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Enrichment Programs and Leadership Opportunities

Boys’ State/Girls’ State: American Legion/American Legion Auxiliary sponsored leadership programs. Current juniors are emailed an invitation to apply in late March/early April.

The Green Mountain Boys’ State program is a leadership and scholarship program for rising high school senior boys. The program focuses on the organization of Vermont town and state government. Delegates form a working model of town and state government representing all three branches. Boys’ State towns meet daily, and learn about the issues currently facing our state.

American Legion Auxiliary Green Mountain Girls’ State is a nonpartisan program of the American Legion Auxiliary that teaches young women responsible citizenship skills, civic engagement, and the traditions that shaped our country’s political system. Girls’ State is a premier national leadership conference, and attendees will join other talented and intelligent Vermonters in an intensive week of mock legislation.


HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership) is an organization that promotes youth leadership and sponsors a free weekend training in the spring. Interested 10th graders should see their counselors ASAP. We will be selecting 1 or 2 students to represent MMU through an essay/interview process. All are encouraged to apply. Students should see their counselors if they have questions and/or are interested in this opportunity. Students are selected in early October of each year. Additional information about HOBY Vermont can be found at

Governor's Institute

Governor’s Institute of Vermont Winter Weekends: Any Vermont 9th-12th grader can join us for a fun and intensive Winter Weekend this February! These two hands-on, residential academic/creative weekends give you the chance to make new friends from around the state, live on a college campus, complete a mentored, in-depth study challenge in the topic you choose, and gain exciting new skills and ideas. It's the perfect way to try out a Governor's Institute and ramp up your learning in 2018! 

The Governor's Institutes of Vermont Summer Program enriches the lives of motivated Vermont High school students through intensive educational experiences on Vermont college campuses. Programs emphasize experiential learning and subsequent community involvement. GIV seeks to enroll students who reflect the diversity of Vermont. Though students who have completed ninth grade are eligible for all the Institutes, older students may be given priority. Applications are available and completed online beginning Feb. 1st. More information about programs offered can be found on the Governor's Institute website:  Deadline for MMU students to apply online is Friday, March 23, 2018.


Vermont State Colleges offers various programs to high school students at no cost:

  • Introduction to College and Careers (ICC): a free class designed to help students develop strategies for college success.
  • Dual Enrollment Voucher: students who successfully complete Introduction to College Studies can apply for a VSC Rise to the Challenge Dual Enrollment Voucher to take a course at Castleton, CCV, Johnson State, Lyndon State, or VTC-tuition free!
  • Accelerated Programs: designed for seniors who have exhausted curricular options at their high school. A limited number of tuition vouchers are available for seniors who can demonstrate necessary prerequisites to available courses.

College Pathways '18:

A free college planning event sponsored by the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC). Attend workshops on essay writing for college apps, the college admissions process, SAT/ACT strategies, financial aid/scholarships, debt management, and more! Special workshops for parents! Free lunch! Three locations for your convenience: Saint Michael's College , Castleton University, and Johnson State College. Registration and workshop selection begins Jan. 1st on-line at or call 800-798-8722.

The American Legion's Law & Order Cadet Training Program

For girls and boys currently in 11th or 12th grade (minimum age of 16yrs). The purpose of this program is to expose young people to all facets of The Criminal Justice System. Held June 17-22, 2018 at the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford, VT. Interested students need to contact their nearest American Legion Post for sponsorship. Application deadline: April 15, 2018. Application must be accompanied by the fee of $275 from the American Legion Post which sponsors the student. Information and Application