Adventures of the Mind Camp Provides Mentors and Direction
When I was in business school at UCLA’s Anderson School, I participated in the Riordan Scholars program (funded by Major of Los Angeles Richard Riordan back when he was a venture capitalist) which paired us up with inner city high school and pre-graduate school minorities in order to help them successfully apply and prepare for high ed. My first mentee from South Central LA’s Crenshaw High, a high school that needs metal detectors, did all the heavy lifting herself and got herself into every school she applied for and opted for Yale. Now it seems that fellow alumna Victoria Gray has extended a version of this program called Adventures of the Mind for highly gifted high school students (such as yours!). It’s not free but there is financial aid, but the program sounds amazing:
“[Join] a diverse group of students across the United States from all socio-economic levels to spend four days together on a college campus meeting the great achievers of our day who are both doers and dreamers: artists, athletes, cancer-fighting scientists, dinosaur wranglers, entrepreneurs, inventors, journalists, Nobel Laureates, novelists, playwrights, poets, poker players, programmers, public servants, Pulitzer Prize winners, scholars, trailblazers, and world changers.”
Hmmm… life-changing, resume enhancing, and college application building. Sounds like a great program! Read on if you are intrigued, here is her letter to me:
Greetings Fellow Alumns,
Several years ago I created this program for talented teens that I now run as a volunteer. It is like a TED or Davos gathering but with a focus on high school students. Please let me know of youth, including your own, who might qualify to join the adventure. It is so much fun that the students clamor to return as volunteers. Every year many Riordan Scholars participate along with young people from across the nation.
Victoria Gray ‘84
What: Mentoring Summit for 200 high school students
When: June 23 – 26th, 2011
Where: University of Montana, Missoula
Why: Inspire students to maximize their potential
How: Apply by email by submitting name of student, name and contact info of teacher who will complete application and recommendation. Application deadline is May 15th. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, in two paragraphs, tell us why your teen would be a good addition to the Adventures Class of 2011.
The goal of Adventures is to inspire students to explore and develop their talents so they can mature to be contented adults who discover their niche in life. Even more important, especially in this Facebook age, is the opportunity for them to meet each other in person and spend time together. We select a diverse group of students across the United States from all socio-economic levels to spend four days together on a college campus meeting the great achievers of our day who are both doers and dreamers: artists, athletes, cancer-fighting scientists, dinosaur wranglers, entrepreneurs, inventors, journalists, Nobel Laureates, novelists, playwrights, poets, poker players, programmers, public servants, Pulitzer Prize winners, scholars, trailblazers, and world changers.
☼ “Join our Adventure; it is like Davos but with amazing high school students.”
We are especially interested in selecting students who may not fit the traditional academic standards, but who nevertheless possess those special qualities that are essential for achievement. Educators from organizations like A Better Chance, the Illinois Math & Science Academy, the International Chemistry Olympiad, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, the Julliard Pre-College Division, and the U.S. Chess Federation, as well as other distinguished high school teachers from around the country have helped us identify these special students in the past. The Adventures program is in its 8th year and has touched the lives of 700 students who continue to be a part of the on-going mentoring community.
The tuition is $2500. There remain a few partial scholarships for students nationwide.
☼ “Adventures of the Mind exposed me to creative and innovative ways to live life to a greater potential. Initially I did not know what to expect but I came with an open mind to all the opportunities the program had to offer. I am glad I did so, for I have bonded with phenomenal mentors, met life- long friends, and obtained new ideas that will enhance my way of thinking.”
Adrianne Batiste, ’09, Tan Scholar from the 826 Writing Center in California
☼ “Your video of the re-entry from space was absolutely mind-blowing, both for the spectacular views, and because it made space seem more tangible to me, giving me the hope of going to space.”
Alex Pouschine, ’09, Simonyi Scholar, Friends Seminary, New York
Student Achievement & Advocacy Services is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping promising students maximize their potential by offering programs that provide advocacy, guidance, mentoring, and scholarships.