Youth Programs

Youth Innovation Academy is a youth initiative tailored to middle schoolers to enhance their competence and confidence in innovation and leadership. In a collaborative, supportive and creative environment, participants entering sixth, seventh and eighth grade explore science, technology, environment, civic engagement, communication, and arts. We invite participants to uncover their potential, prepare for higher education and discover unexplored career paths. Sign up for our email newsletters to keep up-to-date for next year.

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Girls stand in front of a NASA aircraft at Wallops Island during GIA 2017


Youth Innovation Academy checks out Piedmont Airlines Headquarters at Salisbury Regional Airport!

Piedmont Airlines Headquarters Tour Video

Summer 2019 Summer Program


Boys Innovation Academy

July 8 - July 12

Mix It Up: Career Exploration and Cutting Edge Music Technology

Instructors: Ted Nichols; Kevin Fallon

Girls and Boys Innovation Academy

July 15 - July 19

Make Your Own Magic: Ingenuity and Self-Reliance through YA Literature of Harry Potter, Lord of the Flies & more

Instructors: Mou Chakraborty; Lacey Payne

Girls Innovation Academy

July 29 - August 9

Trailblazers: Adventurer’s Spirit

Instructors: Christy Harper; Bill Burke

Media and Me: An Exploration of Self and How Media and Photography Influences Girls

Instructors: Deb Dickerson; Mehves Lelic; Jean Goblinger; Stacia Kock

The Youth Innovation Academy @ SU is a day program meeting from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. To help with working parents’ schedules, we provide a free optional early drop-off beginning at 7:30 a.m. and late pick-up until 5:30 p.m.

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Program GoalsGroup of girls at Piedmont Airlines Headquarters

  • Increase interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM)
  • Encourage students to embrace their leadership
  • Enhance technology and communication skills
  • Build new relationships and self-confidence

Program Highlights

  • The summer program is held at Salisbury University, an award-winning “green” campus.
  • There are four unique sections during the summer. Two are designed for girls, one for boys, and one for girls and boys together.
  • All sections focus on leadership, communication, technology, and innovation.
  • Each week, the group travels to off-campus sites to learn about technology in action – including high-tech businesses.
  • Academy Instructors are a diverse group including SU faculty and community leaders.
  • A typical summer Academy day consists of several modules:
    • Strategic leadership training with engaging discussion
    • Hands-on innovation studies
    • Lunch in the Commons
    • Interactive targeted campus tour
    • Computer lab activities plus off-campus field trips each week.

Plus off-campus field trips each week.

Program Cost

The registration fee includes buffet lunch in the campus dining hall, materials, and transportation to off-campus site visits.

$450 (2-week sessions, Girls Academy June 17-June 28 and Jul 29- Aug 9)

$225 (1-week session, Boys Academy Jul 8-Jul 12)
         (1-week session, Girls and Boys Academy Jul 15-19)