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University for Young People Launches for 2019 [06/03/2019]


Baylor School of Education’s summer enrichment program for gifted and talented students, University for Young People (UYP), launches June 3, 2019.

Baylor UYP’s program for fourth-twelfth-grade students runs daily through June 21 on the Baylor campus. Classes are offered in three different one-week sessions, and students may sign up for two each week. Students may choose from dozens of courses, taking one class in the morning and one in the afternoon. Courses for 2019 include cooking for nutrition, water quality, robotics, art, poetry writing, improvisational acting, superhero physics, computer game design, and more.

“We are welcoming 104 students in grades 4-12 to the Baylor campus for up to three weeks of courses,” said Dr. Jenny Robins, clinical assistant professor and director of the Center for Gifted Education & Talent Development, which operates UYP. She said that the students thrive by being around other gifted students similar to them.

“The goal is for students to take advantage of enrichment courses, diving deeper into their areas of interest or discovering new interests,” she said. “We also focus on the next step — postsecondary options, including college — and the students are guided by mentors who are Baylor students.”

For younger gifted students, in first through fourth grade, there are two week-long UYP programs beginning June 3 and June 10 — “Creative Problem Solving Camp: Rocket into Space” and “Discovering and Exploring your Passion,” both offered 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily at Dean Highland Elementary School.

Baylor’s UYP program began more than 35 years ago, and expanded in 1999 to launch “Project Promise.” Project Promise students are a subset of UYP gifted students who also meet U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) federal low-income eligibility requirements. Tuition scholarships for the students are funded through Baylor University’s Community Outreach Grant, Independent Bank, and a generous donation from Mr. Chuck Barlow and his company, Entergy.

For more information on UYP and a catalog of courses, visit the UYP 2019 page.

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