2021 BranchOut! Summer Youth Community Program Application

Applicant Qualifications

1. Current or rising high school students
2. Possess good communication and interpersonal skills
3. Able to work in a multicultural environment
4. Strong in Math, Science, English, Arts, Language, or Technology
5. Students with tutoring or relevant experience preferred
6. Strong team players who are willing to help disadvantaged students
7. Time commitment: able to volunteer on the weeks they are assigned.

Applicants will submit:

- Application essay (please use a Word processor to edit your essays before submitting onto this application form): Briefly introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in becoming a mentor for Branch Out! (100-200 words)

- A copy of your resume (make sure to include leadership experience, extracurricular activities, and any notable awards or achievements. Refer here for ideas.

- Name and email of a reference (no letter is required). This can be a teacher, coach, mentor, or anyone who has a professional relationship with you (no parents or friends).

- For students who are interested in joining the management team, we need to receive One recommendation from your teacher, coach, mentor, or anyone who has a professional relationship with you (no parents or friends). Please ask your recommender to email their recommendation letter to vel@velbranchout.org.
- Non-refundable application fee (see below for details)

Application Fee

Your application fee will be used to cover your BranchOut! T-Shirt, program materials, and event-related fees. Early bird (before March 28th): $35 Regular (before April 25th): $45 Late (before May 9th): $60 Answer all required questions on the form. All payments should be paid through credit/debit card.
In addition to the application fee, if you get accepted as a mentor, you are required to pay a deposit fee. This fee will be refunded after you complete the program. More information regarding this deposit fee will be sent out if you get accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I still have to apply again if I've participated in BranchOut! in previous years? A: If you applied to our program this school year (Online Tutoring), you do not have to reapply again. However, if you applied for our summer program last year (Innovator, Social Research, Community Role Models, Career Panel), you will have to apply again. Q: Do existing officers still have to apply? A: Yes, all officers must apply to participate in BranchOut! again. In addition, leadership team positions end in June each year, so we will have a new round of people who will be competing for the position each year. For those interested in being in the leadership team again, this means that you must reapply each year both as a mentor and as a leader. Q: When can I expect to hear back? A: Upon submitting the application, students will immediately receive a confirmation email with a link to sign up for an interview slot. If you do not receive this email, it may be in your email's spam folder. If this is not the case and you still have not received the interview sign-up link, please reach out to our leadership team at velbranchout@gmail.com. Q: Does BranchOut! provide transportation? A: No, BranchOut! does not provide transportion—mentors must be able to find their own transportation. However, we will assist students in organizing carpooling. Q: What is the management team selection process like? A: We will review all management team applications, interviews, and recommendation letters and invite qualified candidates to present during our training in June. Following the presentations, we will make final decisions regarding leadership team placements. Q: Can rising freshmen apply? A: Yes! The BranchOut! application is open to rising freshmen through rising seniors. Q: Where are the mentoring sites this year? A: As of now, the exact mentoring sites are unconfirmed, but there will be locations in both Virginia and Montgomery County.

Applications must be submitted before 11:59 pm on May 9th, 2021. Once the application is submitted, students must sign up for an interview slot in the confirmation email. Because of concerns regarding COVID-19, we will be conducting interviews using Zoom. "Like" our FB page for the latest interview updates. 


Reach out to our student ambassadors or email velbranchout@gmail.com (we will respond within 72 hours. If you don't hear from us, please try again).  Please do not call or Wechat us. Thank you!




T-Shirt Size (Adult Size)

What weeks would you be able to participate and volunteer in the program? Please select all that apply.

6/21 - 6/25

7/26 - 7/30

6/28 - 7/2

8/2 - 8/6

7/5 - 7/9

7/12 - 7/16

8/9 - 8/13

8/16 - 8/20

7/19 - 7/23

If you are applying to the management team, you are responsible for submitting a letter of recommendation. Please ask your reference to email the recommendation letter to vel@velbranchout.org within two weeks of the time you submit your application.

Please note that this is NOT the person who referred you to the BranchOut! program. The reference is essentially a recommender who can speak well to your behavior inside or outside the classroom and your skillset. Your reference must be someone you have a professional relationship with, such as a teacher or mentor, and should NOT be a family member or friend.

Please upload a copy of your resume (Word or PDF.) If you want to send an updated version of your resume, email it directly to velbranchout@gmail.com.

Upload Resume

Are you interested in any of the following BranchOut! Student Management teams? (Select up to 2)

Social Media


Curriculum Design

Team Leader




I am not interested

If you are applying to the management team, be sure to ask your reference to email the recommendation letter to vel@velbranchout.org.

Note: Applications are incomplete without an application fee. Please follow the directions at the top of the page under the "Application Fee" tab to submit your payment.

All BranchOut! applicants are required to submit an application fee. Applications are not complete until the application fee has been received. 

Please pay with the checkout button below. Remember to press submit once done with the payment. We will not receive the application if the submit button is not pressed.

* Please give the application a few seconds to process after you press submit. If you still have not received confirmation of the submission, go back to make sure all fields are filled out correctly.

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