Alternative to being a summer sloth offered at Baylor's University for Young People

University for Young People (UYP)
University for Young People (UYP)photo courtesy of Baylor Photography
June 6, 2013

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WACO, Texas (June 6, 2013) - Summer is finally here. There's time for playing video games, watching TV, snacking on potato chips or for learning something new. How will your child spend the next three months?

Throughout June, the Baylor Center for Community Learning and Enrichment will be hosting the University for Young People (UYP). The program offers students entering first through 12th grade an opportunity for summer enrichment.

In past years, director of UYP and lecturer in Baylor's School of Education Mary Witte has said her own children had greatly benefitted from the program.

"The purpose of UYP is for students to have experiences and opportunities to explore their interests and make some decisions about the future," Witte said.

Two types of sessions are available for first through fourth grade students, held at local elementary schools. At UYP's Creative Problem Solving Camp June 10-14, students will try to solve the problem of how to live in space. In the Perspectives Program June 24-28, students will engage with an outdoor learning environment.

For incoming fourth through 12th grade students, three separate sessions will be held: June 10-14, June 17-21 and June 24-28. On Baylor's campus, students will learn about the sciences, social sciences, fine arts and technology.

The program application can be found here and must be submitted before classes begin. Requirements include student information, one to three student products, a parent survey, a teacher survey and school information forms and a $15 application fee.

For more information, contact the Center for Community Learning and Enrichment at 254-710-2171 or

By Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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The Baylor School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and consists of four departments: Curriculum and Instruction (preparation for classroom teachers and specialists); Educational Administration (post-graduate preparation for school leadership); Educational Psychology (undergraduate and graduate programs for those who are interested in learning, development, measurement, and exceptionalities); and Health, Human Performance and Recreation (preparing for sport- and health-related careers, athletic training and careers in recreational professions, including churches).The School of Education enrolls more than 1,000 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students, employs 70 faculty, and is one of the few school s in the State of Texas that offers a yearlong teaching internship.

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