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The Enrollment Lottery is now completed.
 We are continuing to accept Letters of Intent for all grades,
  and children will be added to wait lists, first come, first served.
Please visit the Enrollment Process page for more information.


To help our students learn about a wide variety of opportunities for high school students, this page will share information about programs offered during the summer and the occasional program that occurs during the school year (+).  Be sure to pay attention to requirements and deadline dates!
Youth Documentary Academy  NEW!
Do you want to be a documentary filmmaker?  Check out this opportunity to apply for an all-paid fellowship to learn documentary filmmaking this summer!  Taught by a team of professional filmmakers and instructors at the Bemis School of Art, 9-12 students from the ages of 14 to 18 will learn over the seven week session to make a short documentary film, be exposed to professional filmmakers in the area, make connections with other young filmmakers, and visit local colleges and universities to learn more about career in documentary filmmaking and storytelling.  To gain a better understanding of the Youth Documentary Academy and this fellowship opportunity, go to https://vimeo.com/107767155
For an application, go to www.youthdocumentary.org  Applications must be submitted by April 15th

Memorial Junior Medical School   NEW!
This program is open to current Juniors and Seniors who are interested in learning more about the field of medicine.  Over the two day program, students will work with a variety of health care professionals and gain valuable insight into the careers offered within the industry.  Activities include working with the School of Radiology, clinical simulation lab along with becoming trained in CPR. There will be three different sessions available.  Students must be at least 16 years of age, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be recommended by a teacher or counselor. There is a $15 application fee and if chosen, there is a $60 program fee.  One scholarship will be awarded to a deserving candidate.  For more information and an application, click here.  Students who will be 18 by this summer might be interested in applying for the Learning Link program listed below.
LEADING EDGE  Leading Edge is designed to provide high school juniors and seniors with leadership skills and with the knowledge and connections to empower them to get involved and make a difference in their community. This summer program introduces them to the skills, concepts, organizations, and people that can form a foundation for a lifetime of civic engagement.  There is a cost of $400 and scholarship assistance is available.  For more information, go to this website.  The deadline for applying is April 15.
HOBY -- Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership --  This organization has been around since 1958, providing "rising Juniors" the opportunity to learn about and develop leadership skills.  Students from all over Colorado gather in early June for 3-4 days on a college campus and participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state, and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in their community.  Students are invited to apply in the fall to represent MacLaren.  Currently the fee of $195 requires an investment of $95 from the student.  For more information, go the the HOBY website at www.HOBY.org

GIRLS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL -- Each summer, a select number of "rising Junior" girls are invited to participate in a one-week intensive on-site program held at the University of Denver.  The program is designed to allow each girl to discover her own power to assist in her community. Girls' Leadership Council (GLC) is a program of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado coordinated in partnership with Girls Inc. of Metro Denver. 

The group has the unique opportunity to invest approximately $20,000 in nonprofit organizations around the state. The goal of this grantmaking stream is to invest in programs that ensure girls graduate from high school and promote STEM careers.  GLC participants receive extensive training around The Foundation’s model of grantmaking, including application review, how to perform site visits and learning about the importance of philanthropy by and for women. 

In addition, at the end of the program, two exemplary participants are selected to each receive a $1,500 
Dottie Lamm Leadership Award to support their future educational expenses. Two participants who have demonstrated academic excellence and have an interest in pursuing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) are selected to each receive a $1,500 Lockheed Martin STEM Career Academic Award.  For more information and an application, click here.  This year's deadline is February 1, 2016.

BOYS & GIRLS STATE -- This is an opportunity for current Juniors to learn and experience our form of government in action.  Student delegates from high schools all over the state gather for 5 days in early June on a college campus where "platforms" are created, bills and resolutions prepared, presented and debated along with campaigns and elections.  Two elected "officials" continue on to Boys and Girls Nation which is held in Washington D.C.  Boys State will take place at CSU-Pueblo and Girls State will be hosted by the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.  The program is sponsored by our local American Legion Chapter who either help defray the $300-$350 fee or cover the entire fee (this varies by Chapter).  Click here for an application for Girls State --- due date April 15th!  An application for Boys State can be found here and is due by May 1st.

 In addition to the above opportunities, take a look at these suggestions for making the most of every summer from 8th grade on!  The following websites can also help you options for how to spend your summer:

enrichmentalley.com  Explore the multitude of programs on college campuses.
usummer.com   More exciting opportunities for summer programs throughout the U.S.
summerdiscovery.com  Another website with pre-college enrichment and intensive institutes
discoveryinternships.com  Internship experiences for students, ages 15-18 years old who have completed grades 10-12 in Boston, New York City, Los Angeles and London!
jrdiscovery.com   Discover opportunities for students, ages 12-14, to participate in 3 week long enrichment experiences.

Need some inspiration or direction on focusing your desire to devote some time to volunteering?  Check these sites out:


From time to time, organizations contact high schools with opportunities to volunteer.  Everything from environmental projects to working with elementary school children; food and clothing drives; there are many needs in our community that benefit from the efforts of volunteers.  
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Junior Docents   NEW!
The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Junior Docents is open to students entering grades 6-12.  Program participants are trained to become young educators and guides for visitors to the museum during the summer months.  Junior Docents are trained to interpret exhibits, handle and share information on historic artifacts, and interact with visitors of a variety of ages and backgrounds. Students will volunteer for one or two shifts per week throughout the program's duration, June 8-July 23.  There is a program fee of $85.  The deadline to apply is May 6.  For more information and an application, go to www.cspm.org/junior-docent-program/

Pikes Peak Library District
The Pikes Peak Library District welcomes teen volunteers, ages 12-17 to serve in a variety of roles.  You can serve on the Teen Advisory Board, help as a Study Buddy, assist during the Summer Reading Club, or be a part of the Review Crew, which submits book reviews online.  For more information or to volunteer, go online to www.ppld.org/volunteers

Children's Literacy Center Summer Volunteer Opportunities
Children’s Literacy Center is a non-profit organization that uses volunteers, from the community, to provide free individualized tutoring for children needing assistance with their reading skills.  
Are you 14 or older? Do you want to make a lasting difference in the life of a child? Join Children’s Literacy Center in offering one-to-one tutoring at no cost to families. Choose from 13 tutoring locations for your convenience!  Experienced staff will train you to use our fun, award-winning Peak Reader® curriculum during a single training session that lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours.  Watch your student learn and grow through reading stories, playing word games, and unlocking the meaning of words! You will give your student the skills to succeed for the rest of their lives. Spread the gift of reading…ONE child at a time.
Questions? Additional information about our organization can be found at www.childrensliteracycenter.org.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services   NEW!
Penrose-St. Francis Teen Volunteer Summer Program is accepting applications from students between the ages of 14 and 17 years of age.  Volunteers serve four hours once a week in a volunteer position of their choice which includes patient care, non-patient care and clerical.  After filling out an application, teens attend an orientation where they meet staff from Penrose-St. Francis Volunteer Services, hear more about volunteer opportunities and have an opportunity of ask questions.  For an application to volunteer, go to www.penrosestfrancis.org/volunteer  Applications and a letter of recommendation is due by May 10th!
Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital depends on volunteers to provide assistance for patients, families and hospital staff. If you want to lend your energy and talents to help others during your free time, there are a wide variety of opportunities at Memorial Hospital Central and Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs.
Requirements include:
  • Must be at least 14 years of age to apply.
  • Complete an online application.
  • Adult and junior volunteers are required to submit the orientation packet 
  • Read the online Volunteer Handbook 
  • Have a two (2) step TB test administered at Employee Health with required follow-up visits.
  • Junior volunteers must have a parent or guardian present for the first placement.
  • Adhere to all Memorial Hospital policies, procedures and standards of performance.
For more information and access to the application, click here.

Programs offered year round

LEARNING LINK NEW!  -- Sponsored by Memorial Hospital, students can gain first hand experience in a wide variety of medical disciplines during their senior year.  Many of the choices are only available during the school day which doesn't work with our MacLaren schedule, however there are some offered in the late afternoon and evening and new for 2016 will be some summer offerings. Students must apply in the spring of their Junior year, be 18 at the time you are going to participate and commit to the program for Fall or Spring semester or for 8 week summer program.  Here is a link to the application.  The deadline to apply for the Summer session is April 22nd!

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