Program Description

The California Youth Think Tank (CYTT) college residence program is for high school students in grades 9-12.  Selected applicants will live in a college dorm and attend classes on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles during their training.  Participants will receive daily classroom instruction and participate in a variety of challenging activities, that include team debates, panel discussions, field trips, team academic competition, Open Mic talent search, and collaborate with other youth leaders on special projects.

Selection process

Applicants are selected based on their application material, academic performance, leadership potential, moral character, and the recommendation of teachers, counselors, coach, or other adult mentor.

What's included?

  • college dorm housing

  • bed linen + blanket & pillow

  • daily classroom instruction & training

  • 3 daily buffet-style meals

  • all educational materials & supplies

  • access to college campus facilities

  • field trip transportation

  • trophies & awards

  • t-shirts & tote bags

  • college letters of recommendation


University of Southern California, Los Angeles


June 21-27


Grades 9-12

How to Apply


Complete & submit the following:

  1. Application Form (Available Jan. 1st)

  2. copy of School Transcript (email to:

  3. 2 Recommendations (Click for Forms)

  4. $20 Application Fee (Click to pay online)


Participation fee:

To be announced

Reduced fee:

To be announced


Reduced Fee applies only to students in a Free or Reduced Lunch program or those receiving a 'need-based' scholarship to attend a private school.

Phone: 310-670-8500   


Mailing Address

6709 La Tijera Blvd., Suite 614

Los Angeles, CA 90045

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