Youth Adventure Program encourages career exploration

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: July 14, 2011

What do you want to be when you grow up? More than 250 middle and high school students will come a little closer to answering that age-old question this summer during the College of Education and Human Development’s Youth Adventure Program (YAP).

YAP is a series of one-week courses designed to encourage career exploration in fields of interest to gifted and talented students. YAP is open to all middle and high school age students who are highly motivated to learn, think and solve problems and have a strong interest in future college, university and/or professional school attendance.

Students select a week to visit camp and then a course to study during the camp. Courses range from veterinary medicine and robotics to broadcast media and investigative forensics. The weeklong camp offers a little of something for everyone involved.

Courses are facilitated by university professors and other professionals who make their courses fun and interactive by putting an emphasis on "discussing (yapping) and doing.” YAP also includes social and recreational activities in the late afternoons and evenings to provide student interaction and opportunities for friendship building.

The first set of YAP campers arrived on the Texas A&M campus this week, ready to discover what they want to be when they grow up (or at least narrow the playing field down a bit). Two more sets of eager middle and high school students will partake in the program throughout July.