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Charlottesville, Virginia
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The University of Virginia offers a variety of services, programs, and activities for kids. Whether they need a mentoring program, health care, or just some help with school work, we want to help kids and their families thrive.


Academic Enrichment

  • 4 Star Camps: Children ages 7-18 can enhance their performance in academics, golf, and tennis and make new friends at these exciting summer camps located at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.
  • Community Scholar Program: High school and home-school students at the junior or senior level (minimum age 16) with a 3.00 GPA can take one course per semester at U.Va.
  • High School Leaders Program: The Sorensen Institute for Political Leaders offers concentrated study in Virginia politics and government for high school students from across the Commonwealth.
  • iD Tech Camps: Summer camps for kids and teens interested in computers and computer-game design. Ask about U.Va. Faculty and Staff discount!
  • Saturday and Summer Enrichment Program, Grades K-11, Curry School of Education: Students can expand their horizons with academic study programs for grades K-11 in the sciences, math, arts, humanities, and the social sciences.
  • Upward Bound Program: U.Va. assists college-bound high school students in developing the skills they'll need to succeed in college.
  • UVa Advance is a four-week summer residential program for highly-motivated, rising high school juniors and seniors. The program offers students an exceptional set of opportunities for growth and a head start on their undergraduate studies.
  • Young Writers Workshop: For rising 9th graders to rising college freshman, YWW provides a comprehensive summer program for talented young writers.
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Art

  • Art Museum Activities for Kids & Families: The U.Va. Art Museum offers a variety of programs for young artists and their families, including Family Art JAMS, Kid's College, Summer Arts, Writer's Eye, and Spring into Art.
  • Children's Programs in Aboriginal Art: Sponsored by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, these fascinating programs will appeal to older children and the very young.
  • Family Art JAMS: Hands-on activities for young artists, ages 5-12. These experiences are designed for the whole family to participate.
  • Early Visions: An educational series offered by the U.Va. Art Museum in which at-risk high school students are mentored by U.Va. students through weekly tours and art projects.
  • Kid's College: Every June the Fralin Museum of Art welcomes the children of U.Va. Alumni to enjoy a variety of fun art activities while their parents participate in Reunion Weekend events.
  • Spring into Art, UVa Art Museum A Saturday morning art program at The Fralin Museum for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students and their families.
  • Summer Arts, UVa Art Museum: Summer Arts @ the Museum provides an environment that encourages young artists to explore and create art.
  • Virtual Art Exhibit: Take a virtual tour of the U.Va. Art Museum, or visit in person!
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College Preparation

  • Engineering Pre-College Program: The Introduction to Engineering (ITE) Program informs high school students about the general requirements and demands of studies in engineering.
  • Upward Bound Program: U.Va. assists college-bound high school students in developing the skills they'll need to succeed in college.
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Science & Engineering

  • Blandy Experimental Farm: A visit to the State Arboretum of Virginia is more than just a tour or field trip; it's a chance to get excited about science and the natural world!
  • Public Nights at UVa Observatories: See the stars and planets through our McCormick and Fan Mountain telescopes. Launch a lifetime love of the heavens with the help of U.Va.'s resident astronomers.
  • Science Camp: The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp is a free academic program of the Harris Foundation that helps to educate middle school, high school, and college students in the disciplines of science, mathematics, and engineering.
  • School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Outreach to K-12: Engineering faculty and students share their interest in engineering through open houses, class projects, competitions, virtual labs, teaching kits, exhibits, and more.
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Healthy Living

  • Child Development Center: The University's centers help to enrich the quality of family life by providing peace of mind to parents and enriching the life experiences of children.
  • Kohl's Growing Up Healthy Program: UVA medical students teach kindergarten through 5th grade students about healthy nutrition and lifestyle habits to maintain a strong body and mind.
  • UVa Children's Rehabilitation Center: A family-centered care center for children with special needs.
  • Walk-For-Kids: This annual 5K walk features fun and games for the whole family and benefits UVA Children's Hospital.
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Leadership

  • High School Leaders Program: The Sorensen Institute for Political Leaders offers concentrated study in Virginia politics and government for high school students from across the Commonwealth.
  • Youth Leadership Initiative: A program offered by the University of Virginia Center for Politics to stimulate interest and participation in the electoral process.
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Literary Interests

  • McGuffey Reading Center: Sponsored by the Curry School of Education, the McGuffey Reading Center offers diagnostic and remedial services in reading, writing, and spelling.
  • Reading Clinic for Kids K-6: A program offered by U.Va.-Wise students to tutor children in reading.
  • "Tell Us a Tale" Radio Show: Want to hear a story? Listen to this free radio program on U.Va.'s WTJU FM 91.1.
  • Virginia Festival of the Book: Kids of all ages can share their love of books with some of the world's greatest living authors. Programs for young people and school groups are available.
  • Writer's Eye Program: An annual writing competition organized by the U.Va. Art Museum and open to area students from grades 3 to 12.
  • Young Writers Workshop: For rising 9th graders to rising college freshman, YWW provides a comprehensive summer program for talented young writers.
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Mentoring

  • Big Sibling Program: For kids who need more role models in their lives, Big Siblings develops supportive, long-term relationships between U.Va. student volunteers and children in Central Virginia.
  • Day in the Life Program: A tutoring and mentoring program that connects U.Va. students and local youth.
  • Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP): A free year-long mentoring program that focuses on promoting middle school girls' leadership abilities.
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Sports

  • 4 Star Camps: Children ages 7-18 can enhance their performance in academics, golf, and tennis and make new friends at these exciting summer camps located at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.
  • Camps/Clinics (Virginia Sports): Kids can improve their skills in a variety of sports and make new friends at one of many camps and clinics for young athletes.
  • CavMan's Crew Kids' Club: Membership includes admission to U.Va. home games for many sports, an official Kids Club T-shirt, and other fun benefits.
  • Summer Tennis: Children have the opportunity to get involved in a lifetime sport where fun and learning complement each other.
  • Swimming's Cool Program Designed to help children learn to be safe in the water by teaching basic aquatic skills, our quality swimming instruction is geared toward individual needs.
  • Tennis & Swimming Private Lessons: Beginning or more advanced players can take their game to the next level. Sign up for private lessons with our finest instructors.
  • Zumba at the Go Girls Support Group: A free support group at UVA for girls ages 7-18 who may not love team sports or school gym class but still need physical activity. The Go Girls Support Group meets for an hour every week but not to just talk about exercise and health. They spend most of their meetings doing Zumba, an aerobic workout that combines many styles of dance and other forms of movement, often with friends and family members who come to support them.
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Tours

  • UVa Historical Tour: Walk in the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson and learn about the rich history of the University he created. Large group and private tours for kids are available.
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Tutoring

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