Experience YSSS

When is YSSS 2020?

The program will run from July 10, 2020 to August 2, 2020.

What will I do at YSSS?

Each weekday you will spend 6-8 hours at your chosen mentorship site working with your mentor, other researchers, and fellow YSSS participants. At some sites students will spend most days working closely with a faculty mentor. At other sites, students will work in labs with teams of researchers and develop closer relationships with graduate student mentors. You will experience the excitement of discovery resulting from hard work and careful attention in research and creative activities. Please note that most sites host a small group of students but there may be some that host only one.

Students will be allowed to explore their interests further through exposure to fun, engaging activities designed to inspire an enhanced enthusiasm for learning during the evening activities. Each evening you may choose to participate in one of a variety of planned activities including team building adventures, sports, games, arts and crafts, and a video yearbooks club.  Or you may continue to invest time working on your project for your mentorship site.

You will get a glimpse of some of the experiences of a college student as you take responsibility for getting yourself to your site and all required activities prepared and on time. You will live in a residence hall, eat in a dining hall, and walk to and from your site, meals, and other activities. In addition to having site mentors, you will also be assigned to a program counselor who will meet with your site group daily and help you navigate the entire experience.

Learn more about the daily schedule at YSSS.

On each of the Saturdays, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation educational advisors will facilitate activities to assist you in navigating aspects of the college admission process. For example, you will be taking two college tours and working with your advisors on your admissions essays.

Field trips devoted to having fun and getting to know your fellow YSSS participants will be scheduled for Sundays.  For the 2020 program, we currently have field trips scheduled at Holiday Hill and Lake Compounce. Following field trips, the remainder of the day will be devoted to much needed down time, relaxation, catching up on laundry, and time to work on your site project. Family members may visit you on Sundays as well.

At the end of the program, scholars will present their work at an Academic Showcase.

What mentorship sites are available for 2020?

Please see our Mentor Sites page for detailed descriptions of the mentorship sites.

Where will I stay?

You will live in a residence hall on the University of Connecticut campus. You will be housed in a suite with 2-3 other students, sharing a bathroom. YSSS has a full-time Residence Hall Director, a staff of residential program counselors, and one Executive Program Director.

This year, students will be staying in Wilson Hall within South Campus.

What will I eat?

You will be provided with 3 meals a day that you will choose from menu selections at a dining hall on campus.

Will I be able to access the UConn Recreational Center?

Yes, all YSSS participants will be provided with access to the new UConn Recreational Center. For detailed information about the equipment available at the facility, please visit the UConn Recreational Center website.

Can I earn college credit for YSSS?

Yes! We are so excited to be able to offer three (3) college credits to all scholars participating fully in mentorship site activities. Each faculty, staff, or graduate student mentor will give you a "grade" at the end of the three-week mentorship program and the UConn Registrar's Office will officially place three college credits, labeled as UNIV 1999, on your UConn transcript. You can then transfer these credits to the college or university of your choice, as long as the other institution accepts it. You can find specific instructions on how to request your transcript here.