We proudly sponsor educational experiences and coordinate events that provide support and services to youth and their families.

Our Youth Programs include:

  • Academic Bowl
  • Battle of the Books
  • National Literary Competition
  • Summer Youth Camps
  • Youth Debate Bowl

In providing these programs, we are creating a bridge between hearing society and deaf realities. We understand that inclusion and education will ultimately lead to a world in which we all understand each other.


Summer Youth Camps

Summer Youth Camps are designed for middle and high school students up to the age of 19. Our programs provide exciting summer learning and experiential opportunities against the backdrop of a world-class bilingual environment just minutes away from the U.S. Capitol.

Got Skills?

Designed for deaf and hard of hearing middle school students who will be in the 7th-9th grades in the fall. Campers will design their own camp experience by choosing between blocks of programs. All campers will experience instruction in team building and leadership. Here's what...

Deaf Youth Pride

Designed for deaf and hard of hearing high school students who will be in the 9th-12th grades in the fall. This is a camp for those who identify as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community and want to learn new skills to become an advocate...

Academic Bowl

The Gallaudet University Academic Bowl was established to foster academic excellence, healthy competition, and sportsmanship among deaf and hard of hearing youth – all while making lifelong friends. Every year, Gallaudet University hosts regional competitions for teams of deaf and hard of hearing high school...

Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books is a reading competition for deaf and hard of hearing students in grades 5-8. Students across the nation read the same assigned books and then compete against each other by answering true or false, short answer, multiple choice, and presentation...

National Literary Competition

The National Literary Competition is a writing and American Sign Language (ASL) competition open to all deaf and hard of hearing students in grades 2-12. To participate, students must create original written or ASL submissions in accordance with the year’s theme. The purpose of the...

Meet the Team

Chanel Bonheyo

Manager, Youth Programs

Alison O'Hara

Youth Programs Coordinator

Casey Johnson-Pasqua

Youth Programs Coordinator



Other FAQs

Yes. We accept payment plans in installments. A minimum of a $200 deposit needs to be made ASAP in order to secure your child’s spot. Full payment is due no later than May 13, 2022 in order to guarantee your child’s spot in the program of choice. We will send an email to update you on the status of processed payments as well. Alternative payment plans may be discussed and agreed upon.

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Peet Hall 412

(202) 651-5000

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