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Youth Education at the U Named Best Day Camp in SLC by Nickelodeon

August 19, 2009 – Youth Education at The University of Utah was recently awarded Best Day Camp in Salt Lake City in Nickelodeon’s second annual Parents’ Picks Awards – beating out six other nominees in a nationwide online poll.

“We’re so grateful for the support we’ve received this year from our parents,” said Nate Friedman, Administrative Program Coordinator for Youth Education at the U of U. “It is good to know that campers and their parents love our program and it means a lot to be recognized by them in this way.”

The Parents’ Picks Awards recognized winners in 30 different categories from 52 major U.S. cities. Winners were determined by an open poll at that ran throughout the summer. The 2009 winners will be featured on ParentsConnect throughout the year.

“This is an amazing award because it means we are meeting parents’ high expectations,” added Claire Turner, Director of Youth Education at the U. “This award really belongs to our exceptional staff. They work very hard at creating electives and activities that are fun, educational and help the students take advantage of learning in the University environment.”

Youth Education at The University of Utah develops interests and passions through experiential education and extends the resources of the University of Utah to students eighteen and under.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the parents of our students as the best day camp in Salt Lake City,” said Sandi Parkes, Assistant Vice President for Continuing Education at The University of Utah. “We love to invite others to come and see first-hand what the program can do for their kids.”

Youth Education, part of the division of Continuing Education at the U, offers hundreds of classes and camps in art, science, languages, music, technology and recreation for kids age 2 – 18. Classes are held across the Wasatch Front, and include summer and school break camps as well as preschool, elementary and high school classes throughout the year. For a complete list of classes, visit or call (801) 581-6984.

Continuing Education at the U enriches the lives of people of all ages in the greater community and beyond by providing extraordinary learning opportunities from the university. The division encompasses nine programs: Academic Non-Credit, Lifelong Learning, Exam/Test Preparation, Professional Education, Technology Education, Youth Education, Distance Education, the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning and the English Language Institute. Founded in 1911, Continuing Education offers credit and non-credit courses that serve over 30,000 students annually from around the world. Information about each of Continuing Ed’s programs can be found at