Youth Programs

UCA is proud to offer a variety of educational programs designed especially for youth grades Pre-K through 12. These programs are available throughout the year and even summer. Browse the list below for current offerings. If you are looking for something specific, contact us at 501.450.3118 or outreach@uca.edu.

ACT Prep Course

This course is designed for high school students (10th grade and above) who have previously scored between 17-25 on the ACT or for high schoolers who have yet to take the test. Four UCA faculty/staff members will review subject material and offer test-taking tips to help students progress through the exam in a more reasonable and timely manner. Class sizes are kept fairly small to maximize learning. Registration for this course does not automatically register you to take the ACT exam.

Regular Fee: $100

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, June 4 - June 7

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center, UCA

Instructor: Lisa Christman, Carl Olds, Laura Bowles, Brooke Skinner

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Cake Decorating for Kids

Due to its popularity last year, we decided to bring this class back as well. Kids will join Patti Stobaugh, owner of Patticakes Bakery, in decorating a 6" round cake for Mother's Day. Patti will share techniques such as how to use Russian tips to make cool flowers and also use edible plaques for kids to write a note to mom. This evening will be a special experience for kids and a sweet treat for mom!

Regular Fee: $20

Fri, May 11 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hands-on class -- SOLD OUT (Click the button below to be placed on the waiting list.)

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Cub Fit Camp

Cub Fit Camp at UCA invites rising 4th and 5th graders to campus for a dynamic daily schedule of activities related to health and wellness. Kids will: learn about Arkansas agriculture at the mobile farm, chill out with yoga workshops, learn how fruits and vegetables can keep you from getting sick, splash around in the HPER Center pool and much more! Family members are also invited to see the campers present what they have learned on the final afternoon of camp.

Regular Fee: $100

Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, July 23 - July 27

8:30 am - 4:00 pm
For more information, please visit this page: uca.edu/outreach/cubfit

Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center

Instructor: Various health and wellness professionals

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Cubs in the Kitchen: Chocolate Wonderland

Chefs will be in a chocolate wonderland for 3 hours! Cubs, ages 7-12, will get the opportunity to incorporate the use of chocolate in savory and sweet dishes. There is one prerequisite for this class. You must love chocolate!!!

Regular Fee: $35

Wed, July 11 -

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hands-on class, ages 7-12 -- SOLD OUT (Click the button below to be placed on the waiting list.)

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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Cubs in the Kitchen: Cooking from the Heart – Toddler Edition

Food is love....food is ART. In this class, the little chefs will have the opportunity to explore their creative sides while preparing several varieties of edible art. They'll never look at food the same way when you allow them to cook from the heart. This class is intended for toddlers ages 3-6 to work alongside their favorite grownup. Allow your child's creative side to bud and develop as they also get to enjoy tasty treats!

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, April 28 -

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Hands-on class, ages 3-6 -- SOLD OUT (Click the button below to be placed on the waiting list.)

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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Cubs in the Kitchen – Culinary Camp

This three-day culinary camp for kids ages 8-12 years old is back by popular demand! Junior chefs will work in small groups to prepare a dish that will incorporate a surprise atypical food ingredient. Each day of the camp, chefs will explore a different cooking focus resulting in an exciting culinary experience. Day 1: Appetizers with a surprise ingredient Day 2: Entrée with a surprise ingredient Day 3: Desserts with a surprise ingredient This three-day "chopped junior" style camp will teach young chefs cooking skills that are sure to tap into their creative talents. In addition to being exposed to a "surprise' food ingredient each day, chefs will also take a closer look at the food items and how to incorporate them into meals at home. Note: The 2018 camp will be a repeat of the 2017 camp program & menus.

Regular Fee: $125

Sun, Tues, Wed, Thurs, June 26 - June 28

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hands-on camp, ages 8-12 -- SOLD OUT (Click the button below to be placed on the waiting list.)

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Tiffany Block

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IT Careers Camp

The IT Careers Camp is designed to heighten students' interest in computers and technology-related careers.  The camp is designed to educate students about IT careers and to encourage them to continue their education beyond high school.  Students will be part of a select group comprised of some of Arkansas' brightest students as they learn about interesting and rewarding careers in IT. If you are a rising 9th through 12th grader, submit an application! Selection is competitive.

Regular Fee: $99

Thurs, Fri, June 21 - June 22

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Location: UCA

Instructor: UCA Staff Members & Alumni

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Kids Coding Class

The Arkansas Coding Academy is proud to partner with Southwest Power Pool for the 2nd year to offer Kids Classes! Students will focus on learning Android Development and building out basic applications. Taught by full-time software developers at Southwest Power Pool, students will be encouraged to be creative and have fun! This class is for 6th grade students who are interested in app development and want to learn more. Snacks will be served before class starts.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, Thurs, May 1 - May 24

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Class will last four-weeks. Spots in class are first come, first served. We will notify you if you’ve been added to the wait list.

Location: UCA Stanley Russ Hall Room 102

Instructor: SSP Software Developers

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Reading Programs

Since 2015, UCA Outreach and Community Engagement has offered reading programs designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. The Institute of Reading Development has taught valuable reading skills to more than two million students across the United States since 1970. Like many other colleges and universities nationwide, UCA Outreach is proud to bring the Institute’s programs and instructors to families in our community. These customized programs help students become better readers at every age and inspire a love of books and reading.

Regular Fee: Varies

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Reading programs for all ages

Summer Camps

Each year, the University of Central Arkansas offers an array of summer learning opportunities for youth. We are proud to offer summer enrichment programs in reading, writing, health, foreign language and a variety of other educational topics designed especially for youth grades Pre-K through 12. These summer programs have been developed by UCA Colleges and other academic departments. Please take time to browse the entire list of offerings and sign your student up for one or more summer programs.

Regular Fee: Varies

Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat,

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Programs are offered at various campus locations.

Location: UCA Campus

Instructor: Various | UCA Summer Camps Website

Youth Leadership

Our community is faced with many of the challenges that accompany the aspects of a growing area. The Conway Area Youth Leadership Institute (CAYLI) addresses those aspects and exposes our county’s youth to opportunities for community involvement and improvement. CAYLI is a school-year program consisting of a two-day retreat and seven monthly sessions, which include human services, education, media/technology, healthcare, work world/economy, government/court system and environment/agriculture. A community service project is a vital part of the curriculum. Application Deadline is March 31, 2018.

Regular Fee: $50

Varies,

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CAYLI is September 2018-March 2019

Location: UCA Campus

Instructor: Various | CAYLI Website

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