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2022 Summer Programs

Looking for a fun, educational pre-college program in New Jersey for your child or teen? Kean summer programs are the answer. Summer at Kean is a great way to keep kids engaged and learning through the summer months.

Camp Premiere

Camp Premiere

Registration for Camp Premiere 2022 is now! Visit Premiere Stages at Kean University for more information.

Session 1: Theatremakers
Students translate their creative ideas into brand new, original material for the stage. Through structured improvisation, storytelling exercises, and acting games, campers craft and star in their own, totally original theatrical presentation for friends and family.
Session 2: Actors Studio
Students focus on the craft of acting through physical and vocal warm-ups, improvisation, acting technique, and scene study. Working closely with industry professionals, campers perform scenes from contemporary plays, selected specifically for unique talents and areas for growth.

Department Premiere Stages
Dates and times

Theatremakers: July 11-22, 2022 , M-F 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Actors Studio: July 25-August 5, 2022, M-F 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Overnight/Day Day camp
Age/Target Grades 6 - 8 (Session I) & Grades 9 - 12 (Session II)
Location

Enlow Hall (East Campus)
215 North Ave
Union, NJ

Contact

Nick Gandiello
ngandiel@kean.edu 
908-737-4081 

 

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Changemakers Entrepreneurship Pre-College Program

Calling all future CEOs, innovators, investors and entrepreneurs! Do you dream about starting a business that is profitable and makes a difference? Join us for an exciting, informative and hands-on summer pre-college program.

Social entrepreneurship (i.e., being a “changemaker”) is about creating goods and services that sell while also making a valuable social impact. Participants will learn how to start up an enterprise and will work in teams to simulate all the stages of business development and launch.

Department Division of
Entrepreneurial Education Initiatives (EEI)
Dates and times

July 11 - 28
Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Overnight/Day Day 
Age/Target Grades 8-11
Location

Hynes Hall, Kean University
1011 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083

Contact

Maryam Raja
eei@kean.edu
(908)737-3072

 

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CREATE at Liberty Hall Academic Center

Creatively Reaching Everyone Artistically Through Equity (CREATE) is a Fine Arts Intensive, pre-college learning experience. It offers young artists a chance to engage in the pursuit of visual arts knowledge with purpose. Students will have the guidance of professional working artists and educators who will assist in the development of their artistic talent, personal discipline, and the tools needed to advance their technique and art career. All students are welcome. Previous art courses are not a prerequisite however art experience is required.

Session 1: (Skylands)The Model of Nature

Students will have the amazing opportunity to be inspired by the great outdoors. The most significant part about nature being one’s model is that it needs no directives. We will learn about our featured summer artist Henri Matisse. Through structured guidance, students will learn techniques, terminology and perfect skills that will assist them in building their artist portfolio. That art, inspired by nature, is then critiqued by themselves, peers and professional artists. Students will then share the story of their art through photography and spoken expression explaining what it means to them and the message they wish to convey to others.

Session 2: Groundbreakers

Students learn the fundamentals of art, color composition, value, form, brushwork and perspective. Their creative ideas will then be transferred onto a canvas of their own, creating their very own original piece and story to tell. Through structured guidance by professional artists, students will be encouraged to develop a style of art that is all their own, totally original, inspired by this amazing learning experience, for friends and family to see in their very first art exhibit.

Session 3: Art Makers

Students will focus on building their portfolios. Mornings will be filled with students learning new techniques and perfecting practices, while afternoons are spent working on individual projects and receiving reviews and critiques from peers, teachers, and even professional artists. Students will also learn about the publishing and professionalization aspects of the art industry. What makes this experience substantially unique is the opportunity that comes at the end of the program, at which point students will collaborate in curating a group exhibition in the Liberty Hall Gallery. Students interested in pursuing a BFA at Kean University will also receive a non-credited portfolio, building experience for completing the summer program. 

Department

Liberty Hall Academic Center

Dates and times

CREATE: Ages 12- 18
Skylands Session I: The Model of Nature (ages 14 - 15)
July 11 - 15, 2022, M-F, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
LHAC Session II: GroundBreakers (Grades 6 - 8)
July 18 - 22, 2022, M-F,  9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
LHAC Session III: Art Creators (Grades 9 - 12)
July 25 - July 29, 2022, M-F, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Overnight/Day

Day camp

Age/Target

Grades 9-10 (Session I ) Grades 6 - 8 (Session II) & Grades 9 - 12 (Session III)
Age: 12-18

Contact

Cisely Martin 
breedenc@kean.edu 
908-737-5301
Deposit: $50
Cost: $325.00 (Art supplies included)

Human Rights in Action

Description

Pre-college program for students interested in human rights and social justice.

Department 

Human Rights Institute and Holocaust Resource Center

Dates and times

July 11-14: Human Rights and Social Justice
July 18-21: Global Human Rights
July 25-28: How to be an Upstander
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Overnight/Day Day
Age/Target Grades 10-12
Location

Human Rights Institute
Kean University
1000 Morris Ave.
Union, NJ

Contact

Sarah Coykendall 
coykends@kean.edu
(908) 737-4632

 

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New York Red Bulls Youth Program

Host: Kean University
Location:

Alumni Stadium
Green Lane
Union, NJ 07083

Field Type: Turf - Outdoor
Dates: 7/25 - 7/29/2022
Sessions:

Mini Bulls (Age 4-5) 
Half-Day Skills Camp (Age 6-14)
Full-Day Skills Camp (Age 7-14)

*Training Programs participants receive one complimentary ticket to any New York Red Bulls regular season home match. The ticket is valid for any section with an accompanying adult purchase.

NJCSTM Group Summer Scholars Research Program

Description

The GSSRP is a 6-week, hands-on research experience aimed at attracting and developing talented students who are interested in pursuing an education in a STEM field. Participants will work alongside faculty and staff on cutting-edge research projects in Analytical Chemistry, Scientific Visualization, Cancer Biology, Machine Learning, Bioinformatics and Modern Drug Discovery.  Participants will gain valuable technical skills and research experience and learn to work as part of a research team. 

Department  New Jersey Center for Science, Technology & Mathematics
Dates and times

Tuesday, July 5 - Thursday, August 11
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Overnight/Day Day
Age/Target 10th - 12th grade high school students
Location STEM Building
1075 Morris Ave.
Union, NJ
Contact

Marianne Gass
gssrp@kean.edu
(908) 737-7204

Website www.kean.edu/summer-scholar 

 

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Pre-College Studio Program: Architecture & Design

You will learn the foundations of form and the built environment through innovative and active demonstrations, exercises, and hands-on projects. Skills in sketching, ideation, physical modeling, computer modeling, and 3D printing will be accompanied by guidance in critical and conceptual thinking for developing and creating design solutions.

Department Robert Busch School of Design 
Dates and times

July 5 - July 28, 9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Overnight/Day Day camp
Age/Target Upper Level High School Students
Location

Green Lane Academic Building
Kean University
Union, NJ 

Contact

Robert Busch School of Design 
design@kean.edu or (908) 737-4740

 

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Pre-College Studio Program: Graphic & Motion Design

Participants will learn the foundations of form and technique through innovative and active demonstrations,
exercises, and hands-on projects. Skills in sketching, ideation, physical prototyping, video and motion graphics, and
experiential applications will be accompanied by guidance in critical and conceptual team thinking for developing
and creating design solutions. They will also get a chance to see their work displayed in a virtual exhibition through
the Precollege Studio social networking.

Department Robert Busch School of Design 
Dates and times

July 5 - July 28, 9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Monday - Thusday

Overnight/Day Day camp
Age/Target Upper Level High School Students
Location

Green Lane Academic Building

Kean University
Union, NJ 

Contact

Robert Busch School of Design 
design@kean.edu or 908-737-4740

 

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Project Adelante

 

Description

Project Adelante was designed in 1988 to address the high dropout rate of Hispanic students. The program started with 83 8th grade students from the Perth Amboy School District. Since then, Passaic (1991 - present), Elizabeth, (1991 - exited in 2012) and Plainfield in 1998 (1998 - present) have participated in Project Adelante. The program currently serves 150 from these districts. English for English Language Learners and the teaching of mathematics, science, technology and counseling are the core courses taught.

Dates and times

07/05/22 - 08/04/22

Contact

Sonia I. Irizarry 
(732) 551-2857
sirizarr@kean.edu 
adelante@kean.edu 
https:/ /sites.google.com/kean.edu/projectadelante/home

SKYARTS

Description

The Kean Skylands campus in Jefferson Township, NJ serves as the inspiration and backdrop for the SKYARTS pre-college program. Each week finds a way to incorporate the environment into the work in a different context. Week one invites participants to engage with the campus by visiting different sites and selecting natural materials that they will use to create their week-long project. This mixed media project will rely upon the use of multiple skills which will be honed with the assistance of world-class faculty. Week two of the program allows our faculty to instruct students on the skills associated with landscape drawing and painting. Participants will explore the grounds and each find a spot on which to focus their week-long landscape drawing and/or painting. In both weeks, students will have an opportunity to present their work, sharpening their ability to articulate what their art means to them.

Department 

Kean Skylands
Dates and times

Session 1: July 11-15, 2022
Session 2: July 18-22, 2022
Drop-off: 9am, Pick-up: 3pm

Overnight/Day Day
Age/Target 14-18
Location Kean Skylands
243 Mount Paul Road
Oak Ridge, New Jersey

 

Contact

Robyn Roebuck 
Phone: (908) 337-0877
Email: keanskylands@kean.edu
Social: https://www.facebook.com/KUSkylands and https://www.instagram.com/keanskylands/

 

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SKYLAB: Environmental Summer Program

Description

With topics ranging from climate change to animal conservation and environmental technology, the SKYLAB program held at Kean's Skylands campus in Jefferson Township, NJ has something for every budding science enthusiast. Using our 44-acre natural living laboratory and state of the art facilities, students will learn how to collect, analyze, and synthesize data into a research project that can be used simply to hone their skills or to earn them college credit (depending on the option chosen at the time of registration). Students will learn from several world-class Kean faculty in order to ensure a diverse and enriching experience. Students may select to take part in one, two, or all three weeks, and may opt to pursue the program for enrichment or 1-3 college credits.

Department  Kean Skylands
Dates and times Session 1: July 11-15, 2022, Session 2: July 18-22, 2022, Session 3: July 25-29, 2022, Drop-off: 9 a.m. Pick-up: 3 p.m.
Overnight/Day Day
Age/Target Grades 9 - 12
Location Kean Skylands
243 Mount Paul Road
Oak Ridge, New Jersey

 

Contact

Robyn Roebuck 
Phone: (908) 337-0877
Email: keanskylands@kean.edu
Social: https://www.facebook.com/KUSkylands and https://www.instagram.com/keanskylands/

 

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Steps to Your Future

Description

A program to provide an immersive college experience to those who are deciding whether or not college is for them. Through campus activities, OT groups, and community trips students are able to "live like a college student" for 4 days under the supervision of trained staff.

Department Kean University Occupational Therapy Community Cares Clinic
Dates and times

Monday 8/1/21 - Thursday 8/4/21
Monday 9am-5pm; Tuesday 9am-overnight; Wednesday-overnight; Thursday-12:30

Overnight/Day Day/Overnight
Age/Target Students with autism between the ages of 14 and 21
Contact

Kelly Sullivan
(908) 737-5942

Website otclinic.kean.edu
Social, other www.facebook.com/keanOTclinic

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Upward Bound

Description

A pre-college program designed to develop academic skills in youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Department  Upward Bound
Dates and times

June 27th - 30th - Non Residential Component
July 5th - August 4th, 2022 /drop off on Sundays at 6:00 pm (July 10th, 17th, 24th and 30th)
Scholars leave campus on Thursdays at 5:00 pm (July 7th, 14th, 21th, 28th and August 4th)

Overnight/Day Day
Age/Target Ages 14 - 18
Location 1000 Morris Ave.
Union, NJ
Housing - Sozio Hall, Classes - Hutchinson Hall, 3rd Floor
Contact

Maria Isabel Rijos
marijos@kean.edu
(908) 737-4033
kean.edu/upwardbound