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2023-2024 BranchOut! Main Application (for all non-Boston applications)

Visit the "Our Programs" page to learn about the programs students will be able to choose from once accepted. Please note that the application form is not visible on mobile devices. 

Qualifications:
1. Current or rising high school students (9th grader or older)
2. Possess good communication and interpersonal skills
3. Able and open to working in a multicultural environment
4. With strong Math, Science, English, Arts, Language, or Technology skills
5. Students with tutoring or relevant experience preferred
6. Strong team players who are willing to help others
7. Able to work independently and responsively, without parents' assistance, to check emails, respond to emails, and communicate with adults as needed
8. Able to follow the program rules and instructions
9. Able to meet in person for any of our in-person programs
10. Able to get to our program locations on your own as BranchOut! does not provide transportation
11. Able to commit at least 1 week in the summer (Monday - Friday between 9-12 noon; depending on the program, the participation time may vary). Innovator program requires 2-3 weeks of commitment. 
12. Able to work during the time that the team is operating (Eastern time zone unless otherwise noted)
13. Able to access Google Classroom and adhere to the program time, which is based on Eastern Standard Time

Applicants will submit:
1. Application essay (please use a Word processor to edit your essays before submitting)
2. A copy of your resume (make sure to include leadership experience, extracurricular activities, and any notable awards or achievements)
3. Reference letter if you are interested in becoming a team leader or joining 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. Please note that for students who are interested in the tutoring program, additional reference letters and training may be required. 
4. A non-refundable application fee

Innovator applicants:
To be part of the Innovator this year, you will need to commit at least 2 weeks to the program, 3 weeks are preferred. An interview by the Innovator team will be provided to assess your eligibility.

HoCo applicants:
All HoCo programs are in person except for HCAS.

Application Deadlines and Fees*:

Early Bird 1: $35 if applied by Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Early Bird 2: $45 if applied by Monday, April 22, 2024
Regular: $55* if applied after April 22 and by Monday, May 6, 2024
*Students who wish to apply after May 6, please contact us at velbranchout@gmail.com to check if space is available. The late processing/application fee is $85. Please note that all fees are not refundable.
**Applicants with FRL status, please contact us at velbranchout@gmail.com for a 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 yearly. Once accepted, the student mentor will be able to participate in any of BranchOut!'s spring, summer, or year-round programs until August of 2024 (certain restrictions may 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 capable of being a mentor or leading a team.

Questions? 

Please visit our FAQ page; most of your answers are 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 1 week for a question to be responded to (no phone call or WeChat message please). We thank you for your patience. 

For Howard County Chapter-related questions, please email branchouthoco@gmail.com.

No phone call is accepted.

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2023-2024 Program Application From
When are you available to participate in the program? (Select all that apply)
If you are applying to the summer-only program, what weeks are you available to participate in the program? (Select all that apply; the time is generally from 9 AM - 12 NOON ET; 6/24 and 7/1 weeks are for HoCo students only)
I am interested in the following program (s)
Are you a returning mentor?
What is your participation preference?
Upload Resume File (PDF only)

After you have submitted and paid the not refundable application fee, a confirmation email will be sent to the applicant (student) email address. Please look for it in your inbox/spam folder and wait for our notification for an interview.

Thank you!

BranchOut! is no longer accepting applications for the Main chapter applications. Please email BranchOut! at velbranchout@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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