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 offers a variety of summer academic and enrichment programs for 4th-12th grade students and parents/caregivers, offered through courses, workshops, and more! Our programs are available for all academic and creativity levels, and we encourage students to step out of their comfort zones and challenge themselves. Y.E.S. Academy provides a positive, early-on college experience where students can thrive by trying something new, learning new skills, and challenging themselves in a college environment. This mission, we hope, will create new discoveries and decisions leading to each student's own unique pathway for success. We are proud to deliver:

  • College for Kids Courses
  • Volunteer Opportunities for 11th-12th grade students
  • Parent University Workshops (tuition-free / in partnership with UCSD Extension)

Y.E.S. Academy Booklet 2024 (Accessible PDF)

Register for Y.E.S. Academy

Session I:  June 10 - June 20, 2024

Session II: June 24 - July 3, 2024 

4th-8th Grade Programs

Programs for entering 4th-9th grade students include course offerings under our College for Kids program area. These courses are available for all academic and creativity levels.

Y.E.S. Academy 4th - 8th Grades 


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Challenging & enriching courses that allow students to learn something new or refine their skills through projects, practice, discussions, and hands-on experiences.

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Writer's Cafe


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, drawing, or going on a short walk for "writer's inspiration" each day!


High School Programs (grades 9 - 12) 

Our high school programs are made to support the academic and career pathways of students. Programs include career exploration courses, and volunteer opportunities.

Y.E.S. Academy High School - 9th - 12th Grades

Career Exploration

Career Exploration


Noncredit career exploration courses are available to students in grades 9-12. Students are introduced to new perspectives into various careers, and the possibilities of their future. 




Entering 11th-12th grade students can apply to assist instructors in the classroom, while gaining volunteer hours! Contact the Y.E.S. Academy coordinator if you are interested in helping out during the intersession at (619) 421-6700 ext 5953 or email




Partial scholarships are available. Please donwload application, fill out and return it to Y.E.S. Academy Coordinator. Deadline is May 1, 2024

More Support and Resources

Y.E.S. Academy offers support for families! In addition, you may find interest in SWC Continuing Education's programs and class offerings.


Parent University Workshops


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

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Continuing Education


Continuing Education provides students with extended studies designed to support professional advancement and personal success. There are no transcripts or grades; many are tuition-free, while other offerings require a nominal fee.  Check our Continuing Education Page.


Sponsoring Students

Are you a community member or business interested in sponsoring students 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 contact us at