Preview the college experience with this summer program

College Camp is a week-long leadership and college-access experience for teens who have completed grades 9-11 and have a desire to pursue higher education, but are challenged in resources, finances, and/or are in need of assistance with the process.

While all students are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to students with financial need if the number of applications exceed capacity.

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The program supports, motivates, and encourages students to pursue higher education options post-graduation. The week-long experience is filled with fun, challenges, and learning opportunities that help individuals thrive. Students stay in college dormitories and participate in a community service project, discover their strengths, set personal goals, tour a minimum of 4 college campuses, learn about the admissions process, and engage with professionals in the fields they’d like to pursue.

Through the activities at Y College Camp, students discover more about themselves, experiencing independent living in a college environment, and gain a better understanding of what they need to accomplish in high school to attend college.

The program is free to attend, thanks to generous donors.

College Camp 2024

If you have completed 9th, 10th, or 11th grade and live on Oahu, you are welcome to apply. Sign up for our email list to be notified when application is live.

2024 Program Dates

  • Summer 2024 - Dates Coming Soon
What is the Application Process for College Camp?

While all students are encouraged to apply, preference will be given to students with financial need if the number of applications exceed capacity.

All applications will be reviewed by a panel of volunteers. Please be sure to answer honestly and thoroughly. Individual responses will be kept confidential.

Who Funds College Camp?

College Camp is funded through the generosity of our donors. Gifts range from $25 to $5,000. Their collective contributions allows the programs to be 100% free.

This year's camp is sponsored by the Kosasa Foundation and other donors.

We are forever grateful to our generous donors for providing this opportunity to impact hundreds of lives over the years. 

College Camp Summer Mentorship Program

The primary objective of this program is to provide high school students with the necessary tools, resources, and guidance to successfully access and thrive in college. College mentors will serve as role models, offering academic, personal, and professional support to their mentees.

College Camp is a week-long mentorship program providing high school students a college access experience. High school students will have the opportunity to tour college campuses, stay at UH Manoa's dorms, learn about the higher education application process, complete a service project together, and participate in a career night with professionals from a variety of fields. By becoming a mentor, you'll work directly with a small group of students with a vital role in guiding and supporting high schoolers as they navigate the path to higher education.

Mentor Eligibility

Open to mentoring high-school aged students

  • Must currently be pursuing post-high-school education
    • University or Community College
  • Desire to expand your leadership abilities
  • Possess skills to be inclusive of all students
  • Attend all mandatory trainings
  • Pass our background check
Additional Information
  • Dormitory housing provided throughout duration of program
  • All meals covered for the week
  • Stipend Compensation available for mentors

If you are interested, please submit your resume and email us at [email protected] outlining your experiences and motivation to join our team.

Take a look at College Camp 2023