Diversity Works for SynaVoice SOL Pop-up Virtual Camp for High Schoolers

    Looking for a response to the twin crises of the COVID-19 quarantines and the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, SynaVoice SOL, partnering with Productions Plus – The Talent Shop, has established a virtual camp for high school students.

    The camp’s mission, according to SynaVoice SOL founder Julie Rothhouse, is to provide exposure to new ideas, concepts and skills that will inform college, career and life choices for the students.

    The camp, Rothhouse said, aims “to create an environment where campers of all races can meet to engage in interesting and thought-provoking conversation.”

    “Diversity is the cornerstone of SynaVoice SOL and, it has been easy to achieve,” Rothhouse said. “Once we declared our intention, our networks went to work to help us recruit a diverse group of campers and counselors.”

    Through introductions and word-of-mouth, SynaVoice has been able to partner with independent schools to identify scholarship candidates. SynaVoice has also reached into communities and engaged school districts to spread the word about SynaVoice SOL. So far, campers from 11 different states, the Seneca Nation of Indians, Switzerland, and Brazil have enrolled in SynaVoice SOL sessions.

    As with its campers, SynaVoice SOL counselors are an equally diverse group of accomplished college students who serve as role models for the campers. Counselors represent Brown University, New York University, Frostburg State University, Wake Forest University, The College of William and Mary, Johns Hopkins University, and College of the Holy Cross. Counselor recruiting was solely through word-of-mouth and networking.

    “The camps are a unique forum for high school students and counselors to have meaningful conversations about topics of interest,” said Margery Krevsky Dosey, CEO of Productions Plus. “The diversity enriches the conversations and the experience for all involved.”

    Rothhouse said SynaVoice would “not have been able to execute our vision, without the sponsors.

    “In particular, Global Services supported our scholarships with a generous contribution and Cabin 3 Media supported our efforts with introductions to partner schools, scholarship support, and video production support,” she said.

    There is still time to register a high school student for the final two sessions: “True Crime: Introduction to Criminal Law & Criminal Cases,’ with Dr. James Diamond, and “The Influence of Design: History & Design of Logos” with Curt Doty.

    Anyone who would prefer to donate to SynaVoice SOL to support its continued efforts can do so here.

    SynaVoice LLC is a woman-owned consultancy providing strategic communications, training, customer outreach, market research and insights to both federal and corporate clients.  SynaVoice SOL is a pop-up, virtual camp for high school students providing exposure to new ideas, concepts, and skills for high school students that inform their college, career, and life choices.