Youth Programs

Girls Talk Back!

July 26 - 31, 2015



Student Handbook


Girls Talk Back, an exciting one-week summer camp for outstanding young women entering the 11th grade, is a partnership between SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and the Foundation for the Education of Young Women.


Course Work

Students participate in three classes, one course in the morning and two in the afternoon. Every young woman selected attends a writing seminar each morning. Designed to polish skills in written “talk back,” each participant works to improve expertise in communication. In the afternoon students rotate to public speaking and professional etiquette classes. The faculty is comprised of SMU instructors, as well as teachers from public and private schools and recognized community leaders.


Residence Life

The Girls Talk Back program offers participants the chance to live in a centrally located, supervised SMU residence hall for one week. The specially trained staff oversees a wide variety of evening activities. These experiences enable participants to interact, create friendships, and enjoy a preview of college life—all in a safe, controlled environment.

All students live in an air-conditioned residence hall. Students are housed two to a room with adjoining or hall bathrooms. Rooms are furnished with two single beds, chests of drawers, desks, chairs, and window blinds. Linens are provided. Students must furnish reading lamps, alarm clocks, blankets, pillows and personal belongings. Carefully selected residential counselors (RCs) live in the residence hall to provide guidance and supervision. All students dine in the SMU cafeteria.



Application requirements include recommendations, transcripts/grades, PSAT scores, and student essays. Complete application packets must be received by May 1, 2015. The Application Form is available for download in PDF format. Download PDF Application Form. Once a student has been accepted to the program, there are additional forms to be completed.



Tuition and fees for the program total $750, which includes room, board, books, and most supplies. An application fee of $25 must accompany all applications. Fees are non-refundable after June 1. For students accepted after the payment due dates, fees are due upon acceptance. All GTB students live on campus for the entirety of the program. Applications received after May 1 will be assessed an additional $50 late registration fee.


Important Dates and Deadlines

First half of GTB fee ($375) due**
(If accepted after this date, first half is due upon acceptance.)
April 9
Balance of GTB fee ($375) due**
Program fees are not refundable after this date except for documented medical/family emergencies.
June 1
Late registration fee applied May 1
GTB Dates July 26- 31
Move-in to dorm 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.,
July 26
Closing Dinner for GTB students and their parents only 6:00 PM, July 31


Pre-college Programs
Girls Talk Back
Southern Methodist UniversityPO Box 750383
Dallas TX 75275-0383

Phone: 214-768-4383
Fax: 214-768-3147



Girls Talk Back is made possible through the support of the Young Women's Preparatory Network.