WASHINGTON WEEK

A Leadership Program for Girls interested in Making a Global Impact

FOR rising 10th-12th Graders

July 15 - July 21:  Domestic Policy & Communications

July 22 - July 28:  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, A FOREIGN EMBASSY OR IN COMMUNICATIONS.

A PERFECT FIT FOR GIRLS INTERESTED IN  HISTORY, GOVERNMENT, ECONOMICS, WRITING AND HUMAN AFFAIRS!

One Week Overnight stay, all expenses included: $475

(Compare to similar summer programs for high school students at local colleges valued at $2,800+)

New! In 2018 we will offer local students the option to attend some of the Evening seminars.

                                   Visit to Congress

                                 Visit to Congress

                                              World Bank

                                            World Bank

                                 Lithunaian Embassy

                               Lithunaian Embassy

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.”
— From our 2017 participants
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.”
— From our 2017 participants

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. 

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 in 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. 
  • Make new friends!

Application Deadlines:  SPACE IS LIMITED.  

Students will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis depending on program availability. 

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.

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

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

Washington Week in photos...