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Due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty of summer programming, we regretfully have decided to cancel this year’s PATHS application. For more information you can email

Who Should Apply?

First generation, underrepresented, or undocumented students (with or without DACA) whose sights are set on higher education.

Student must be:

  • Rising 9th graders (student must currently be in 8th grade and will be going into 9th grade this fall)
  • First generation college student (none of your parents have gone to college in the US)
  • Any citizen status including DREAMer (student with or without DACA)
  • Committed to finishing high school
  • Ready to participate in all four years of PATHS from 9th grade to the end of your 12th grade year

What participation means:

You must be committed to attending:

  • Weeklong day camp at the University of Utah
    • You will spend the week getting to know your peers through fun activities like swimming and a rope course challenge. We will also provide the prep to be successful in high school by working on your writing and research skills, and teaching you useful skills to manage the social dynamics of high school.
  • Overnight camp at the University of Utah
    • Live like a freshman and experience college life. Live in the dorms with your new friends, and get a taste of independence. You will also have the opportunity to meet with U of U professors and students to start exploring your future education and career.
  • Engagement activities throughout the school year
    • Catch up with your camp friends through fun cultural and community service orientated activities.

Participation in the PATHS program requires a one-time fee of $15. PATHS provides lunch and transportation to and from the University of Utah. The overnight program is also covered in this fee. If this fee is an issue please let the PATHS team know.

PATHS is able to support students through the generous donations of Youth Education’s Parent Club and the support of Continuing Education and Community Engagement.


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Online Application:

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 admit students based on the quality of the application (which includes the answers to the written questions) and based on need.

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

Please Check Back Winter 2021 for Application Information.

New Student & Parent Orientation Night: TBD
Camp Dates at the University of Utah:
Day camp: June 15th - 19th from 9am - 4pm
Overnight camp: July 21st - July 23rd
BONUS: Transportation is provided from locations throughout the valley for both camps*


Contact Us!

We want to hear from you. We know you probably have questions. We have answers. For information please contact:
or at 801-587-9025

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Photo Release Policy:

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