2022 BranchOut! Main Application 


Here are the programs that students will be able to choose from once accepted.


  • Current high school students (9th grader or older)

  • Possess good communication and interpersonal skills

  • Able and open to work in a multicultural environment

  • With strong Math, Science, English, Arts, Language, or Technology skills

  • Students with tutoring or relevant experience preferred

  • Strong team players who are willing to help others

  • Able to work independently and responsively, without parents' assistance, to check emails, respond to emails, and communicate with adults as needed

  • Able to follow the program rules and instructions

  • Able to meet in person for any of our in-person programs this summer

  • Able to get to our program locations on your own as BranchOut! does not provide transportation

  • Able to commit at least 1 week (Monday - Friday) to the program

  • Able to access Google Classroom and adhere to the program time, which is based on Eastern Standard Time

  • Able to follow the COVID safety procedures by wearing a mask during the program and showing proof of vaccination

Applicants will submit:

  • Application essay (please use a Word processor to edit your essays before submitting)

  • A copy of your resume (make sure to include leadership experience, extracurricular activities, and any notable awards or achievements)

  • Reference letter if you are interested in becoming a team leader or join the management team. The letter can come from a school teacher, coach, or anyone who has a professional relationship with you (no parents, tutors, or friends). Please ask your recommender to email the recommendation letter to vel@velbranchout.org detailing your strengths, known weaknesses, and why you would be a positive contributor to our program and student leadership team.

  • Non-refundable application fee


Application Deadlines and Fees*:

  • Early bird: $35 if applied by Monday, March 14, 2022

  • Regular: $45 if applied by Monday, April 25, 2022

  • Late deadline: $65 if applied by Wednesday, June 1, 2022

*Applicants with FRL status, please contact us at velbranchout@gmail.com for fee waiver 

Please read the following information carefully:

  • We will only invite qualified students for an in-person or virtual interview. Admissions results are on a rolling basis. Therefore, we encourage you to apply early and take advantage of our early bird application.

  • All applications to the BranchOut! program must be completed through this form.

  • All new and returning student mentors are required to apply. Once accepted, the student mentor will be able to participate in any of BranchOut!'s spring, summer, or year-round program until May of 2023 (certain restrictions apply).

  • All decisions and communication will be done via the student email address provided to us in this application form, so please provide a valid email address (not a school email address) that you check frequently so that you don't miss important emails from us.

  • We expect students to respond to our emails rather than parents. This is an effective way to show that you are a mature young adult who is capable of being a mentor or lead a team.

  • If you have already submitted an application during the past few months, then you will NOT need to submit another application fee, but will need to submit another form to secure your participation and claim your service hours. Failure to follow this will result in no service hours being verified. Please email us at velbranchout@gmail.com for questions. 

  • Once accepted, a $150 earnest deposit will be required to secure your participation in the program. The fee will be refunded at the end of the program. See our FAQ page for more information. 



Please visit our FAQ page as most of your answers can be found there. If you have other questions that are not listed, please contact the headquarters at velbranchout@gmail.com. Please note that it can take up to 2 weeks for a question to be responded (no phone call or Wechat message please). We thank you for your patience. 

For Howard County Chapter related questions, please email branchouthoco@gmail.com or contact Dr. Meina Liu or Ms. Cuiwei Zhao at the Howard County Chinese School.

No phone call is accepted.

2022 Program Application From 
What subject (s) are you able to tutor?
What week(s) are you available for the program?
In addition to mentoring, I am also interested in participating in:
Are you a returning mentor?
What is your participation preference?
Upload Resume File (PDF only)

After you have submitted and paid the application fee, confirmation emails will be sent to the applicant (student) email address. Please look for them in your inbox/spam folder and wait for our notification for an interview.

Thanks for applying to BranchOut!