THE SUMMER ACADEMY FOR POLICY LEADERSHIP AND PUBLIC SERVICE

The Summer Academy for Policy Leadership and Public Service (the Summer Academy), is a program for gifted, talented, and high-potential high school and college students. The Summer Academy’s purpose is to bolster diversity and to help its graduates enter the academic pipelines for policy-related programs in Richmond and beyond. Rising high school sophomores, juniors, seniors, recent high school graduates, and college students admitted to the Summer Academy will take part in an engaging and challenging educational program, including hands-on experience. Their learning focused on real-world policy issues, and challenges will offer them opportunities to research, design, and conduct significant policy-related projects.

The Summer Academy will combine fun with intensive learning. Each rigorous but rewarding two-week session will offer public-policy coursework. Top professors, policy experts, and leading decision-makers will introduce program participants to policy formation and analysis, economics, public administration, research methods, and statistics, as well as critical thinking, advocacy, and effective, readable writing. (Course contact hours will exceed those in a standard 16-week (3 credit- hour) semester course.)

THE SUMMER ACADEMY ONLINE

The Summer Academy for Policy Leadership and Public Service is going virtual. Our online learning management system (LMS) allows The Summer Academy to remotely provide instruction, facilitate workshops, and coordinate group activities and interactions. We are happy that we can offer our exciting, engaging, and timely program through a distance learning platform for youth who are interested in public policies and their impacts on individuals, organizations, and communities!

The Summer Academy for Policy Leadership and Public Service Online (The Summer Academy Online) will run June 28 – July 11, 2020. Our distance learning program uses the Policy Pathways curriculum and is structured like our traditional face-to-face program. The Summer Academy Online will combine intensive learning experiences with fun activities. The two-week session will offer engaging and rewarding public policy course work. Top professors in their fields, policy experts, and leading decision-makers will introduce program participants to policy formation and analysis, economics, public administration, research methods, and statistics, as well as critical thinking, advocacy, and writing strategies. Course content will focus on real-world policy issues and offer opportunities to research, design, and conduct policy-related projects through capstone teams. Program participants will have the opportunity to interact extensively with faculty members and classmates in virtual classrooms.

Summer Academy Online Capstone Projects

Virginia Department of Transportation

Virginia Department of Transportation

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development

Office of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine

Office of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT
Policy Pathways, Inc., does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics in any program, activity, admission, or employment.