Youth Education Outreach

Youth Education OutreachPenn State Behrend recognizes that successful communities and organizations start with young people who are motivated, educated, and excited to learn. Although several programs are coordinated by specific colleges or departments, Behrend has established a Youth Education Outreach Office to coordinate the development, implementation, and assessment of the college's outreach programs for area youth. These programs give area youth the opportunity to use the college's resources to receive unique and exciting learning experiences. 

  • Academic Sports League (ASL) 
  • Chemistry DayGives high school students an opportunity to gain educational enrichment and to showcase their knowledge and abilities in chemistry.
  • College for KidsThis very popular program has been providing summer enrichment opportunities to children in the Erie region for 20 years. A diverse selection of one-week classes ranging from art and music to engineering and science are offered to children and teens ages 6-16.
  • Engineering K-12 Outreach CenterCoordinates the school's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) outreach activities to school-aged youth.
  • First Lego League
  • GE Girls
  • High School Academy
  • Math OptionsThis day-long program, held every May and scheduled for May 10, 2016, provides middle-school girls in grades 7 and 8 with the opportunity to spend the day on the Penn State Behrend campus participating in activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The goal is to motivate them to take advanced math and science courses in high school, so that they can pursue exciting and fulfilling careers in the STEM disciplines.
  • MCE/WISE: Minority College Experience and Women In Science and Engineering are free summer programs designed for academically talented high school students to enroll in a university credit course with regularly enrolled college students the summer before their senior year in high school.
  • Penn State Educational Partnership Program (PEPP): An after-school academic and social enrichment program that supports at-risk students at Wayne Elementary School, Wilson Middle School, and Central Tech High School. PEPP students meet with teachers, community mentors, and tutors in a structured setting, providing them with an opportunity to improve academically, develop leadership skills, and receive college and career guidance.
  • Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS)
  • Physics Day
  • Science Olympiad
  • Scout Events
    • Boy Scouts Go to College
    • Explorers
    • Girl Scout Saturday
  • 21st Century Kids21st Century Kids is designed to bring youth from rural populations to Penn State Behrend and provide exposure to opportunities available through post-secondary education. Students participate in day-long, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math workshops taught by Behrend Faculty, tour campus, and experience a college setting.
  • Women in Business
  • Women in Engineering
  • Yahn Planetarium
  • Young People's Chorus of Erie (YPC Erie)

Featured Video: Watch this video highlighting the Children's Water Festival, held on the Penn State Behrend campus.


Information for Parents


Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Youth Education Outreach Office
Burke Center
5101 Jordan Road
Erie, PA 16563
(814) 898-6871 Phone
(814) 898-6125 Fax