The mission of Youth Development is to inspire, educate, and empower youth through developmental programs. Services assist students to meet challenges in specific academic course work areas, as well as provide opportunities for skill development.

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Fall Youth 5K

Get your gobble on with our virtual fall 5K run/walk. Youth ages 5-18 can run or walk at a location of their choice, whether that’s your home, neighborhood, or favorite route. 

5K Race must be completed and recorded on or before November 20, 2021.

Cost is $15 and proceeds support our youth programming.

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Virtual Programming

School can be stressful! Through our partnership with Black Rocket Productions, we’re offering onling and interactive courses that are fun AND educational. (But don’t tell your kids!)

These interactive and engaging courses build critical thinking skills and provide experience in an array of tech areas, suited to your child’s interest – including Coding, Minecraft, and Roblox.

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ACT & SAT Test Prep

Are you ready for the ACT & SAT? This 4 hour class will equip you with the skills and strategies to improve your score!

You’ll have an understanding of the exam structure, general and section-specific test-taking strategies, and tips for handling the most difficulty or tricky questions.

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Babysitter Training Course

Ready to start babysitting? This training course for ages 11-17 is certified by the American Red Cross to prepare you to begin babysitting by teaching you skills in leadership, building your business, helping children behave, keeping yourself and other safe, and basic child care.

The course also include First Aid and Pediatric CPR certificate from the American Red Cross.


Kids’ College Experiences

Kids’ College at Lake-Sumter State College has a rich history of over 30 years providing an exciting, interactive, and academic program to children in Lake and Sumter Counties.

Over the years, Kids’ College has expanded from a program exclusively for young children to a series of experiences beginning at the 1st grade and continuing through high school graduation.

Kids’ College (1st through 6th Grades)

Kids’ College is an enriching academic summer experience for children entering 1st – 6th grades to expand their knowledge, learn new skills and have an opportunity for exploration and discovery. Programs are offered in Leesburg and Clermont in June and July.

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Xploration (6th through 9th Grades)

This program is designed specifically for students entering 6th – 9th grades and offered during the summer months. Students will experience hands-on, interactive and challenging tracks that will put their skills to the test and provide them with a more advanced summer learning experience.

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Aides-in-Training (10th through 12th Grades)

Aides-in-Training (AIT) is designed for high school students entering 10th – 12th grades to earn public service hours while also receiving leadership training and experiences during the summer months. No prior experience is necessary, however an appropriate attitude is required.

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Program Aide (Recent High School Grads)

We are looking for enthusiastic, attentive Program Aides to lead, support, and motivate students as they enjoy all that camp has to offer in the summer months. This program is intended for recent high school graduates that have previously attended one of the Youth Development programs. Applicants should be cheerful, responsible and possess strong leadership skills.


Contact Information

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DeAnna Diggs, Director of Youth Development

Thank you for putting your trust in Lake-Sumter State College and Youth Development to support the enrichment and development of your child. My team and I are dedicated to inspiring, empowering, and educating youth in the communities that we serve.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. I would love to have a conversation about additional programming options that you think would benefit your child or youth in our community.

On CampusHours of Operation
Monday – Friday8:00am – 4:30pm