California Youth Think Tank at USC

CYTT Leadership Day Camp

Eligibility: Grades 9-12 (including incoming freshmen and graduating seniors)

Program Description

 A four-day leadership program for high school students (includes incoming freshman and graduating seniors). Selected participants will attend daily classes and participate in dynamic training workshops, participate in fun activities and events, engage their peers in lively and challenging debates, and present final projects for evaluation.  Upon completion, participants will receive awards of recognition and college recommendation letters upon request.

Program Fee

$150  Standard Fee

$75 for Free & Reduced Lunch participants & ’Need-based’ scholarship recipients*

*(verification required, submit letter of verification to

What’s included?

  • Daily buffet-style lunch

  • Comprehensive training program

  • Educational materials & supplies

  • Access to campus facilities

  • Trophies & awards

  • College letters of recommendation

Knowledge & Skills Gained

  • Leadership
  • Effective communication (oral & written)
  • Critical thinking
  • Public speaking
  • Research
  • Organization
  • Debate
  • Collaboration & team building
  • Human relations
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-esteem

*Reduced fee rate applies to students who participate in a Free & Reduced Lunch program in public school, or receive a Need-Based Scholarship to attend private school.

Student Applications available 1/17/23