High-Quality, Interactive Instruction
in a Virtual Environment
UCI is part of both the state and national networks of Writing Projects, which have as their central mission: to improve student writing and learning by improving the teaching of writing. In 1978, UCI established a Writing Project in the then Department of Education and launched its first Summer Institute focusing on professional development for teachers. Then in 1980, UCI became the first California and National Writing Project to expand its outreach directly to students through the creation of a Summer Youth Program (SYP) in which teacher-experts in reading and writing instruction offered a variety of literacy classes to students going into grades 1-12. Over the years, the UCI Writing Project has served over 35,000 students globally.
In 2020, the Summer Youth Program went virtual in order to continue its literacy support to students during the pandemic. Over 600 students participated in this online program, which received outstanding reviews from both students and parents. Based on this feedback and at the request of many parents, the UCI Writing Project is now extending its literacy support to students during the school year through a newly created Virtual Program for Youth (VPY). VPY is now in its fourth year with the 2023-2024 academic year.
The Fall series of VPY courses are listed at the link below. We encourage you to review these courses and, if interested, register your student as early as possible as space is very limited. Enrollment is currently limited to 12 students for each class. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.