Journalism Program

About the program

The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is a free residential journalism and college preparatory program for high-achieving current juniors from low-income backgrounds who are interested in journalism. Over 10 days, students live on campus at Princeton University and learn reporting skills from professional journalists. They also attend lectures on liberal arts topics led by Princeton U professors. Participants hold a press conference, produce a short documentary, report on a professional sporting event from the press box, attend a play or theatrical production, visit 3-4 major news outlets, and interview subjects for their feature stories in the Princeton Summer Journal. After the program, students are paired with a volunteer college adviser, a professional journalist, to help them through their application process.

Program dates: Friday, July 31 – Monday, August 10, 2020


None. All program expenses, including meals, housing, airfare or train tickets to and from campus, are covered by the program.

 Eligibility: To apply, students must be:


  • Current high school juniors (Class of 2021)
  • living in the United States
  • with an unweighted GPA of 3.5/4.0 
  • who have an interest in journalism (no experience required)
  • and meet one of the financial eligibility requirements below:
    • The custodial parent(s)/guardian(s)’ combined income (including child support received) must not exceed $60,000 annually
    • The student must be eligible for Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch. 
    • The student is eligible for a SAT or ACT fee waiver.

Applying: The online application is available on our website and due no later than Monday, February 17, 2020. Please note that students must submit an unofficial transcript to be considered. You may read about the full application process here.

Michigan Tech University Summer Programs

Great summer opportunities for engineering, computer science, business, humanities and theater.  More information available by clicking this link. Rasmine D. Thomas scholarship applications are due in early March. Contact Hollie Stephenson if interested.