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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 for themselves and others.

Here’s what you will be doing:

  • Attend workshops and activities with your peers to learn more about yourself and various identities.
  • Meet with deaf people from diverse backgrounds and people from national LGBTQIA+ Youth organizations.
  • Learn new skills to become an advocate for yourself and others in the community.

Program fee:  $750 (some scholarships available)

Who can attend: Deaf and hard of hearing high school students who are entering the 9th-12th grades in the fall.

Note: A limit of 12 campers will be accepted into this camp.

Justification Letter for VR counselors

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FAQs

Common Questions
Yes, one set of sheets, a pillow and a set of towels (towel and wash cloth) will be provided. Your child may also bring their own linens.
Yes, for snacks in the evenings and for off-campus events. Campers will also be able to purchase snacks and Gallaudet attire at the campus bookstore.
Campers are up and at breakfast by 8:00 a.m. Classes start promptly at 9:00. After a noon lunch break, campers return back to classes for their afternoon sessions and their chosen workshops. During the evenings and weekends, we’ve planned for a variety of activities and social events, including an excursion into Washington, DC — exciting days filled with learning opportunities in an environment rich in cultural diversity!
Check in is on June 20th and check out is on June 27th. Check in times may vary due to flight times but we ask that campers arrive between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. Campers must check out of the dorms no later than 10:00am on June 27th.
Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest to Gallaudet. We will have a camp counselor meet your child at the baggage claim and accompany them on their way to Gallaudet. Baltimore Washington International (BWI) may be used as a last resort.
Campers are housed together in the Living and Learning Residence Hall 6 where there are a variety of rooming options to fit everyone’s needs.
Campers are supervised 24/7 by camp staff and qualified camp counselors specifically assigned to the Youth Programs. Additionally, all residence halls have Resident Advisors on duty in the main office.
Yes! Your Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselor can help pay for the registration fee as they are required to spend a portion of their budget on Pre-ETS programs for deaf and hard of hearing high school students. You can also ask your VR counselor for assistance in paying for your flight ticket to/from D.C. You may use this justification letter with your VR counselor. If you need further assistance in obtaining VR support, please e-mail us at Contact here.
Services and Support
A bookstore on campus sells a variety of items typically sold in a small drug store. It is closed on the weekends.
Policies and Information
Yes. If your child is traveling alone, transportation to and from the airport will be provided for those using Reagan National Airport (DCA). You will need to make other arrangements if using Washington Dulles (IAD) or Baltimore Washington International (BWI). One of our staff members will meet your child at the security gate wearing a Gallaudet t-shirt and carrying a sign with your child’s name.
Residence Life provides visitors housing. Please contact Visitors Housing at Contact here directly for the housing registration form. There is also the Kellogg Conference Hotel on campus. Kellogg Conference Hotel’s reservation number is (202) 651-6000.
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.
Yes, we do have scholarships. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you will need to fill out a scholarship form with a letter explaining why you should receive the scholarship as well as a copy of your recent tax forms. We provide scholarships only to deaf and hard of hearing students. If you want to request a scholarship, please send an e-mail to Contact here for the scholarship request form.
The program fee covers program classes, workshops, activities, housing, three meals a day, transportation, outings, recreation fees and a camp t-shirt. We do not cover airfare or travel costs to and from Washington, D.C.
Preparing to Apply
After submitting an application online, we will need either a copy of your child’s high school transcript or a letter of recommendation from their guidance/school counselor or a science/technology teacher. Those documents can scanned and/or sent via e-mail to the attention of Alison O’Hara at Contact here. We will send a confirmation e-mail upon receipt and in regards to your child’s acceptance into the program.
The deadline is May 1, 2022. However, spots do fill up quickly, so the sooner we receive everything, the better. The Deaf Youth Pride program will accept a limited number of 12 campers.

Contact Us

Deaf Youth Pride

Jesse Saunders

Peet Hall 412

(202) 651-5000

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