The AAYLC wants students to be presented with options that tap into their interests and passions. There are numerous opportunities for youth to explore throughout the year.
Click on each opportunity listed below to view additional details and apply for ones that you qualify for now!
Colorado Springs Children's Chorale
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
Apply Now, Auditions December 11
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.
Colorado Springs Fire Explorer Program (Boys & Girls)
Applications received 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.
Summer Zoo Crew Explorers
February 1 through 22, 2022
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. Will run May 18, 2022 – August 8, 2022. For more information, 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.
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.
Leading Edge - Leadership
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
Summer Application 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. For more information and application, please click here.