A Summer of Service, Leadership, and Friendship
Summer Serve is a United Way program that provides local youth ages 12-17 with the opportunity to spend their summer volunteering, developing leadership skills, and making friendships that last a lifetime.
This six-week program, divided into three separate two-week sessions, is designed to help young people awaken their inner leader, build their teamwork skills, and meet like-minded peers while creating positive change in their community. Summer Serve participants learn about different areas of need in Frederick County through hands-on experience while working on service projects at various local nonprofits. They will experience a team-based environment that will present them with challenges and opportunities to gain a valuable combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.
Leadership Week takes place at the end of the summer, and all registered Summer Serve participants are eligible to apply. This optional week gives participants an opportunity to further expand upon their ability to work well with others and learn how they can serve as a catalyst for positive change in our community.
This year, Summer Serve is taking place from June 18 through August 3, Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note that there will be no Summer Serve activities taking place during the week of July 4th.
Fun Fact: Since United Way began managing the program in 2011, Summer Serve participants have completed over 7,100 volunteer hours. The value of their service is estimated at more than $161,000!
Summer Serve 2018 - Schedule:
- Session 1: June 18-June 22 and June 25-June 29
- Session 2: July 9 -July 13 and July 16-July 20
- Session 3: July 23-July 27 and July 30-August 3
- Leadership Week*: August 6-August 10
Would you like to make a lasting difference on the local youth community? Consider applying for one of our Summer Serve camp counselor positions below. Check the descriptions of our counselor openings below. To apply, please download the counselor application and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, April 8.
2018 Pricing Information
What is Leadership Week?
Leadership Week is a session that is less hands-on community serivce work and is more focused on how to become a leader in the community. Anybody who particpates in at least one of the three sessions during the Summer Serve Program is eligible to apply to participate in Leadership Week. It is designed for those who really enjoyed their time volunteering for Summer Serve and wants to continue to make a difference on their own time. We will provide Leadership Week participants with information and resources they need to become a leader in their community through workshops, conferences, guest speakers, activities, games, and more. We also want to teach professionalism and provide participants with resume-building and job skills through our workshops and mock interviews. Just like our regular Summer Serve sessions, Leadership Week is a great resume builder and a great way for young people to network and get to know the community that they live in.
2018 Summer Serve Scholarships
Not sure if you are eligable to recieve financial assistance for Summer Serve? Applicants whose families' earnings are at or below the Frederick County Survival Budget qualify for full scholarships, and those applicants whose families earn below the Household Stability Budget qualify for partial scholarships. Click here to see if you qualify. Click here to dowload the Summer Serve Scholarship form. The deadline for scholarship applications is May 7, 2018. Scholship award decisions will be made by the week of May 14, 2018.
*Applicants must be able to provide proof of income.
For questions about the Summer Serve program or scholarships, please contact Shana Knight at (240) 578-4008.
Check out some highlights from previous Summer Serve programs: