ON-Lion Letter
Gifted children are a valuable resource for the nation, but among the approximately three million high-achieving students in the United States, an estimated 75% go without services that could help them achieve their full potential.  To help rectify this situation, the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) offers a week-long, sleep-away camp experience called “Yunasa” (the Lakota Sioux word for balance), which provides gifted children with activities and workshops that encourage them to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. 

Two camps sessions are held throughout the Summer.  The first takes place in June and is located near the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.  The second is held in late July through early August and is located in Michigan near Lake Copneconic.  Both camps are led by experts in the field of gifted education, along with former campers who have chosen to return to Yunasa to provide peer leadership for younger children. Together, these groups of mentors provide a supporting but challenging environment where campers can build friendships, develop confidence, learn to manage emotions, and find balance in their lives so that they can become healthy, engaged, and productive citizens capable of contributing in meaningful ways to their communities.

IEA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the intellectual, creative, and personal growth of the nation’s gifted and high-potential youth through an array of opportunities, including the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Program, the IEA AcademyEXPLORE, the IEA Alumni Program, and Yunasa.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee significantly supports IEA.

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