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Youth Innovation Academy

The Youth Innovation Academy is a program for middle school girls and boys focusing on leadership, communication, technology, and innovation. The academy enhances leadership competence and confidence through engaging, applied projects tackling real community issues.


  • Wednesday-Friday, July 7-9 & Monday-Friday, July 12-16
  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m
  • Middle School
  • $450

SU’s entrepreneurship team leads the Youth innovation Academy through the process of idea creation, whiteboarding, collaborative thinking and assessment, building on ideas, idea design and prototype development, logo and marketing materials, pitch training, and practice. As part of a project design team, learners engage in hands-on activities with 3D printers, laser cutters and other design-building tools. This academy meets at SU’s new Rommel Center for Entrepreneurship located in downtown Salisbury.

Register for Entrepreneurship 


  • Monday-Friday, July 12-16
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Middle School
  • $300

Forensics is where the fields of science and law meet, often to solve crimes. This Youth Innovation Academy class introduces the study of forensics through interactive hands-on activities. The session emphasizes crime-scene processing as well as evidence recovery and analysis. While the course focuses on the science used in solving crimes, students and families should note that potentially sensitive matters such as violent crimes and death investigations are discussed.

Price of full-day academies includes all-you-care-to-eat lunch at The Commons.

Register for Forensics 

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Create Your Own Public Service Announcement Video

  • Monday-Friday, July 26-30
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Middle School
  • $300

What if you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds? What message would you want to say? How would you say it? In an effort to engage our youth and future generations in civic duty and community mindfulness, through creative engagement and current technology, this program works with participants to help craft public service announcements for issues or concerns they see within their community.

Price of full-day academies includes all-you-care-to-eat lunch at The Commons.

Register for PSA: Make a Difference! 

Live Action FilmLive Action Film

  • Monday-Friday, August 2-6
  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • 5th-9th Grade
  • $175

The May Literacy Center film camp is lights up for young filmmakers working together to produce their visions on screen. The live-action film-making portion gives learners the chance to write, produce and act in their short film. Learners engage storyboarding, script writing, filming and video editing with the latest software. By the end of live-action film-making program, learners showcase their short films to friends and family.

Register for Live Action Film

Additional Information

If you would like to enroll in this program, but the cost is a barrier to participation, please know that multiple full scholarship opportunities are available. Please email for additional scholarship information.