Youth Programs

Y.E.S. Academy at Southwestern College

Welcome to Y.E.S. Academy! SWC's Youth Excellence and Success (Y.E.S.) Academy summer program is here to offer a variety of learning and enrichment for 4th-12th grade students and parents/caregivers, offered through courses, workshops, and more! 
We are proud to deliver:

  • College for Kids Courses
  • Sally Ride Science Courses (in partnership with UCSD Extension)
  • Career Exploration Programs for High School Students
  • Parent University Workshops (in partnership with UCSD Extension)

Our summer 2021 program will be held virtually and registration is NOW OPEN!

View our Summer 2021 Virtual Programs Brochure.
Have questions? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.

"Y.E.S. Academy was an amazing experience for my student. I was extremely happy that there was a program that I could afford and that my student could learn and benefit from. We will be back next year!"

Register for our Programs:

College for Kids/Sally Ride Science Courses (4th-9th)

Career Exploration Webinars (9th-12th)

Parent University Virtual Workshops

Y.E.S. Academy Program Areas

CFK Students

College for Kids

Entering 4th-9th grade students

Challenging & enriching courses that allow students to learn something new or refine their skills through projects, practice, discussions, and hands-on experiences. Courses are available for all academic and creativity levels (proof of eligibility not required). Read the descriptions of each course to find the right fit for your student(s)! Register Here.

SRS Students

Sally Ride Science

Entering 4th-9th grade students

In partnership with UCSD Extension, these unique STEAM courses provide opportunties for students to participate in classes involving Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). Courses are available for all academic and creativity levels (proof of eligibility not required). Read the descriptions of each course to find the right fit for your student(s)! Register Here.


New! Career Exploration

High school students

Our newest addition to Y.E.S. Academy! Career exploration FREE webinars are available for high school students in summer 2021. These webinars will introduce students to new perspectives into various career fields, and the possibilities of their future. Register Here!

 Parent University

Parent University Workshops

Parents and Caregivers of K-12 Students

Offered in partnership with UCSD Extension, Parent University workshops provide parents/caregivers with information to help support themselves and their student(s) along their academic, social, and emotional journey. Register Here.


SAT Prep Boot Camp

High School Students

(Not offered in summer 2021) SAT Prep Boot Camp, offered in partnership with UCSD Extension, provides 16 hours of strategies and skills to help improve SAT test outcomes. 


Writer's Cafe Lunch Supervison

Open to all Y.E.S. Academy Students

(Not offered in summer 2021) Made to bridge the gap between morning and afternoon courses, Writer's Cafe allows for students to enjoy their lunch on the Student Union Patio while journal writing or drawing each day! Students can also go on a short walk with a staff member for some "writer's inspiration" and to put in some exercise in between courses. Students need to bring their lunch each day and we supply the supervision and journals. 



11th-12th Grade Students

(Not offered in summer 2021) Entering 11th-12th grade students can assist an instructor in the classroom this summer, while gaining volunteer hours!

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The Y.E.S. Academy 2021 scholarship application period is now closed. If additional opportunties become available, they will be posted here on our webpage.

Sponsoring Students

Are you a community member or business interested in sponsoring students to participate in Y.E.S. Academy? We welcome any donations to help support the tuition of Y.E.S. Academy students who are in need. All donated funds will be sent directly to our Southwestern College Y.E.S. Academy Foundation Fund, which will be applied to the tuition of students in need for the upcoming summer. We hope that you will consider joining us in supporting our local youth! To donate, please click on the below box.

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Contact Us

For more information, contact us at (619) 421-6700 x5953 or email