For Students

2018 Summer Youth Institute: July 21-29

Applications Now Open | 2018 SYI Class to be announced 

Friday, June 22nd

Click Here for a Sample Daily Schedule


Dear Future SYIer, 

Summer Youth Institute Participants are current high school freshmen and sophomores seeking to learn ways to make a difference in their community, create change in the world, and have tons of fun doing it.

Most SYI experiences happen at the University of Mississippi, in Oxford, Miss.  You’ll enjoy a college-like experience by staying in residence halls, eating at campus dining facilities, and performing research on campus.


At the Summer Youth Institute, you will learn about what you can do to change your community from the inside out, starting with you how you view and process the world around you.  The SYI experience teaches participants new ways of talking about diversity and change, and much more.  SYIers take several field trips around Mississippi to learn about the rich Civil Rights history of your state and the people and places that make that history so rich and instructive. One of the most surprising things that come out of these trips is how close to your age so many of those who shaped Civil Rights in your state were when they began; they are older now, of course, but students are often surprised to learn that some of the names they learn belong to people who live in their towns and counties.


You will meet new people, make awesome friends, and become a part of the growing community of the William Winter Institute.  Apply to the Summer Youth Institute to take your leadership skills to a new level and to become a part of the new leadership for Mississippi!

To learn more about SYI, visit our Summer Youth Institute and FAQ pages.

If you’re ready to begin your SYI journey, click HERE.


The Winter Institute


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