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Pre-College and Summer Youth 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 improv session

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 Entrepreneurial Education Initiatives (EEI)
Dates and times

July 10 - 27, 2023
Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Overnight/Day Day 
Age/Target Grades 9-12
Location

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

Cost

$1200
Breakfast and Lunch will be provided

Contact

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

 

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HRI camp students collaborate on a project

Human Rights in Action

Historically, young people have been the agents of change. Do you want to create a more just and inclusive world? Join Kean University’s Human Rights Institute and the Diversity Council on Global Education and Citizenship this summer for Human Rights in Action, a summer program designed specifically for high school students looking to elevate their voices and build the tools needed to become a more effective advocate and ally.

Week one, Combating Misinformation, will help participants navigate the vast amount of information available to them, and demonstrate how to use social media as a tool to promote human rights. Week two, Becoming Changemakers, will lead participants through the sometimes daunting task of “where to start” when fighting injustices and ensuring human rights are being honored in our local communities and beyond. Students are welcome to join one or both sessions.

Department 

Human Rights Institute and Holocaust Resource Center

Dates and times

Combating Misinformation - August 7-10, 2023, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Becoming Changemakers - August 14-17, 2023, 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

Cost

$300.00 per week

Contact

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

 

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Camp Premiere

Camp Premiere

Register now for Camp Premiere 2023 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 10-21, 2023 , M-F 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Actors Studio: July 24-August 4, 2023, 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)
Cost: The full cost for each two-week session is $350. The early bird special of $300 expires on March 15.
Location

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

Contact

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

 

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CREATE logo

CREATE at The Galleries at Kean

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.

Follow your heART with CREATE!

Session 1: 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 2: 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

 July 17 - July 20, July 24-28, 2023

Overnight/Day

Day camp

Age/Target

Session I: Grades 6-8 / July 17 - 20, 2023
Session II: Grades 9-12 / July 24 - 28, 2023

Cost

Registration: $50
Enrichment: Per week= $325
Two weeks: $600 
Breakfast & Lunch included 
All Art Supplies Are Provided by The Galleries at Kean

Contact

Cisely Martin 
breedenc@kean.edu 
(908) 737-5301

 

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*Art Intensive: Students must have previous art experience. 

An overhead shot of Kean Skylands in the fall, with autumn leaves, a building and a lake.

SKYARTS

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

July 10-20, 2023

Drop-off: 9 a.m.
Pick-up: 3 p.m.

Overnight/Day Day Camp
Age/Target 14-18
Location Kean Skylands
243 Mount Paul Road
Oak Ridge, New Jersey
Cost $800
Contact

John Raue
Phone: (908)737-7072
Email: keanskylands@kean.edu 
Social: https://www.facebook.com/KUSkylands and https://www.instagram.com/keanskylands/

 

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Video Creators of the Future!

Don’t sit home all summer and watch videos... Come to Kean and create videos, play fun improv games and make new friends in our studio, complete with a green screen! Learn how to craft a concept, film and edit short videos, key digital safety rules and how to manage feedback. Students will receive links to their created content and their VLOG. No experience necessary, beginners welcome!

This program is designed to build the following character traits:

  • Creativity: Creating and brainstorming ideas for video
  • Courage: Getting in front of the camera
  • Teamwork: Work with peers on projects to build communication skills

Students will be asked to bring phones with cameras.

 

Department  Entrepreneurial Education Initiatives (EEI)
Dates and times

July 10 to 20, 2023, Monday to Thursday

8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Overnight/Day Day
Age/Target Grades 5-7
Location Kean University 
Union, NJ
Cost $600
Contact

Contact Entrepreneurial Education Initiatives (EEI) via email at eei@kean.edu for more information.


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GSSRP students standing on the main staircase of the STEM building

IST Group Summer Scholars Research Program

The GSSRP is a 4-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 Scientific Visualization, Cancer Biology, Machine Learning, Bioinformatics, Computational and Molecular techniques. Participants will gain valuable technical skills and research experience and learn to work as part of a research team.

For more information regarding the School of Integrated Science and Technology, please visit our website HERE.

Department  School of Integrated Science and Technology
Dates and times

Monday, July 10 – Thursday, August 3 

Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

  • Applications available: February 6, 2023
  • Application Deadline:  March 9, 2023
  • Acceptances Released: April 15, 2023
  • Registration Deadline: May 1, 2023 ($250 deposit due)
  • Final Payment Due: June 1, 2022
Overnight/Day Day
Age/Target Grades 10-12
Location STEM Building
1075 Morris Ave.
Union, NJ
Cost $1,700 (4 weeks
Contact

Judy April
Email: japril@kean.edu
Phone: (908) 737-7202

Website www.kean.edu/summer-scholar 

 

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The Cabin at Kean Skylands

SKYLAB: Environmental Summer Program

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. There will only be one session of the program. It will run Monday-Thursday, July 10-20 with drop-off at 9am and pick-up at 3pm.

Dates and times

July 10-20, 2023
Drop-off: 9 a.m. Pick-up: 3 p.m.

Overnight/Day Day Camp
Age/Target Grades 9 - 12
Cost

Enrichment: $800
For-credit rate (2-credits granted)= $1,220

Location Kean Skylands
243 Mount Paul Road
Oak Ridge, New Jersey
Contact

John Raue
Phone: (908) 737-7072
Email: keanskylands@kean.edu

Social: https://www.facebook.com/KUSkylands and https://www.instagram.com/keanskylands/ 

 

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Project Adelante student works on a computer project

Project Adelante

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. This program is open to school districts only, if you would like your school district to be part of this program please contact us for more information.

Dates and times

July 10 - August 3, 2023, Monday - Thursday

Contact

Sonia Irrizary
sirizarr@kean.edu 
(732) 221-2857 
adelante@kean.edu 
https:/ /sites.google.com/kean.edu/projectadelante/home

Steps to Your Future

Description

A program to provide an immersive college experience for teens/young adults with Autism and/or other individualized needs who are considering going to college in the future.

Department Kean University Occupational Therapy Community Cares Clinic
Dates and times

Monday, 7/24/23 - Thursday, 7/27/23
(Monday 9 a.m.- overnight, Tuesday 9 a.m. - overnight, Wednesday 9 a.m. -overnight, Thursday 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

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

Tarah Romano
jedzinit@kean.edu

Cost Costs: $425
Website otclinic.kean.edu 
Social, other www.facebook.com/keanOTclinic

 

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Upward Bound students

Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a FREE federally funded program that helps eligible high school students successfully complete high school and prepare for college. The program helps youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds hone their academic skills.

The primary services provided are academic instruction, tutoring, career counseling and training, cultural enrichment and skill-building in the areas of leadership and college preparation.

Department  Upward Bound
Dates and times

June 26 - August 3, 2023,  Sunday -Thursday

Overnight/Day Day/Overnight
Age/Target Grades 9 - 12
Location Kean University 
Union, NJ
Contact

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