Youth in Prince William County have an opportunity to gain valuable skills this summer.
Leadership Prince William (LPW) is still accepting applications for its fourth annual Summer Academy.
The program will run from July 16 through 27, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be held at the Youth for Tomorrow site in Bristow.
Summer Academy will offer field trips and activities geared toward seventh- through ninth-graders.
“The really cool thing about this program is that it is teaching kids life skills and leadership skills in a really fun environment,” LPW Executive Director Andrea Short said.
Each day will have a different theme, such as Health & Human Services Day.
On Health & Human Services Day, academy participants will learn new skills at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge.
“These middle school students are going to be having the opportunity to learn how to put in an IV,” Short said. “They’re also going to learn about some different options for careers in healthcare — everything from being a nurse or a doctor to healthcare IT and medical coding.”
The students will also be participating in Leadership Lemonade Day, where they will set up competing lemonade stands.
Parents, alumni from LPW’s adults leadership program, and business community representatives will be invited to eat lunch with the kids, who may persuade them to try some lemonade.
“The kids are talking them into visiting their individual lemonade stands and spending their money with them. And they come up with all kinds of crazy ideas for ways to get you to spend more than you thought you would,” Short said. “It’s fascinating the things that these kids are able to come up with when it comes to ways to raise money for a project or an organization that they’re passionate about.”
Students interested in participating in the Summer Academy can apply online.
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