Below are opportunities for students to expand their knowledge in leadership, community service, education, professional skills and citizenship. These opportunities are fantastic ways to build a foundation before pursuing higher education.


Nevada Boys’ State
Description: Nevada Boy’s State is a one-week leadership conference for high school juniors that aims to inspire and educate Nevada’s youth in the importance of civic engagement, community service, and being an educated and responsible citizen. Students will participate in a model state, complete with governing bodies and elected public officials.
Eligibility: Males who have successfully completed their junior year of high school (Class of 2018)
Dates & Location: June 18-24 at the University of Nevada, Reno
Program cost: $60 materials fee
Application & more information:
Application deadline: Rolling admission (e.g., when spots fill, the program is closed) or March 31, whichever occurs first.


Nevada Girls’ State
Description: Nevada Girls’ State is a leadership program run by the American Legion Auxiliary for outstanding young women who have completed their junior year in high school. Students will complete a curriculum where students assume the roles of government leaders to better understand the democratic process and how our republic form of government works at the state and national levels.
Eligibility: $290 (registration & materials fee); all eligible young women who have submitted the required paperwork and fee will be accepted
Dates & Location: June 25 – July 1
Program Cost: $290 (registration & materials fee)
Application & more information:
Application deadline: June 1


2017 Smallwood Multimedia Boot Camp
Description: Students will receive access to training in a full range of multimedia equipment and software. Following the camp, students will continue to have access to the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center’s facilities and staff during their senior year of high school.
Eligibility: Current high school juniors (Class of 2018)
Dates & Location: June 12-22 at the University of Nevada, Reno
Application process: See Mrs. McClintock for more information; a nomination form and a sample of the student’s work in relevant areas (e.g., video, interactive media such as Flash, animation, or other forms of digital media graphics, web design, etc.).

2017 Renown Summer High School Volunteer Program
Description: A summer volunteer program for students interested in a career in the medical field. Students will be based at the Renown Regional or South Meadows campus and will be expected to serve 50 hours over the summer. This program goes beyond the typical volunteer program, helping students to develop non-verbal skills and work with a mentor.
Eligibility: Current high school sophomores (Class of 2019) and juniors (Class of 2018)
Dates & Location: Renown Regional & South Meadows campuses during summer break
Application materials: Pick up an application packet from Mrs. Welmerink (questionnaire, volunteer application, letter of recommendation required). Completed applications should be turned in to Mrs. Welmerink for submission to Renown.
Application deadline: March 17, 2017
This program is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis: spend time on your application but complete it soon!