PATHS How To Apply
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PATHS Application is open to 8th graders who will be starting high school in the next academic year.

PATHS supports first-generation, underrepresented, or undocumented (with or without DACA) students whose sights are set on higher education and career pathways.

Student must be:

  • Rising 9th grader (currently in 8th grade and starting high school in the next Academic Year)
  • Prospective first-generation college student (none of your parents/guardians have gone to college in the U.S.A.)
  • Any citizen status including DREAMer (student with or without DACA)
  • Committed to completing high school and participating in PATHS until graduation

What participation means:

We are so excited that you are interested in the PATHS program! Before applying you should know you must be committed to attend the following for every year you are in high school:

  • 2 weeks of summer camp every year until you graduate
  • Monthly activities and workshops throughout the school year
  • Monthly tasks and challenges called Milestones to keep you on track throughout the year
  • Weekly on-line support from PATHS mentors and tutors

The application includes questions that will help us get to know you better and tells us why you want to join PATHS. A committee will review each application and select students based on the quality of their application and criteria met.

Preference will be given to students who are first generation and who are able to attend the both weeks of camp.

Before You Begin the Application:

The most important part of the application are the essay questions. This is for us to get to know you better and learn why you're interested in joining PATHS. The more you can tell us about yourself the better chance you have to get into the program! Please take the time to provide thoughtful and detailed answers.
*Students will be admitted into this program based on the quality of their answers.

Please be prepared to write at minimum 3-4 sentences per question. We highly encourage you to prepare these answers ahead of time so that you can copy and paste them into your application.

  1. Explain why you want to join the PATHS program:
  2. Tell us about your commitment to finishing high school and how the PATHS program can help you graduate:
  3. Describe what you want your life to look like in 10 years.
  4. How would you describe yourself to someone who doesn’t know you?
  5. Tell us about a struggle or challenge you have faced in life, and how you overcame it:
  6. Who has been the biggest influence in your life, and why?

Program Acceptance:

Priority will be given to students who are who are able to attend BOTH weeks of camp. If for any reason a student is not able to attend either week of camp, that student may be placed on a waiting list unless a spot opens up.

Students will be notified of acceptance by email so it is important to have an accurate email address entered in the application.

PATHS provides lunch and transportation to and from the University of Utah, and covers all fees associated with activities for the program.

The PATHS program is able to support students free of charge through the generous donations of Youth Education’s Parent Club, the support of Continuing Education, and through individual donations.

For new students accepted into the program, a one-time registration fee of $15 is required to confirm their spot. If this fee is an issue, please let the PATHS team know.

Apply here for the PATHS Program at the following link:    Apply Now  

Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí:    Aplica Ya  



New Student & Parent Orientation Night: TBD
Orientación para nuevos estudiantes y padres: TBD
Summer 2024 Camp Dates at the University of Utah:
Residential camp: TBD
Day camp: TBD
*NOTE: Transportation is provided from locations throughout the valley for all camps.

2024 Campamentos de verano en la Universidad de Utah:
Campamento residencial: TBD
Campamento diurno: TBD
*NOTA: Se proporciona transporte desde lugares designados en todo el valle para todos los campamentos.

Do you have questions? Or thoughts? We’d love to hear from you.
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Photo Release Policy:

Parents/Guardians of registered students grant PATHS and co-sponsored partners and programs permission to use any photography and/or video of or written statements made by the student during any PATHS program for marketing purposes.

Política de publicación de fotos:

Los padres/tutores de los estudiantes registrados otorgan permiso a PATHS, socios y programas copatrocinados para usar fotografías y/o videos o declaraciones escritas realizadas por el estudiante durante cualquier programa PATHS con fines de marketing.