A camp celebrating excellence in African American and Black Youth, grades 5-12.

2023 Dates Coming Soon! 


School Year Activities

Celebrating Our Voices Event Nov 8

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What is SO Black Youth Summer Institute (SOBYSI)?

In collaboration with the Southern Oregon Black and African American Student Success Grant, SOU Pre-College Youth Programs is happy to announce new summer programming in celebration of Black/African American Youth in Southern Oregon. The Southern Oregon Black Youth Summer Institute is a residential camp exploring a broad range of classes, lectures, cultural experiences and recreational activities in a university setting for students completing grades 5-12. Selected students will interact with other students living in Southern Oregon who identify as a community member of the African diaspora, a worldwide collection of communities descended from native Africans. Participants will also spend time with Black/African American leaders, and instructors during classes, presentations, and recreational activities. The tuition for 2022 is $50 which is thanks to Grantors like the African American Student Success Grant and Southern Oregon Educational School District. 

Read our informational flyer here.

How do I Apply for BYSI? 

Application coming in 2023!

Looking for the recommendation form? Download here. 

Please use an email address that you will check often as this will be the email address SOBYSI will use when notifying students of their application status, acceptance, payment information, class selection and last minute reminders. Please do not use student school emails as sometimes those accounts are deactivated over the summer. 

When you return to the system, press the 'Account Login' button and enter in your log in credentials. If you have forgotten your login credentials, press 'Account Login,' then 'Forgot Your Password?' If you have futher trouble with the system, please send us an email: youthprograms@sou.edu

What is Southern Oregon Black Youth Summer Institute (SOBYSI)?

Southern Oregon Black Youth Summer Institute (SOBYSI) is a 5 day, overnight camp held on the beatuiful Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland, OR. Upon acceptance, students stay on campus and experience days of engaging classes, cultural activites and recreational activities. 

Read our informational flyer here

More questions? 

You are welcome to email our team at youthprograms@sou.edu

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