Junior Leadership Program

Unfortunately we are unable to offer this program in 2024. Please check back next year. 

As part of NOAA Science Camp, the Junior Leadership Program (JLP) is designed specifically for teens entering grades 9–12 in the fall of the coming school year. The program aims to provide hands-on learning experiences in youth leadership, communication skills, team-building, and scientific research. Up to 20 teens work together with NOAA scientists and professional science educators over the course of the two-week program. The Junior Leaders participate in a variety of engaging activities that develop their skills as leaders, teachers, marine scientists, and give them unique exposure to marine-related careers.

Unlike for the middle school program, we ask prospective Junior Leaders to apply to the program. Because space is limited, we ask prospective participants to invest a little time into telling us why they think they would benefit from participating in the Junior Leadership Program. Applications require two adult recommendations and are due by the stated deadline. Applicants are notified of acceptance in mid-May, whereupon registration and payment are due.

The Junior Leadership program is directly integrated and run concurrently with our camp programming for middle schoolers. This multi-year, multi-level program is intended to prepare its Junior Leaders to potentially return as camp staff in the future or to pursue other interests in the marine sciences.

The Basics

  • Who: Teens entering grades 9–12 in the fall of the coming school year.
  • Where: NOAA’s Sand Point facility on Lake Washington, 7600 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle.
  • When: There will be no Junior Leadership Program in 2024
  • Cost: Registration costs for future programs TBD. Scholarships are available. Please submit a scholarship form with the rest of your application materials.

Questions? Contact noaacamp@uw.edu for more information.