A Leadership Program for Girls interested in Making a Global Impact.

program designed FOR rising 10th-12th Graders.

July 14 - July 20, 2019:  Domestic Policy & Communications

July 21 - July 27, 2019:  International Affairs & Human Rights

Receive personal exposure to the professional and political culture of Washington, D.C. 

Envision yourself working for the U.S. Government, an Embassy, or in communications.

The PERFECT program for girls interested in public service, government, communications, human rights and global affairs!

One Week Overnight stay, all expenses included: $850

(Compare to similar summer programs for high school students at local colleges valued at $2,900+)

The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court

World Bank

World Bank

Lithunaian Embassy

Lithunaian Embassy

Washington Week consists of two intense weeks of seminars, private meetings and behind the scenes discussions with individuals working in some of Washington's greatest institutions. 

Students will experience the:

  • Value of work well done

  • Importance of ethical leadership in public service

  • Joy that comes from integrating a career with family, faith and the desire to serve society.

Washington Week taught me:

“How many opportunities are available for young women but also how many people are willing to help you.”
”Not to be afraid of my future.”
”How to be a woman of faith and reason in the professional world.”
”That you don’t need an Ivy League diploma to be successful in life.”

Washington Week is:

“An important program that helps young women be confident and aspire to a wonderful career.”
”An experience like no other; I learned more in a week than the entire school year.”
”A once in a lifetime experience where you can visit intriguing professional settings and make REAL friends.”
”Eye opening and epiphanic.”

Yuma's Washington Week has offered these amazing professional opportunities to high school girls. Many of these sessions will be repeated.

Washington Week I: Domestic Policy & Communication 

  • Visit Congress, learn how congressional committees work, attend a congressional hearing.

  • Visit a Senate office and speak with the staff about their policy efforts and how they represent their home-state constituents.

  • Participate in a tour of the Supreme Court and sit in the nation's most important courtroom.

  • Listen to a former White House employee explain her daily work schedule and the importance of loyalty.

  • Attend a think-tank conference on domestic policy issues.

  • Explore the FBI and learn what it's like to be an intelligence analyst or special agent.

  • Hear about cyber security and its impact on national security.

  • Meet with an immigration lawyer and learn about law, immigration and family life.

  • Hear what it's like to intern in D.C. and how to land the internship of your dreams.

  • Visit the Federal Reserve Bank and learn from an executive how the dollar makes the U.S. economy go 'round.

  • Ponder a speechwriter explain her craft and learn about the importance of good communication.

  • Dine in the D.C. Penn Quarter.

  • Behold the beauty of Washington through its monuments and museums.

  • Engage in daily discussions with fellow participants and program leaders.

  • Make new friends!

Washington Week II: International Affairs & Human Rights 

  • Experience the World Bank in action and participate in solving a case study on anti-fraud.

  • Travel the world by visiting multiple embassies and speaking with diplomatic personnel.

  • Learn about the strategic geopolitical issues of our time.

  • Participate in a discussion on global affairs led by a former Peace Corps volunteer.

  • Hear the personal and professional stories of foreign intelligence personnel.

  • Attend a think tank panel discussing foreign affairs, global security and international trade.

  • Learn about USAID and American development efforts on the African continent.

  • Sample French pastries as you walk along Embassy Row.

  • Study and discuss a real (declassified) espionage case written by the retired intelligence officer who prepared it for training purposes.

  • Hear the personal story of a human rights dissident and dramatic details of his escape from a communist country.

  • Behold the beauty of Washington through its monuments and museums.

  • Engage in daily discussions with fellow participants and program leaders.

  • Attend seminars on ethical leadership that help students understand the importance of character and integrity in public service.

  • Students will have the opportunity to attend Mass each morning in the chapel on-site.

  • Make new friends!

Application Deadlines:  

  • Applicants interested in applying for the First Round must submit their application by March 30, 2019. Interviews will be conducted after the application, letter of recommendation and application Fee are received.

  • Notification of Acceptance/Wait List/Non-Acceptance will be received by April 19, 2019 for those who submit applications during the first round.

  • The Second Application Deadline is May 1, 2019. Students will then be accepted on a rolling admissions basis depending on program availability. After the deadline, please inquire if there is still space.

  • Given the limited space and the desired small group experience to maximize interaction, we are not able to accept all qualified candidates.

  • Priority will be given to students who have not yet had the opportunity to attend a given session of Washington Week.

2019 applicants are from: Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Italy, Philippines, Poland & Spain!

Program cost covers overnight stay at Yuma Center, meals and transportation during the program and all outings and activities.

Please feel free to email us at Washington Week if you have any questions!   Or call Yuma Center (202) 386-6904.

Washington Week in photos...