Welcome to the Illini Summer Academies! This 4-day event provides Illinois teens new opportunities to explore the University of Illinois campus; study potential careers or build their leadership skills, and meet youth from across the state.
Teens who attend will:
Academies are open to ANY Illinois youth who is currently in 8th to 12th grade. They must be an incoming high school freshman to graduating senior this summer and must fall within the 14-18 age range as of September 1, 2013.
Fees vary according to the Academy. Fees are noted with the individual Academy descriptions (link below). Fees cover 15-hours of Academy programming and any transportation involved; dormitory room (with one other delegate) for three nights; 8 meals; evening programming; insurance; and a dance. Adult chaperones pay a discounted fee.
An early-bird registration discount is available for those who register by April 15 and submit appropriate paperwork and payment, postmarked by April 17. Regular registration fees go into effect April 16 and are available until registration closes on May 22, 2013.
2013 Academies include:
The Illinois 4-H Foundation will offer a limited number of $50 scholarships for Illinois 4-H members. Those scholarships must be applied for and are only available to first-time ISA attendees. ISA Scholarship Applications must be received no later than May 1. Some local Extension offices may offer scholarships for delegates and chaperones; individuals should check with their local University of Illinois Extension staff about that possibility.
Delegates are chaperoned by adults who have been screened by University of Illinois Extension Volunteer Screening procedures, approved by the University of Illinois. All chaperones must be 21 years of age or older, complete on-line training, and attend ISA Chaperone Orientations. For more information about chaperones or if you are interested in applying to serve as a chaperone, click here.
This is a live-in academy program; delegates will not be allowed to commute to the campus for daily activities.
Delegates must register/apply on-line, complete and mail 3 required forms, and pay the appropriate Academy fee. Registration and payment is done via the registration site.
Delegates are required to complete and send the following pieces by the deadlines noted for their registration fee (April 17th postmark for Early Bird Registration/May 24th postmark for Regular Registration):
All cancellations and refund requests must be received in writing by the State 4-H Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the date specified in order to receive any portion of a refund. Requests may be faxed (217/333-9287) or e-mailed to Dan Boomgarden (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For Early-Bird Registrations March 1 – April 15:
For Regular Registrations after April 15:
The Illini Summer Academies are planned by a committee consisting of 7-9 high school youth who have attended ISA in the past and 1-2 adult volunteers. Meetings include several teleconferences (at no cost to committee members), a weekend retreat in the fall, and a one-day meeting in the spring. Attendance is required for some meetings. If you are interested in applying for the 2014 Planning Committee, check out the information below and submit an application by August 1, 2014.
State 4-H Contacts: For Academy Information: Debra Stocker, email@example.com
For Logistics & Special Accommodations: Dan Boomgarden, firstname.lastname@example.org