Student Opportunities

Coming up in Summer 2019


Tacoma Sound to Summit Program Dates Crew 1: 6/24-7/26 | Crew 2: 7/29-8/30
Do you want to be a part of something that makes a difference in your own community? Youth Corps Community crews will learn how to build trails, enhance natural habitats, remove invasive species, and develop many other valuable skills while connecting young people to their local and regional community.
The Tacoma Sound to Summit crew will be comprised of 9 youth (15-18) and 2 adult leaders. They will work for five weeks in total. The first four will be working with the city of Tacoma as a youth community program completing a variety of projects. Youth will meet each morning at the crew vehicle which is centrally located in town, complete
somewhere around 6-6.5 hours of work, have one hour of education, and return to the meeting location. The crews’ fifth week will be take them to Mt. Rainier National Park to complete conservation projects, recreate, and learn about natural resources and the outdoors. During this fifth and final week they will camp in the national park the entire time.
Northwest Youth Corps will provide food, transportation, and can help provide additional required camping equipment if needed. This crew’s time together will end in a graduation ceremony in Mt Rainier National Park.
During these five weeks, participants gain real world experience while enhancing their community’s natural environment. Through a focus on local projects, members will become more connected and invested with the area in which they live and can take pride in the benefits they create for their neighborhood. In their experience at Mt Rainier these young people will be exposed to one of the country’s most iconic national parks. During this time they will learn about our nation’s history of public lands and will complete service projects to benefit the park.
Benefits: $250 per week and up to $50 per week in bonuses + earn school credit
for Ages 15-18 in Tacoma, WA
NWYouthCorps .org
(541) 349-5055
NYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer


2018 Sound to Summit Final Report.pdf

MESA Washington STEM Summer Camps 2019

Application Deadline - June 21st, 2019

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2019 MESA STEM Boot Camp Series

“Inspiring Tomorrow’s Innovators”

This summer for the first time MESA is offering a series of one-week summer camps for middle school students covering STEM topics, such as

Engineering, Gaming, Aeronauticsand Robotics. The summer camp is designed to focus on four STEM topics and will be held in four different locations.

 Each camp will serve 25 students. Students will be allowed to participate in one camp only, Monday through Friday, with a topical field trip each Friday.

Who can attend: The camps are designed for middle school students. Students must be entering or attending middle school in the 2019/20 school 

year (ages 11-14).

How much will the camps cost: The camp is free and open to middle school students only.

MESA STEM Summer Camp schedule is as follows:
Each camp will be held 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, with the exception of Camp 4 which is an evening camp and will be held 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm with a day

field trip on Friday August 9th. Camps will include snacks.

  • July 8th – 12th: Aeronautics, Tacoma Community College
  • July 22nd – 26th: Gaming, Baker Middle School
  • July 29th – August 2nd: Robotics, Grey Middle School
  • August 5th – 9th: Engineering, Graduate Tacoma (Note: this is an evening camp and will be held 5:30 – 8:30 pm)

How to Apply: Each camp will be limited to 25 students and placement is offered on a first-come first served basis. To apply, please visit the Tacoma

MESA website at Here you will find additional program information and the application. You will have the opportunity to 

submit the application on line or you can print and send to the MESA Program Office.

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Coming up in May 2019

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Native Student Success Summit Day Hosted by Highline College

Thursday, May 2, 2019 

This free event for students is designed to inspire and empower high school students to be successful in higher education and beyond. This event is for current Native high school students. The Indian Education program will provide a bus and chaperones for this event that will depart from Madison Complex on the morning of the event. Parents are responsible for transporting their child to Madison for pickup and drop-off after the event.

  •      Submit a pre-approved excused absence request to your child’s high school to be approved by the principal. Call your child’s high school main office for information on preapproved absence.
  •      RSVP with the TPS Indian Education Program to Liz Leines 253-571-1820 before April 26, 2019 and we will pre-register your child for the event. No need for you to do so.  35 seats are available on the bus.  First to sign up will have priority.
  •      Parents must provide drop-off and pick-up transportation to Madison Complex on day of event.
  •      Parents must sign their child in at drop-off and sign their child out at pick-up.
Event: Highline College Native Student Success Summit 
     - Bus will leave Madison Complex - 3111 S. 43rd St. Tacoma WA, 98422 at 7:30 a.m. for Highline
       College in Des Moines, WA.
     - Bus will return to Madison Complex at approximately 1:45 to 2:00 p.m.
     - Light breakfast and lunch will be provided 

Tacoma Public Schools Indian Edcuation Program & Tacoma Community College

2019 - 2020 Native American Student Achievment Program Scholarship

For the fourth consecutive year, Tacoma Community College, the Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) Indian Education Program, and the Tacoma Community College Foundation will offer the Native American Student Achievement Program scholarship (NASAP). The TPS Indian Education Program and Tacoma Community College have a long-standing relationship through co-sponsorship of the annual TCC Powwow since 2006. This partnership exemplifies respect in recognizing and honoring our local Native American/Alaskan Native students and families. 

Scholarship Criteria  

  • Participate in the TPS Indian Education (Title VI) Program. It is not required that you are enrolled in a tribe or corporation. Students whose parent(s), and/or grandparent(s) maintain tribal affiliation qualify.  
  • Be a TPS High School senior graduating by June 2019.  
  • Graduate with a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.  
  • Completed the Free Application for Federal School Aid (FAFSA)  
  • Plan to attend Tacoma Community College starting fall 2019, and complete the online admissions application 
  • Once enrolled at TCC, you must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA.  
  • Apply online by Friday, April 26th, 2019, no later than 5:00 pm 
  • For more details please see the scholarship flier - TCC-TPS_NASAP_application_2019.pdf
  • To apply please visit - 


Hilltop Scholars  - We Build Leaders - Getting You College and Career Ready

HILLTOP SCHOLARS serves 9th–12th grade students attending Tacoma high schools.
Our goal is to help students get the support they need to experience success in school and be college and career ready.
Hilltop Scholars has a summer, school year and family component.
Academic coaching
College Prep and Career Advising
Enrichment Opportunities

For more information, see fliers - 

Hilltop Scholars About.pdf

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Free Live, Online SAT Workshops  - Prior to the March 27th test.

Tuesday, March 19, 2:15 - 4:30 pm

Thursday, March 21, 2:15 - 4:30 pm

To register for on e of these live, online events, visit - or email with stuent's full name, school, graduation year, and preferred wrokshop date.

Learn to Code Workshop

LEARN TO CODE is a workshop for young people ages 12 to 16 who have foster, adoptive, or relative families. The kids who attend will learn how to code their own program with the guidance of experts. They will leave having learned the basics of software programming. They’ll also leave with a special surprise that will enable continued learning and success long after the workshop ends.
LEARN TO CODE will take place on April 27, 2019. Parents can get all the details and register at Eventbrite.
Please share this news with your foster, adoptive or relative families and think about young people you know who may be interested. Make sure they know about this opportunity. Send a personal email, send an invitation directly from Eventbrite, or share this Facebook post from the Many Lights page.
The workshop is FREE and limited to 15 students. Spaces are likely to fill up fast and I encourage you to pass this on today!

Certified Assistant Nursing (CNA) Summer Program

  • Healthcare is a growing field and the 3rd largest employment sector in the US.
  • This summer, for the 3rd year, Tacoma Public Schools will prepare 18 students in earning a nursing assistant certificate and .5 credits.
  • It is a free 3 week program only for current 10th and 11th grade students.
  • Students must be 16 and older by the start of the program on July 8th.
  • Applications are now open and close Fri March 29th.  Visit:

Maxim Healthcare Service - Autism Summer Program

For more info see flier - 

Autism Summer Program_rev3.pdf

Tacoma Ocean Fest Youth Story Contest 2019 - Call for entries "Our Ocean, Our Lives, Our Future"

What: Youth storytelling contest in conjunction with Tacoma Ocean Fest, a one-day free festival at the Foss Waterway Seaport bringing arts, sciences and water fun to celebrate and protect the ocean.

How: Tell your ocean story through a poem, short film or graphing.

Why: Prizes, publicity and fame at Tacoma Ocean Fest.

 2019 OF Youth Story Overview and Rules 2019.docx

2019 Youth Story Contest Resources.docx

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We want to hear your thoughts on the ocean and its effects on all our lives and the future


Make a graph! e.g. interview your community & elders or study salmon data, and graph your findings

Make a short film!  E.g. participate in a video about the importance of the Salish Sea to you and/or your tribe

Write a poem! E.g. write about poem about your relationship with the ocean or a threat to our waters

The Tacoma Ocean Fest Youth Story Contest is open to all middle and high school age students who attend Chief Leschi School or live or learn in the Tacoma Public School District.

Theme for 2019: Our Ocean, Our Lives, Our Future.

Every entry receives a coupon for a personal pizza.  Finalists present their work live at Tacoma Ocean Fest, June 9, 2019 at the Foss Waterway Seaport museum, and could win cash prizes and movie tickets.  All finalists get an invite to a boat cruise on the Sound. 

Our waterways are threatened by pollution and climate change; our orcas are endangered.  Speak up: Be the voice of the ocean.

For more information see  Best wishes on  your entry!  Please do not hesitate to contact us:

Sponsored by: Tacoma Sunrise Rotary, Round Table Pizza and The Grand Cinema, with help from Waka Waka Studios and Tacoma Public Library.

Rules and Info at

Questions to

NY'EHE Summer Camp


NY'EHE Summer Camp

Native youth exploring higher education

FREE summer camp for Native youth entering 9th and 10th grades

Application due June 15

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Bank of America Student Leaders - 

Bank of America is looking for the next generation of community leaders. If you are a junior or senior in high school and are working to make a difference in your school or community, we want to support you. 

As a Student Leader, you will participate in an eight-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization where you will learn first-hand about the needs of your community and the critical role nonprofits play. In addition, you will learn valuable civic, social and business leadership skills. Each Student Leader will attend the Student Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. where you will learn how government, business and the nonprofit sector work together to address critical community needs. 

To become a Student Leader, you must:
  • Currently be a junior or senior in high school
  • Be able to participate in an 8-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization and work 35 hours a week
  • Be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship through the end of September 2019
  • Be able to participate in a week-long Student Leders Summit in Washington, DC (July 8 - July 13, 2019) (All expenses paid. This week will be part of your 8-week experience.)
  • Be a student in good standing at your school
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator.
Please note, Bank of America employees or members of their family are NOT eligible for nomination. Family members include: spouse or domestic partner, child (including by adoption), parent, grandparent, grandchild, cousin, aunt, uncle, sibling, parent-in-law, brother-in-law or sister-in-law of the employee or the employee’s spouse or domestic partner, as well as step relationships. 

For questions concerning this program, please call 1-800-218-9946.

MultiCare Nurse Camp - July 15-19th, 2019

MultiCare Nurse Camp 2019 Application will open January 7, 2019 at 5pm and will close March 7, 2019.

Are you a current high school sophomore, junior or senior wondering what it would be like to be a nurse or allied health professional?

MultiCare’s Annual Nurse Camp is a unique opportunity to explore these exciting careers — and thanks to gracious donations from a variety of community organizations and businesses, including MultiCare , the MultiCare Nurse Camp is FREE!

Our goal is to encourage, inspire, and support students who are considering nursing or allied health professions, such as pharmacy, radiology, or physical therapy.

At the 2019 MultiCare Nurse Camp, from 8:30am - 4:30pm, July 15th-19th, you’ll join professional nurses and other allied health care providers as they care for patients in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Cancer Center, Labor & Delivery, Pediatric Care, and Adult Surgical Care areas at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, WA. You will also participate in hands-on station rotations, mock codes, and even visit a local nursing school. In short, you’ll get a firsthand, behind the scenes look at the multifaceted world of nursing and allied health.

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yәhaw̓ is a year-long Indigenous community­-based project culminating in the inaugural exhibition at Seattle Office Of Arts & Culture's ARTS at King Street Station opening in Spring 2019. The exhibition is accompanied by a mentorship training cohort, satellite shows, residencies, vendor opportunities and partner programs. yәhaw̓ will feature the work of 200+ Indigenous creatives at over 20 sites across Seattle and beyond. Curated by Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole), Asia Tail (Cherokee), and Satpreet Kahlon, this project series will celebrate the depth and diversity of Indigenous art made in the Pacific Northwest.

Learn more at and follow @yehawshow on Instagram or Facebook.

Call to Indigenous Teen Artists

Exhibition Opportunity at the Vera Project in February 2019

Application Deadline: December 30, 2018, 11:59pm
More Information:
To Apply:

This call is open to Indigenous teens meeting the following requirements:

  • Must be between 13-20 years old before February 2019
  • Must self-identify as Indigenous (can be from any tribe or group world-wide)
  • Must live in Western Washington

About this Opportunity
Curated by Aiyanna Stitt (Choctaw) alongside Moe'nayah Holland and Michael Anderson of Teens in Tacoma, the yəhaw̓ Indigenous Teen Art Show aims to recognize the artistic abilities and talents of young people in our communities. While young Indigenous creatives are under-represented in the mainstream art world, this show hopes to highlight their capabilities.

Indigenous teens working in any art form, regardless of experience, and from any tribal affiliation, are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by early January, and artwork pick up plans will be coordinated individually. The selected artists will have their work featured in a month-long group exhibition at the Vera Project in Seattle in February 2019, accompanied by a series of live performances during the opening reception. All exhibiting artists will receive a small gift in acknowledgement of their contribution, and some will also be interviewed and featured on
How to Submit
Submit short written responses and artwork samples at
We can also take applications via email, phone, or mail as needed.

ApplicationYehaw Paper Application.pdf

Email, call or text 253-336-6477, or use the contact form on our website at

University of Washington Tacoma Presentations for Indian Education Program Seniors and Juniors - 

A representative from University of Washington Tacoma will be presenting information to TPS Indian Education Program high school seniors and juniors.

Schedule - 

  • Mount Tahoma  - Library
    • Thursday, November 29, 12:30 - 1:00
  • Stadium - Library
    • Monday, December 3rd, 12:15 - 12:45
  • Wilson - Career Center
    • Wednesday, December 5th, 12:30 - 1:00
  • Lincoln - To Be Determined
  • Foss - To Be Determined

Coding With Kids - Amazon Future Engineer - Inspiring future inventors and engineers.

  • Amazon Future Engineer is funding CwK scholarships for students with financial need. The Amazon Future Engineer program increases access and affordability to computer science education for students. As part of this initiative, Coding with Kids is now actively accepting Scholarship Applications on a needs basis for 2019 Camps & Classes
  • Coding with Kids is a computer science academy for ages 5-16. Our mission is to inspire students around the country to become future engineers and inventors! We bring summer camps and after-school classes to multiple U.S. cities and offer live online classes that can be taken from anywhere.
  • Coding with Kids curriculum is designed to grow with our students. The Coder's Ladder, similar to martial arts belt system, defines computer programming skills from beginner to advanced levels. Levels are taught in age and experience appropriate development environments, from Scratch to professional languages, such as Python or Java.  
  • More Information         

Native American Political Leadership Program - Semester in Washington's Scholarship for Native Students - NAPLP

  • Learn how political decisions are made, how power is wielded and how government is run. 
  • Semester in Washington Politics at the George Washington University was founded in 1995 as a hands-on, non-partisan, academic experience for students interested in the political process.
  • Semester in Washington Politics alumni have gone on to work for political campaigns, federal agencies, members of Congress, public affairs groups, and state and local government. Some have run for elected office themselves.
  • The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is a full scholarship for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students who want to take part in Semester in Washington Politics. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students, including those who have completed their undergraduate degree but have not yet enrolled in a graduate program. NAPLP is made possible by a generous grant from AT&T.
  • NAPLP scholarships are awarded to students based on academic ability, leadership potential, and an interest in politics. Students from all tribes and from every part of the United States are welcome to apply. There is no application fee for those applying for the NAPLP scholarship.
  • If interested, please visit both links below.
  • MORE INFORMATION about the Native American Political Leadership Program
  • MORE INFORMATION about Semester in Washington Politics.  You will also find the link to apply on this page.
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  • Learn how to pay for college
  • Meet with financial aid experts
  • Get free access to computers, printers and internet
  • See your Senior Toolkit for more info on paying for college


October is Discover U Month! Tacoma Public School high schools will be hosting Discover U activities to help students discover the possibilities you have for post-secondary education, whether it be university, college, job or military.


For many students, attending a two- or four-year college, university, or vocational school is a crucial next step on their path to fulfilling their career and life dreams. If you want to help your child meet their higher education goals, join us on our 3rd annual parent college tours.


From October 9th- October 30th, Tacoma Public Schools is sponsoring tours of six outstanding local colleges. We will provide transportation to and from each institution. Each visit includes a customized tour and presentation from college staff on the admissions process, financial aid and scholarships and college life unique to each school.



Buses leave from the Central Administrative Building at 601 S. 8th Street, Tacoma WA, 98405 at the times listed below. Roundtrip visits will last 2-3 hours, depending on location.

Scheduled visits:

· Tues.,   October 9: University of Washington-Tacoma (5:40 pm)

· · Thurs., October 18: Pacific Lutheran University (4:45 pm)

. Tues.,   October 23: University of Puget Sound (5:30 pm)

. Thurs., October 25: Pierce College (5:30 pm)

· Tues.,   October 30:  Bates Technical College (5:30 pm)

. Thurs., November 1: Tacoma Community College (5:30 pm)


For more information and to register, please visit or call the TPS Community Partnership Office at: 571-7980.

2018 - 2019 School Supplies Pick-up*


  • School Supplies Pick-up Dates and Times:

    • Monday, September 17th - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, September 18th - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, September 19th - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, September 20th - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location -

  • 3111 South 43rd Street, Tacoma, WA 98409.  The Indian Education Program offices are located in the round building.
* Students MUST be enrolled in the Tacoma Public Schools Indian Education Program in order to receive school supplies.  Not enrolled yet?  You may apply for enrollment on-site or fill out and bring a TITLE VI ED 506 INDIAN STUDENT ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATION FORM with you and it will be reviewed for eligibility. 

Questions?  Please call 253-571-1846.