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Discovery Program Leads Children to Explore Future Careers

The Discovery Summer Program at VCU provides a quality summer experience for diverse youth on an urban campus, challenging and supporting them to dream, explore and investigate.

The program, part of the Summer Programs at the Mary and Frances Youth Center, sparks future career exploration for sixth through eighth graders. Topics include science, technology, engineering, mathematics and arts and health sciences. The half- and full-day week-long courses are taught by VCU faculty and students, community members and local middle-school teachers. Most of the classes are held at open classrooms around the Monroe Park and MCV campuses.

This year’s program offered 24 courses over four weeks. Forensics, health and sciences and writing classes were the most popular. “Game on,” a class about making video games, proved particularly popular with the growing number of tech-savvy kids at the camp.
Nearly 120 students participated this year, most of them students who also had attended last year.

“What we want to do is have a young person come in and spark a new career option,” said Shekinah Mitchell, Discovery coordinator, “and for them to ask themselves where is their place in the world and what [can] they get excited about.”

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