Pre K-12

Summer Programs for Native Youth

Bridge of the Gods Summer Academy – Lane Community College/University of Oregon – Eugene, OR

When: June 16 – 29, 2013
Application deadline: May 22, 2013 – For more Information: Call James Florendo at (541) 463-5238 or email him at
More Information: BOGSA FAQs


The Bridge of the Gods (Native American Rites of Passage) summer program is designed to teach appropriate indigenous principles of cooperative social interaction to Native American high school and middle school students. The Bridge of the Gods program is based in the tradition of honor and respect for all peoples, and students are informed about traditional ways of knowing. The program’s purpose is to increase cultural awareness among pre-college age Native youth that will lead to improved academic success and increased self-awareness in the college environment.  

The academy is a free, two week long residency program for Native American high school students designed to encourage these students to start thinking about and working toward a college education.  Participants will stay in residence halls at the University of Oregon (UO) and attend classes at both the UO and Lane Community College (LCC) campuses. Students who complete and pass all of the classes during the Academy will earn 3 college credits from LCC.  All students will go through the official process of enrolling at LCC, take placement tests, and register for classes in the academy.

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Journeys in Creativity: An Exploration in Native American Art – Oregon College of Arts & Crafts – Portland, OR

When: June 16 29, 2013
Application Deadline: April 2, 2013

Students will be introduced to the world of Art and Craft, it’s roots in Native American history and culture as well as participate in honoring and celebrating the 10th year of the Journeys In Creativity Program and its art camp. Over the course of two weeks students will investigate new art techniques on a wooded 10-acre college campus renowned for over 100 years of excellence in arts education.

Taking inspiration from five of OCAC’s art and craft studios, students will be introduced to, and work in five different artistic disciplines on campus.  Students will have workshops in each of the studios to create art in Ceramics, 2D Art- Drawing and Painting, Fibers, and Wood.  Workshops will be led by some of the most highly regarded Native American regionally, nationally and internationally known professional artists and art instructors:
Pat Courtney-Gold
Kaila Farrell-Smith
Tony Johnson
Lillian Pitt
Toma Villa

Camp is a fun, challenging and exciting time for the students who participate-and many new friendships are made and kept for years following the two weeks. Each day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 8:00 pm, with some field trip days running longer. Students will be accompanied by Native American chaperones and mentors throughout the program’s duration. The selected students will have the opportunity to explore the life of a college art student as they participate in intensive art workshops in the well equipped studios of OCAC. Daily activities include lively group meals, field trips to local art museums, history centers and galleries and visits to local book and art supply stores, plus social time to get to know each other.

Who is eligible?  
Teens ages 15-19 who can show an interest and talent in art and culture. Preference is for Native American teens.

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Medquest – Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR

When: June 17 – 21, 2013
Application deadline:  April 1, 2013

Medquest is open to students who have completed at least one year of high school. Priority is given to rural students and those of underserved/unrepresented communities. Tuition for the camp is $500, which includes housing, meals and all activities. The camp includes career education and job shadowing experiences. An option is available to receive 2 college credits at $40 per credit.
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Association of American Indian Physicians:  National Native American Youth Initiative – Washington, D.C.

When: June 22 – 30, 2013
Application deadline:  March 29, 2013

Selected high school students will receive a scholarship that will cover airfare, lodging, and most meals during the NNAYI program. NNAYI’s curriculum is strategically designed to prepare high school students for admission to college and professional schools, as well as for careers in health and biomedical research. American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) high school students, ages 16 – 18, who have an interest in the health field and/or biomedical research are encouraged to apply.

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THRIVE: Tribal Health – Reach out InVolves Everyone – Portland State University – Portland, OR

When: June 24-28, 2013
Application deadline: 
Building protective factors, i.e. the workshop tracks, for youth can help reduce the chances of engaging in risky behaviors and increase self-esteem and confidence. Protective factors focused on: connectedness to friends and culture, engaging in activities, support, encouragement, and more! FOR AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE YOUTH ages 13 – 19. 1-2 Chaperones per group registering. Registration is free! Activities, materials, and most meals will be provided. Travel, parking, and lodging are not included.
Possible youth workshop tracks & activities:
• Art
• Digital Storytelling
• Film Production
• Photography
• Song Writing & Production
• Bowling, dancing, and cultural sharing

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Konaway Nika Tillicum – Southern Oregon University – Ashland, OR

When: July 13-20, 2013
Application deadline: June 15, 2013
Konaway Nika Tillicum  which means “All My Relations” in Chinook Trade Jargon is an eight day academic academy exploring a broad range of classes, lectures, cultural experiences and recreational activities for Native American students. Konaway is a completely self-supported program, generating funds each year through grants, donations, and fundraisers. We attempt to provide scholarships for all of our students at $825.00 per child. Each household is required to pay a $50.00 fee upon student acceptance, which will reserve their spot in the academy.
Students selected for Konaway stay on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland and interact with other Native American students while being challenged by creative, imaginative instructors and activities. Konaway Nika Tillicum is administered by the Center for First Nation Studies, Sociology Department, SOU and the SOU Pre-College Youth Programs.

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Med Stars – Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

When: July 16 – 20, 2013
Application deadline: April 5, 2013

Med Stars is a 4 ½ day residential summer experience at OHSU designed for high school and college students to learn about and experience the many career options in health care. Priority is given to rural students and those of underserved/unrepresented communities. Tuition is $300. Students must be current juniors or seniors in high school and be 16 to 19 years of age.
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CURE Program – Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

When: Summer of 2013, 8 to 10 week program
Application deadline: April 5, 2013

The Ted R. Lilley Cancer CURE Program is a research mentorship training at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, and supported by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion. It is designed to offer research experiences to sophomore and junior high school students from socially and economically disadvantaged populations from the Portland metropolitan area. This program provides hands-on research experience and science exposure to students in biomedical research and other health-related programs. It is not a residential program.