John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth identifies and develops the talents of the most advanced K-12 learners worldwide. As part of Johns Hopkins, CTY contributes to the university’s mission by preparing and nurturing the bright young people who will go on to make significant contributions to our world.

Civic Leadership Institute

CLI students explore the complex challenges that affect our communities, and develop the knowledge, experience and leadership skills they need to make a positive impact on the world.

Through an introductory course in Service, Leadership & Community Transformation, students are challenged to learn in new ways and apply their skills in real-world settings. Several times a week, in their class groups, students engage in service projects that span neighborhoods, organizations, and approaches to addressing social problems.

Tentative Program Dates

June 28, 2020 – July 17, 2020

Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Campus
Baltimore, Maryland

June 28, 2020 – July 17, 2020
Northwestern University Evanston

If you have questions or need additional information, contact CTY at (410)735-6277 or

Global Issues in the 21st Century: Grades 10-12

Session 1 at Princeton University: June 21–July 10
Session 2 at Berkeley: July 19–August 7

As citizens living in the 21st century, we face numerous challenges and opportunities. In an increasingly interconnected world, choices we make locally have significant global implications. CTY’s program for tenth through twelfth graders focuses on key global issues in the 21st century.

By bringing together academically talented students from all over the country to wrestle with major issues facing the world today, our summer programs are able to offer an unusual educational experience, one geared both to the students’ high abilities and to their need for peers who share their academic abilities and their love of learning. Princeton University and the Center for Talented Youth’s Global Issues Program atBerkeley are two of the premier educational institutions in the United States, offering outstanding settings for this program. As you read through this catalog, you will learn more about what we have to offer and how our courses can help highly able students explore their potential to the fullest. If you have already experienced our summer programs, we welcome you back.

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Girls On Ice

Girls on Ice is a unique, FREE, wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year two teams of 9 teenage girls and 3 instructors spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and the alpine landscape through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, ecologists, artists, and mountaineers. One team explores Mount Baker, an site ice-covered volcano in the North Cascades of Washington State. The other team sleeps under the midnight sun exploring an Alaskan glacier.

To be eligible, girls must be at least 16 years old by the Alaska program start date, and no older than 18 on the North Cascades program end date.

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Deer Hill Expeditions:
Exciting adventure summer camp programs for teenagers, combining wilderness adventure with the opportunity to work with native peoples on service projects that honor their traditional lifeways, or on conservation projects that preserve the beauty of the American West.

Earthwatch Institute:
People from around the world, of all ages and backgrounds, join Earthwatch Expeditions. One thing unites them: a passion for protecting our planet and its wealth of species.

Dedicated to developing the future Jewish political voice by taking Jewish teens on journeys throughout America, developing their identities, and empowering them to get involved politically and socially to change the world. 

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS):
Wilderness education and travel experience in the U.S. and aborad, including activities such as backpacking, kyaking, caving, mountaineering, and much more!

Outward Bound:
Canoeing and backpacking programs throughout the U.S.

Student Conservation Association:
Take a hands-on approach to preserving America’s national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. Join a Crew of high school students, age 15-19, for a summer of adventure and giving back! TUITION FREE!!

Offers personalized adventures for students seeking a summer experience like no other. Our extensive range of programs encourages independence and friendship, striking the perfect balance between learning, exploration, and fun.

The New York 2 New Orleans Coalition (NY2NO):
A youth-led, consensus-based organization made to create a network of young people who are interested in organizing and mobilizing across New York City. TUITION FREE!!

The Road Less Traveled:
Adventure and service programs within the U.S. and abroad