Illini Summer Academies is a life-changing personal development experience on the University of Illinois campus. Participants from around Illinois attend academy sessions led by university professors and enjoy a variety of educational sessions that provide a taste of what is possible after high school. Redefine how you see your own potential and network with other youth leaders as you take advantage of this one-of-a-kind summer opportunity. See you June 23-27, 2024! 

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Illini Summer Academies - June 23-27, 2024

Look for applications to be opened in early January 2024. Scholarships will be available through our Trailblazers scholarship program. 

Register in Z-Suites: 

If you have not already created an account on Z-Suites, you can do so now so that when the application opens you are ready to go. See instructions on how to create a free account here:

Now Recruiting ISA 2024 Design Team Members

The Illini Summer Academies (ISA) Design Team is an opportunity for young leaders to build their communication, teamwork, and event-planning skills in a supportive and collaborative environment. Team members will play a direct role in planning and implementing the 2024 ISA which will be held on campus at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from June 23-27, 2024. 


  • Applicants must be available for a 1.5-hour planning meeting monthly starting in November 2023 until June 2024 as well as complete assigned tasks independently or in small groups. 
  • Applicants must be able to attend the 2024 ISA even in late June 2024. 

Deadline for Applications: Friday, November 3

Apply at:

Information for Academy Hosts: 

ISA 2024 Fact Sheet for Hosts: Fact Sheet

Highlights from ISA 2023:

ISA 2023 Agenda: Brochure

ISA 2023 Guidelines: Participant Overview

ISA Preview

Learn more about the Illini Summer Academy event by hearing from past participants about their experiences. 

Contact for More Information:

Youth Development Specialist, University of Illinois Extension
Mark Becker
Events Coordinator
Carla Blue