The AAYLC wants students to be presented with options that tap into their interests and passions. We believe that by providing opportunities that students can grow intellectually, personally, and professionally. There are numerous student opportunities to explore, in Colorado, throughout the year.
The Impact of Extracurriculars
When it comes to extracurriculars and college applications, it does not hurt to pursue your interests. Several studies have indicated that youth who actively participate in opportunities outside of the classroom have better attendance, higher testing scores, and higher GPAs than students who do not participate in these activities.
Extracurriculars showcase the following key qualities to college admissions officers and hiring managers:
The ability to manage your time effectively.
The commitment to learning outside of the classroom.
The drive to pursue leadership opportunities.
The initiative to seek talent in the same or different areas of interest.
When pursuing extracurricular student opportunities, look at ways you can create an impact and focus on the things you enjoy. If you’re ready to make a difference, check out the student opportunities below and apply today!
Leading Edge - Leadership
May 8, 2022
Leading Edge is our comprehensive community leadership program developed specifically for high school teens (current sophomores and juniors). We at Leadership Pikes Peak believe that civic engagement and leadership are skills that should be developed early in life through self-discovery and hands-on experiences. Leading Edge students gain an understanding of themselves, their communities, and their city through networking interactions with community leaders, exploration of local agencies and organizations, and leadership skill development curriculum. Students will graduate the program as engaged and involved citizens who are working to make a difference in our community. For more information, please click here.
Colorado Springs Police Cadet
April 2022 - August 2022 - For Fall start
The Cadet Program is designed to develop young leaders who become active in our community. Throughout the year, CSPD Cadets will attend leadership conferences, volunteer at local non-profits, and more, all while learning about the role law enforcement plays in Colorado Springs. While some cadets do go on to become CSPD officers, or work in the criminal justice field, our main goal is not to recruit, but rather to help equip some of our youngest community members with strong leadership skills and knowledge that they can take with them in the future. Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 19 years of age. For more information and application, please click here.
Colorado Springs Children's Chorale
Open Fall 2022
Do you love to sing? There are a variety of options to participate with the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale. If you are in grades 4 - 12, there is a group for you. For more information and auditions, please click here.
Colorado Springs Youth Symphony
Open Fall 2022 - Auditions December 2022
Approximately 400 young musicians are accepted by audition every year to take part in one of our eight auditioned groups. Over 160 additional students are enrolled in the Mozart String Project (for beginning string players), which focuses on beginning string instruction and is located at sites in Northeast and North-central Colorado Springs. Today, students from over sixty schools around the Pikes Peak region including Pueblo, Castle Rock, and Peyton participate in our programs. The association presents over 60 performances each year regionally, nationally and internationally. For more information and application, please click here.
(Boys & Girls)
Apply year-round. New Fire Explorers accepted each January
The Colorado Springs Fire Explorer Program is looking for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 years old. The intent of program, in conjunction with Learning for Life, is to offer young adults real-life experiences, training, and exposure to the career opportunities available in the Fire Service. This program will allow young people to be informed and involved in the Fire and Emergency Medical Services while actively serving our community. For more information and application, please click here.
Colorado School of Mines: K-12
The K-12 Student Outreach Program offers various science, mathematics, and technology-content-based courses for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information, please click here.
Stroud Scholars Program
Colorado College (CC) is looking for 9th graders who are intellectually curious, growth-minded, and committed to engaging a diverse and inclusive community. They are looking for students with the capacity to thrive in a rigorous academic course of study. For more information, please click here.
Summer Zoo Crew Explorers
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Teen Programs provide meaningful life experiences that inspire teens to take conservation action both on and off Zoo grounds through education, leadership, stewardship and environmental exploration. Included with all of our summer teen programs are options to participate in our outdoor adventure programming occurring throughout the summer. For more information, please click here.
Do you need help with SAT preparation? Well, the ECOC has the resource for you. Join ECOC for free SAT Prep on Tuesdays From 6:00pm - 7:30 pm. The course starts on 2/8! The student who has the greatest increase in their score will win a brand new laptop. For registration, please click here.
The Gazette Best & Brightest
They’re smart, self-motivated and involved in the community. They’re the standout graduating high school seniors in the Pikes Peak region. Now in its 29th year, The Gazette’s Best and Brightest program recognizes 20 graduating seniors who have made contributions to their schools and their community. Applicants will provide some basic information, one letter of recommendation and answer three questions about their vision, community service and defining moments. For more information, please click here.
Youth Documentary Academy (YDA)
Youth Documentary Academy (“YDA”) is an intensive, seven-week summer documentary filmmaking fellowship serving teenagers in Southern Colorado from ages 14-18. From initial concept to final edit and distribution, you will learn the process of documentary filmmaking, including hands-on training with digital cameras, sound recording, lighting and interviewing, and digital editing. Working in teams, you will direct your own short documentary film around a topic that you are interested in. For more information, please click here.