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COVID-19 Summer Opportunities

During the Coronavirus pandemic it may be challenging to find ways to fill your summer with meaningful activities. This is an opportunity to be innovative! Specific organizations that are linked to are not endorsed or vetted by Bay; they are here to get your started, but you need to do your own legwork to check out organizations and make sure you find the best opportunities for you. Here are some ideas to pursue... 



  • Take a class online. For college credit, check that the course is “UC-approved.” Look into your local community college, as well as institutions like BYU, Global Online Academy, Silicon Valley High School, and Johns Hopkins. If credit doesn’t matter, check out Coursera and edX. If you would like Bay credit or want to remediate a course, talk with your Advisor and the Academic Office to get approval.
  • Read, read, read – and keep a book list! Start a spreadsheet that tracks the name, author, and length of each book. You can also use an app like Goodreads that integrates with your Kindle. Share with friends, or perhaps even start a virtual book club.
  • Create projects through NASA at Home, or compete in a writing contest or juried art show.
  • Find a virtual camp in a topic you’re interested in. Lots of camps are going virtual this summer, which means you can participate from anywhere, and try out camps that aren’t based in the Bay Area. 



  • Learn more about colleges – attend virtual information sessions and campus tours, and/or watch student-made videos on CampusReel. Attend workshops about the college process offered by Compass or Collegewise; read the Fiske Guide for a third-party description of schools.
  • Create a resume and a student LinkedIn profile! 



  • Work on your Common Application essay with a goal of completion by mid-August.
  • Select your UC Personal Insight Questions and start drafting.
  • Continue ACT/SAT prep for fall sittings.
  • Where applicable, work on your athletic resume/highlight reel or arts portfolio for submission. 
  • Begin brainstorming for your Senior Signature Project.



  • Volunteer for a political campaign – we still have elections in November! 
  • Fundraise for a local organization or business struggling from COVID-19. 
  • Got coding skills? Help a nonprofit in need! 
  • Volunteer for a meal delivery program or food pantry.
  • Tutor kids sheltering in place through Quarantutors.
  • Give blood, or even organize a blood drive! 
  • Help build a home in the Bay Area with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Volunteer to be an online conversation partner for someone learning English.
  • Check out VolunteerMatch for more local and online service opportunities.



  • Learn to cook/bake, create new recipes, start a garden or compost system!
  • Learn yoga, meditation, or other wellness practices. 
  • Build something! A bike, an item of clothing, a piece of furniture, a mural... 
  • Develop your coding skills by creating a website, game or app.