Learn U Camp
Partnered with RISE
Learn U Camp is a career exploration summer camp that helps young women learn about themselves, their passions, and professional strengths. Utilizing personality surveys and expert mentoring, Learn U helps campers discover what makes them unique and how their skills can be maximized in the workforce. This camp is a great opportunity for young women to learn about themselves while experiencing the excitement of a college campus!
During Learn U, campers review the following subjects:
- Career skills
- Career exploration
- Emotional intelligence
- Leadership development
- Proper business etiquette
By meeting with our expansive network of industry professionals, campers are invited to explore career paths they might not have considered. Outside of classes and networking opportunities, campers participate in special evening activities including movies, performances, and more!
Campers present how their individuality can be utilized in the professional world at the end of camp. These presentations take place during our startup showcase, which is open to our campers’ family and friends.
Our career exploration camp is tailored with our campers in mind. Campers are asked about what specific industries interest them at registration. Based on these answers, camp activities are structured so that campers receive the specific instruction and resources needed to get them started on their journey.
Join us for overnight camp!
Dates: July 26–31
Ages: Girls entering grades 8–12
Deadline: June 12
Camp Cost: $615*
*Save $50 when you register by April 30!
Meet Our Faculty
Learn U Camp Director
Hello, Learn U Campers! My name is Meghan Barnauskas, and I am thrilled to be returning as the director for camps this year! This is my third summer as the director and ninth working for camp. Having worked as a counselor, the creative writing instructor, the night supervisor, and the director, I can say that Saint Mary's Summer Camps are the best place to spend your summer! I graduated from Saint Mary's College in 2014 with majors in elementary education as well as a minor in Spanish, and I also earned a master's degree in mathematics education from Ball State University in 2019. I currently live in Livonia, Michigan, and I love my job teaching seventh and eighth grade math! I cannot wait for the summer to arrive and to meet you all in July!
Learn U Instructor
Iris Hammel is the founder and Executive Director of Rise. As a creative problem solver and lifelong learner with a passion for helping others to unleash their potential through connecting people, resources and ideas, Iris has spent her career focusing on education, entrepreneurship and community economic development. Iris is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of leaders to make a lasting impact in the South Bend-Elkhart Region and the State of Indiana.
Iris’ entrepreneurship experience includes co-founding Connected Classrooms and TeachMe3d.org in addition to starting the non-profit RISE which runs entrepreneurship and career exploration programs for highschool and colleges. To help drive regional innovation, Iris serves on the Executive Committee for the Regional Entrepreneurship Board for Startup South Bend-Elkhart. Iris is also the Executive Director for Idea Week 2020.
Learn U Instructor
Lara Brian is the Startup Moxie program director at RISE. A jack-of-all-trades, Lara has professional experience in scientific research, communication and outreach, media, change and project management, and analytics. Originally from New Zealand, Lara spent seven years at The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research as a plant molecular biologist and intrapreneur - bringing several in-house innovations to fruition in addition to publishing scientific findings. Lara focused her passion of innovation and bringing ideas to life by pursuing an MBA from Ohio University and gained hands-on experience at the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship. Lara hopes to instill her training of the experimental/ design process (be curious, question everything, assume nothing) to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset so they can better adapt and overcome the challenges of this ever-changing world.