Parent FAQ- Summer 2019

When is YSSS 2019?

The program will run from July 7, 2019 to July 28, 2019.  Please note a small group of students will be arriving on July 6, 2019 due to flight schedules.

What programs are available for 2019?

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

How do students apply?

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will send you information on registering for the YSSS program. If you have not received the information, please contact your Jack Kent Cooke Foundation educational advisor.

What should students bring?

Students should bring essential items such as sneakers, appropriate clothing, a sweatshirt/jacket, toiletries, laundry detergent, backpack, and school supplies.

For a more complete list, see our Preparing for YSSS page.

Where can I send packages?

The mailing address will be as follows:

Your Name (Student Name)

c/o YSSS

2131 Hillside Road, Unit 3007

Storrs, CT  06269-3007

Mail is delivered every weekday to the YSSS office, and will be delivered from there to the residence hall on weekday afternoons. Please note that we do not receive mail on weekends.

Where will students live?

Students will live in a residence hall on the University of Connecticut campus. Students will be housed in a suite with 2-3 other students, sharing a bathroom. Additionally, students will be provided with 3 meals a day that they will choose from menu selections at a dining hall on campus.

For more information about the experience, please visit our YSSS Experience page.

When can I visit?

Parents and other family members may visit on Sundays, depending on the participants’ schedules. Students will be partaking in mandatory field trips on Sundays, so when they return or have down time they may have visitors.

Participants may not have visits from friends, unless the friends accompany a participant’s parents to campus.

Visitors may only visit the common areas of the residence hall and may not go onto a participant’s floor. The only exception to this rule is on move-in day (July 7) and move-out day (July 27). Visitors are not permitted to stay overnight in the residence hall.

Please contact the YSSS office at 860-486-4676 or if you plan on visiting.


What does the daily schedule like?

This is an example of a typical day at YSSS:

7:30-8:30 Breakfast
9:00- 4:00 Mentorship (one hour break for lunch)
4:00-5:00 Free Time
5:00-6:00 Dinner
6:30-7:15 Mandatory Evening Meetings
7:15-9:30 Evening Activities
9:30- 10:00 Student Personal Time
10:00 In-Room Curfew

For more information visit our YSSS Experience page.