Get Ready for Summer and Beyond!

School is nearly out, and every child or student is looking forward to the freedom that comes with summer. For high school or college students in particular, summer can be an invaluable time to have new experiences, build skills, or prepare for the future. In order to take full advantage of the time you have this summer, it is smart to plan early, whether it’s for family trips, overnight camps, college visits or internships!

To begin with, summer can be a great time to get a change of scenery and explore parks across town or across the country. Spend a day learning about local history or enjoy a few nights sleeping under the stars in a national park. To kick-start the planning for your trip, visit to find tips and suggestions for U.S. destinations.

Put your summer weeks to work as you or your child build skills and gain valuable employment experiences for the future. With the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) run by the U.S. Department of Commerce, students are provided with an opportunity to earn money, continue their education, and train with Federal employees through real, hands-on experiences. You can also invest in your future by applying for admittance to Job Corps. Job Corps is the nation's largest career technical training and education program for low-income people ages 16 through 24. Job Corps enrolls approximately 50,000 young people each year at 126 centers in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Don’t wait for school to start to begin college planning. Summer is a great time to visit college campuses and start working on applications. If you or someone you know might need a boost to prepare for or to thrive in college, consider the TRIO Upward Bound program, which helps to generate skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school among low-income and potential first-generation college students and veterans.

Interested in traveling outside of the U.S.? Turn your next trip into a study abroad experience by applying for a Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES Abroad) grant for the 2017-2018 timeframe. American high-school students on the YES Abroad program will spend one academic semester or year in countries across the globe! Another program to consider is the American Youth Leadership Program, a leadership training exchange program for U.S. high school students and adult mentors. Participants travel abroad to gain firsthand knowledge of foreign cultures and to examine globally significant issues, such as the environment and climate change, food security and nutrition, the role of the media, and science and technology. is here to provide the resources you need to make this a summer to remember! For more programs and benefits to explore before your summer adventures, browse our benefit categories to see if you are eligible.

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