Summer 2021

Summer 2021 In-Person & Hybrid Sites

Blue Sites: In-Person Programs

Green Sites: Hybrid (In-Person and Remote Learning) Programs

Welcome to Boston After School & Beyond’s Summer 2021 page, where you can find high-quality summer learning programs. This list is organized from lowest to highest grade level, with the full grade range served noted in the title and description. Click on a program to see details, the program structure (remote, in-person, or hybrid), and how to enroll.

Boston Public Schools, Summer Early Focus will take place at the following locations:

  • Orchard Gardens (K2 – 3): 906 Albany Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
  • West Zone Early Learning Center (K2 – 3): 200 Heath Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
  • East Boston EEC (K2 – 3): 135 Grove Street, Boston, MA 02128
  • Ellison/Parks EEC (K1 – 2): 108 Babson Street, Boston, MA 02126

Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Contact: TBD

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Students will interact with others in a setting of 2/20 teacher student ration. In addition, there will be a high school student in each class to support learning and allow for one-on-one and small group intervention. This program will make use of an interactive high quality research based curriculum with a project based, child-centered approach.

Boston’s Higher Ground – Surround Care Coalition Summer Learning Academy

Grades Served: K1 – 8; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Higginson School, 160 Harrishof Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

Contact: Parents/guardians may contact Tiana Bonner, Hub School Coordinator, at tiana@higherground-boston.org, or by checking our website

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At the Surround Care Coalition Summer Learning Academy, we will prioritize enrollment to currently and formerly homeless students in our partner schools. Our teaching staff will be sensitive to this vulnerable population of students and will work to identify and fill learning gaps caused by housing instability. The overarching theme for our Summer Learning Academy will be to teach students about environmental responsibility, both locally, and abroad. The local environment will be explored through our partnership with Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC), and our partnership with O2 for Life in Costa Rica will teach students about caring for the environment of a rain forest. The program will consist of 50% guided ELA/Math education and 50% strategic activities aimed at overall physical and mental health and wellbeing that compliments the expeditionary learning curriculum. One day each week will be devoted to a full-day excursion to TIOBEC’s Discover Program. VLIVE virtual sessions from O2 for Life in Costa Rica will enhance the program during each week. On select days, day trips will be planned to local points of interest that are fun, stimulating, and educational in nature including the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, Franklin Park Zoo, and the Children’s Museum.

Horizons – Horizons at DCD

Grades Served: K1 – 8; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Dedham Country Day School, 90 Sandy Valley Road, Dedham, MA 02026

Contact: Visit their website, or email Liam Mccarthy at lmccarthy@dcds.net

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

The Project Based Learning Curriculum designed at Horizons has been developed with the expertise of highly-skilled licensed teachers and administrators. Teachers tailor their instruction to align with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and BPS academic standards. Reading for purpose, picking up context clues, reading words for meaning, reading for fluency, are all examples of power standards that teachers focus on during the course of the summer. In practice, teachers set up classroom spaces that promote SEL, collaboration, and support. Designing instruction using small groups or partners, for students to process their learning is daily part of a Horizons classroom. Horizons teachers focus on [Stepping] in (and out) of discussions to keep students focused and encourage them to construct longer and deeper responses. Our middle school ELA classes promote independent reading by providing a library of books to choose from or supporting students in completing their summer reading assignments. Similarly within the math curriculum, the priority within classrooms will be to create spaces for students to continue building community and comfortability while addressing math routines. Horizons believes the main factors in the success of their programs are: 1. Long term commitment to students. Making a multi-year commitment to our students from Pre-K through Grade 8 that allows the staff to build lasting relationships and provides students with a sense of belonging in a group of students who want to achieve. 2. Small class sizes. 16 students per classroom. 3. Low student to teacher ratios. 7:1 with two teachers per classroom, supplemented with specialists. 4. Learning to swim. All our students learn to swim, an important life skill that also builds confidence. 5. Exposure to enrichment activities including field trips helps them discover new interests and passions. 6. Project based learning. Teaches 21st century learning skills and makes learning fun.

Horizons – Horizons Greater Boston – Mattahunt

Grades Served: K1 – 4

Address: Haley K-8 School, 570 American Legion Hwy, Roslindale, MA 02131

Contact: Visit their website, or email Meredith Laban at mlaban@horizonsgreaterboston.org

Skill Development: Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Self-Regulation

This program offers a combination of academics and enrichment learning. Students receive over 3.5 hours of academic programming daily, divided evenly between math and literacy. Afternoons are devoted to special STEM and enrichment activities until 2pm dismissal. The Horizons program is holistic, in that students are exposed to eye-opening cultural enrichment activities on a weekly basis via field trips to businesses, farms, museums, and the Boston Nature Center. Yoga, music, and art are offered as additional enrichment workshops for students in all grades. Horizons believes the main factors in the success of their programs are: 1. Long term commitment to students. Making a multi-year commitment to our students from 2. Pre-K through Grade 8 that allows the staff to build lasting relationships and provides students with a sense of belonging in a group of students who want to achieve. 3. Small class sizes. 16 students per classroom. 4. Low student to teacher ratios. 7:1 with two teachers per classroom, supplemented with specialists. 5. Learning to swim. All students learn to swim, an important life skill that also builds confidence. 6. Exposure to enrichment activities including field trips helps them discover new interests and passions. 7. Project based learning. Teaches 21st century learning skills and makes learning fun.

Shaw Elementary School 

Grades Served: K1 – 3; Program Structure: Remote Learning

Contact: Visit their website for contact information.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Growth Mindset; Self-Regulation

The Shaw Elementary school is providing a summer school opportunity which consists of weekly live zooms and online activities. In an effort to combat learning loss caused by remote learning, students can expect a consistent connection with their teachers as well as teachers to revisit content that students struggled with throughout the year. Additionally, they are hoping to implement a block time solely focused on enrichment for second and third graders. Ultimately the goal is for both teachers and students to be set up for success by the time return to full time learning in the fall.

YMCA of Greater Boston – Gardner Summer Learning Academy 

Grades Served: K1-8; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Date: 7/6/21-8/6/21

Address: Gardner Pilot Academy , 30 Athol Street, Allston, MA 02134

Contact: If interested, families should contact Program Director Mariela DeLeon at mdeleon@ymcaboston.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At the Gardner Summer Learning Academy, students will get the opportunity strengthen their math/ELA skills while also participating in enrichment activities that support their cognitive, social emotional and physical development. Students will also get the chance to acquire new skills as they build new friendships and relationships with staff.

YMCA of Greater Boston – Oak Square YMCA Camp Walsh

Grades Served: K1-7; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Date: 7/6/21-8/6/21

Address: Oak Square YMCA, 615 Washington Street, Brighton, MA 02135

Contact: If Interested please contact the Director, Devin Collins-Ives at Dcollins-ives@ymcaboston.org.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Self-Regulation

At the Oak Square YMCA, students will get the opportunity strengthen their math/ELA skills while also participating in enrichment activities that support their cognitive, social emotional and physical development. Students will also get the chance to acquire new skills as they build new friendships and relationships with staff.

YMCA of Greater Boston – Umana Summer Learning Academy

Grades Served: K1-4; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Date: 7/6/21-8/6/21

Address: Umana YMCA, 312 Border Street, Boston, MA 02128

Contact: Interested families should contact Kelly MacLean at KMaclean@ymcaboston.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy

At the Umana Summer Learning Academy, students will get the opportunity strengthen their math/ELA skills while also participating in enrichment activities that support their cognitive, social emotional and physical development. Students will also get the chance to acquire new skills as they build new friendships and relationships with staff. The program also features a fully inclusive bi-lingual model in which students will have the opportunity to strengthen their skills in both English and Spanish.

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center – Red Oak Afterschool and Summer Program

Grades Served: K2 – 7; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, 38 Ash Street, Boston, MA 02111

Contact: They can call Kathy Choi at 617-635-5129 extension 1013 or call Kellyann Leong Curriculum Coordinator. They can go to the website and register interest online

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

We are a program that greatly values diversity and since a large percent of our students are Chinese and English language learners we provide a great deal of opportunities to dialogue and maintain English. We also plan activities to celebrate community. In this program, student will build social skills relating to other children and group leaders. They will learn how to express themselves orally and in writing, appreciate literature, express themselves through music and art ( theatre, crafts), and how to play games indoors and outside. They will also learn about exercise and nutritious meals.

Boston Explorers – Summer Camp

Grades Served: K2 – 12; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Contact: Email Sakura Tomizawa at sakura@bostonexplorers.org, or visit their website

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At Boston Explorers, campers make strides in the development of critical life skills in tangible ways. Campers ages 6-15 will learn to direct their own actions, make healthy choices, try new things, take healthy risks, recover from setbacks, and develop emotional intelligence, especially in the areas of self-regulation and delayed gratification. They learn to support others, all the while developing self-confidence. Campers socialize and collaborate, participate in meaningful conversations and mentoring relationships. They learn to understand and manage their own feelings and behavior, develop empathy, and a sense of accomplishment. Campers use the city as their campground: Children engage in and explore areas of the city generally inaccessible to them. They gain an understanding and appreciation of the city as a whole and see it as their own. Campers come to respect differences. By readily identifying stereotypes, they learn how to resist prejudice and combat racism. Ultimately, we endeavor to inspire civic engagement and instill a sense of belonging, ownership and curiosity that will last a lifetime. Our 16-18 year old LITs (Leaders-in-Training) acquire the basic knowledge and training they need to take their first steps toward personal and vocational success following high school graduation by participating in a rigorous qualifying interview, developing job preparedness and personal responsibility, skills training, working with others, self-advocacy and service to others. They gaining an understanding of their college and career opportunities, setting goals and building personal and professional networks. Campers participate in community service opportunities with local organizations. Since its founding, Boston Explorers has been committed to hiring staff that mirror the racial, ethnic, linguistic and socioeconomic demographics of the campers they serve and who have also lived in the neighborhoods where children reside. On average, 75% of its staff meet the above criteria.

Boston’s Bridge to Excellence

Grades Served: K2 – 6; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Tobin K-8, 40 Smith Street, Roxbury, MA 02120

Contact: Interested families should fill out our online application, or email enrollment@bostonsbridgetoexcellence.com

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At the Boston’s Bridge summer learning academy students will be engaged in morning academic programming to allow for the recovery of learning loss due to the recent pandemic. In the afternoon students will learn about entrepreneurship and use their talents and gifts to explore several businesses. Our program uses the lens of entrepreneurship and business-ownership to engage youth to think deeply about their futures and what skills will be needed to own a business. Students create their own businesses and advertise their business to the community. They will also have the opportunity to gain experience in acting/performance and what really happens behind the scenes.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester – Summer Program

Grades Served: K2 – 12; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, 1135 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02125

Contact: Visit their website

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Teamwork; Growth Mindset

This program will focus on children gaining knowledge in the essential areas of math, literacy and STEM alongside friends through art, games and experiments. Summer will offer a well balanced blend of activities throughout the full day program. There will be exciting opportunities to explore the beach, conquer a ropes course and take hikes which will give each child a sense of adventure, while building problem solving, gross motor, self- confidence, and social emotional skills. The “Fireflies” program will be dedicated to ensuring children are engaged in joyful experiences; nurturing that sense of wonder they encounter while learning.

East Boston Social Centers Summer Program

Grades Served: K2 – 12; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: East Boston Social Centers, 68 Central Square, East Boston, MA 02128

Contact: Kelly Silfies at saccenrollment@ebsoc.org and (617) 569-3221 ext. 109

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At this program, students will have the chance to experience: A multicultural curriculum, environmental awareness, wellness and social-emotional programming, access to computers, field trips, organized sports, performing arts, special projects, arts and crafts, storytelling, and much more! We not only address and support what students have learned during the school year to mitigate any potential learning loss, especially during the pandemic–but we also focus on their social/emotional well-being. The pandemic has interrupted normal in-person social/emotional interaction many youth rely on during a traditional school year. By providing this program, participants will be able to both learn and interact with their peers and instructors as they would pre-COVID while safely social distancing, thereby eliminating isolation and furthering social, emotional/mental well-being. For the teens between 14-17, weekly activities include, arts and crafts, dance & performance, cooking, gym, computer time, yearbook production, as well as prevention workshops involving topics such as teen pregnancy, gang violence, domestic violence, etc. Teen program members also enjoy outdoor games, movies and field trips. Additionally, as part of our teen program, in the summer of 2019 and 2020, we developed the Joyful Eastie Youth Council: a program through which youth are paid to learn about key factors for living a joyful life and then develop and implement approaches to increase both personal and community joy. The Joyful Eastie Youth Council work draws on evidence of what matters most for joy, with a focus on four main pillars: Relationships, Purpose, Mindfulness, and Fitness. This program provides youth with the opportunity to reduce stress, increase positive coping skills, reduce social isolation, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, increase leadership skills, provide direct mental health support, and increase positive youth engagement with adults, organizations, and peers.

Harvard-Kent Elementary School – Summer Learning Program

Grades Served: K2, 1 – 3; Program Structure: TBD

Address: Harvard-Kent Elementary School, 50 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown, MA 02129

Contact: TBD

Skill Development: Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Self-Regulation

The curriculum in the Harvard-Kent Summer Learning Program is centered around strengthening the reading and phonemic skills in students K-3. The program aims to build these skills by putting students in a variety of learning environments while also giving students an opportunity to partake in games & activities.

HERO Kids Sports LLC – HERO Fantastic 11 Sports

Grades Served: K2 – 3; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Harvard-Kent Elementary School, 50 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown, MA 02129

Contact: Families and schools can reach out coachreid@herokidsports.com or 617-520-4882. We also have lots of information on our website and social media (Facebook and Instagram).

Skill Development: Creativity; Communication; Teamwork

We focus on supporting the development of gross motor skills through learning the fundamentals of each sport and full HERO teamwork games to help build students self-confidence & gain a love for the sport, and a variety sports obstacle courses! A central focus in our teaching technique is to encourage listening skills throughout our classes as well as how to work & play as a TEAM including values such as sharing, supporting, creative thinking, perseverance, communication and encouraging one another.

IFSI Summer Enrichment and Leadership Academy

Grades Served: K2 – 8; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning); Start/End Dates: 7/5/21 – 8/20/21

Address: TBD

Contact: Parents/guardians that are interested in the IFSI AfterSchool and Summer program should register using this link. For more information on our hybrid programs, please visit our website or our Zoom Platform. Details are listed below. Meeting ID: 94064595755 Password: ifsi

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Creativity; Teamwork

IFSI’s goal is to help children and youth in grades K-8, meet and exceed grade level aptitude. In this program, students will learn new techniques and approaches to problem-solving, and strategies to enhance reading, writing and mathematical levels. IFSI strives for each student to build both academic and socio-emotional skills by providing targeted academic tutoring, opportunities for mentorship and a variety of enrichment activities designed to increase students abilities and stimulate intellectual curiosity. IFSI offers a variety of extra-curricular activities including music lessons in the instrument of the students choosing, art classes, dance and physical education courses, a weekly book club, chess lessons and a coding club. Through these activities students have the ability to explore their interests and understand the different ways in which we learn.

Piers Park Sailing Center – Harbor Explorers 

Grades Served: K2, 1 – 3; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Piers Park Sailing Center, 95 Marginal Street, East Boston, MA 02128

Contact: Visit their website

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Harbor Explorers is PPSC’s marine ecology program provided in collaboration with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. Kids learn about marine life through a hands on experience. Trapping lobsters and crabs, observing jellyfish, taking pictures with underwater cameras, and fishing off the dock are just a few of the activities they will enjoy. Explorers rotate through a fun filled day of on-the-water and land-based activities including sailing, kayaking, yoga, marine science exploration, local history lessons and nautical crafts.

Sumner Elementary – The Sumner Soars!

Grades Served: K2, 1, 3 – 5; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/6/21

Address: TBD

Contact: Parents should contact by email: tbrinson@bostonpublicschools.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork

The Sumner Elementary School provides an academic focused program that looks to address the learning deficit amongst the COVID 19 pandemic. The program aims to advance students who are ready for more, minimize known achievement gaps, and reduce summer learning loss by continually applying their school year curriculum. In addition to academics, students get access to weekly enrichment. They will get to participate in art, music, STEM and movement to give students an opportunity to learn about themselves and discover hidden talents or gifts. The relatively small program size allows specialists to work alongside each student in the uncovering of abilities.

YMCA of Greater Boston – Dorchester Summer Explorers

Grades Served: K2-8; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Date: 7/6/21-8/6/21

Address: Dorchester YMCA , 776 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124

Contact: Families interested in this program should contact David Shaw at DShaw@ymcaboston.org. Learn more here.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At the Dorchester Summer Explorers, students will get the opportunity strengthen their math/ELA skills while also participating in enrichment activities that support their cognitive, social emotional and physical development. Students will also get the chance to acquire new skills as they build new friendships and relationships with staff.

YMCA of Greater Boston – East Boston Summer Learning Academy

Grades Served: K2 – 7; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/6/21

Address: Ashley Street YMCA, 54 Ashley Street, East Boston, MA 02128

Contact: If interested, parents should contact Brittany Ortiz at BOrtiz@ymcaboston.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Self-Regulation

At the East Boston Summer Learning Academy, students will get the opportiunity strengthen their math/ela skills while also participating in enrichment activities that supprt their cognitive, social emotional and physical development. Students will also get the chance to acquire new skills as they build new friendships and relationships with staff.

YMCA of Greater Boston – Huntington YMCA 

Grades Served: K2-7; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Date: 7/6/21-8/6/21

Address: Huntington Avenue YMCA, 316 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Contact: Families should contact Rachel Cavella at rcavella@ymcaboston.org to learn more and apply.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At the Huntington Ave YMCA, students will get the opportunity strengthen their math/ELA skills while also participating in enrichment activities that support their cognitive, social emotional and physical development. Students will also get the chance to acquire new skills as they build new friendships and relationships with staff.

YMCA of Greater Boston – Mendell Summer Learning Academy

Grades Served: K2-3; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Date: 7/6/21-8/6/21

Address: Mendell Elementary School, 164 School Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

Contact: Please contact Sharnice Morning at Smorning@ymcaboston.org if interested

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At the Mendell Summer Learning Academy, students will get the opportunity strengthen their math/ELA skills while also participating in enrichment activities that support their cognitive, social emotional and physical development. Students will also get the chance to acquire new skills as they build new friendships and relationships with staff.

YMCA of Greater Boston – Menino YMCA Summer Learning Academy

Grades Served: K2 – 6; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/6/21

Address: Thomas M. Menino YMCA Scamper Camp, 1137 River St, Hyde Park, MA 02136

Contact: Please contact Taina Acevedo at Tacevedo@ymcaboston.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Students will have the opportunity to strengthen their math/ela skills while also participating in enrichment activities that support their cognitive, social emotional and physical development. Students will also get the chance to acquire new skills as they build new friendships and relationships with staff.

YMCA of Greater Boston – Parkway Bear Camps

Grades Served: K2 – 7; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/6/21

Address: Parkway YMCA Bear Camps, 1972 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132

Contact: Please contact Program Administrator Rachel Cavella at rcavella@ymcaboston.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Students will get the opportunity strengthen their math/ELA skills while also participating in enrichment activities that support their cognitive, social emotional and physical development. Students will also get the chance to acquire new skills as they build new friendships and relationships with staff.

YMCA of Greater Boston – Roxbury Summer Learning Academy

Grades Served: K2 – 7; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/6/21

Address: Roxbury YMCA, 285 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Roxbury, MA 02119

Contact: Please contact Giselle Johnson with questions and inquires to enroll at GJohnson@ymcaboston.org.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Students will get the opportunity strengthen their math/ELA skills while also participating in enrichment activities that support their cognitive, social emotional and physical development. Students will also get the chance to acquire new skills as they build new friendships and relationships with staff.

YMCA of Greater Boston – Wang Summer Learning Academy

Grades Served: K2 – 7; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/6/21

Address: Wang YMCA, 8 Oak Street W, Boston, MA 02116

Contact: Please contact Jen Kelly for questions and inquires to register at JKelly@ymcaboston.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Students will get the opportunity strengthen their math/ELA skills while also participating in enrichment activities that support their cognitive, social emotional and physical development. Students will also get the chance to acquire new skills as they build new friendships and relationships with staff.

ACEDONE – Hennigan 

Grades Served: 1 – 8; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Hennigan K-8 School, 200 Heath Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Contact: If interested in the program, please visit their website for the online application or email Hawa Yusuf (Hawa.yusuf@acedone.org) for the link.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication

ACEDONE was established to help East African refugee and immigrant families establish independence and opportunity in a radically different culture. ACEDONE’S mission is to help East African refugee and immigrant families in Boston develop into a self-sufficient and vital community by providing our East African youth (ages 6-21) with quality education and life experiences needed to reach their full potential as adults American citizens. We achieve this by providing academic and enrichment support.

Boston Lions Track Club and Mentoring (BLTC)

Grades Served: 1 – 12; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Madison Park High School, 75 Malcolm X Blvd., Dorchester, MA 02121

Contact: Tomorrow Peeples, bostonlionstrackclub@gmail.com, 617-922-5910

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At BLTC, students and athletes will learn running techniques, strength and conditioning, core values, life skills, college readiness, team work, learning conflict resolutions, leadership skills, critical thinking, communication skills and what it means to be a LIONS, at but not least they will learn what it means to give back by volunteering in our community; at BLTC, Student/ athletes will have a chance to compete on a national level this summer where they will encounter first hand national competition in Atlanta, ga where there will be tremendous media spot light, they will have a chance to meet many other student/ athletes with like minds where it gives them a chance to build long term relationships,

Boys & Girls Club of South Boston – Edgerley Family South Boston

Grades Served: 1 – 12; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/20/21

Address: Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club, 230 W Sixth Street, Boston, MA 02127

Contact: Contact Membership Director, Caroline Moreno at cmoreno@bgcb.org or 617-268-4301

Skill Development: Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Teamwork; Self-Regulation

This program builds social-emotional learning skills through a safe cohort model as well as programming in athletics, technology, art, music and aquatics. With the cohort model students benefit as they’re able to receive individualized attention from staff while also forming strong lasting relationships with a consistent group of peers.

Bradley Summer Learning 2021

Grades Served: 1 – 6; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person)

Address: Bradley Elementary, 110 Beachview Road, East Boston, MA 02128

Contact: Please reach out to us at 617.635.8422 and ask for Mr. Ben to talk about our summer programming.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Through Bradley Summer Learning, teachers will provide accelerated support to help strengthen students’ foundational math skills to get them ready for the following years content. Teachers will also provide literacy instruction by using high-interest texts that foster thoughtful conversations and develop strong critical thinking skills. Students will also have the opportunity to go on in-person/virtual field trips that reflect the content they’re learning about. These activities will provide students with the opportunity to build community with one another fosters supportive relationships and explore new learning experiences.

Josiah Quincy Elementary School – Elementary Summer Learning Academy

Grades Served: 1 – 6; Program Structure: Remote Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/6/21

Contact: Parents/Guardians may contact wng@bostonpublicschools.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Growth Mindset

Josiah Quincy Elementary Summer Learning Academy will focus on providing both academic and enrichment activities to students who need help in achieving grade level competency. The curriculum will consist of a balanced approach that supports various student needs through a quality program.

Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts – Athletic Program

Grades Served: 1 – 12, Alternative Education; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning); Start/End Dates: 6/1/21 – 8/31/21

Address: Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts, 527 Columbia Road, Boston, MA 02125

Contact: Registration available on their website. Can reach out to Jacobo Apito, Manager for Student Engagement & Athletic Programs: jacobo@levelgroundmma.org

Skill Development: Perseverance; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

This summer, Level Ground will offer 16 athletic classes Monday – Friday at our Dorchester-based Training Center. Classes include Boxing, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Yoga. Additionally we will relaunch our girls-only program, Fierce Females, which averaged 20 girls and young women per class before we were forced to close due to the pandemic. Finally, we will scale our children’s program from one to three sessions per week. Athletics takes place from 5 – 9 pm, thereby providing youth with fun, structured, healthy, and productive activities during peak hours of violence in the city. In addition to our on-site athletic program, we will host an outdoor athletic class series on Saturdays at Franklin Park that will be free to youth and adults in the community.

Warren Prescott K-8 School – Summer Bridging Academics and Science

Grades Served: 1 – 7; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning)

Address: Warren Prescott K-8 School, 50 School Street, Charlestown, MA 02129

Contact: Students can get a registration form at school or call the Warren Prescott School at 617-635-8346.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At the Summer Bridging Academics and Science program, students will participate in interactive science activities to boost critical thinking skills and complete cognitively demanding tasks. In addition, students get the opportunity to address any unfinished learning in Math and ELA.

Authentic Caribbean Foundation Inc. – Pickney Time Story Time

Grades Served: 2 – 12; Program Structure: Remote Learning; Start/End Dates: 6/9/21 – 8/24/21

Contact: Please call or email now to reserve a space or register. Email: foundation@authenticcaribbeanfoundation.org Tel: 857-271-6006

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset

Pickney Time Story Time takes students of Caribbean and non-Caribbean heritage and explores the Caribbean through stories, games, books, music, folklore and culture. The program was designed to be both age appropriate and culturally sensitive as it gives students an outlet to explore and express themselves.

Fathers’ Uplift – Uplift Podcast Program

Grades Served: 2 – 12; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning); Start/End Dates: 5/1/21 – 7/10/21

Address: Fathers’ Uplift Hasna Center, 12 Southern Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124

Contact: Parents/guardians will need to contact us through our website, info@fathersuplift.org, or program staff’s own contact information.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy

At this program, students will have a chance to plan, write, and professionally record a weekly podcast over a 10-week period (5 weeks learning, planning, and writing and 5 weeks recording). There are few programs like this for minority youth in Boston to learn to harness their voice effectively, but their voice is one of the most powerful and important tools they have. The goal for this program is for students to practice critical skills of thought and evaluation in developing opinions and perspectives, to learn to capture and communicate their voice and speak effectively and persuasively, and to harness their creativity and discover talents.

Mattapan Pop Warner – Nxt Era Panthers

Grades Served: 2 – 10; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Almont Park, 40 Almont Street, Mattapan, MA 02126

Contact: Visit their website

Skills Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

The goals of this program include mentorship, health, wellness, and guidance through the game of football. Students will also have the opportunity to be a part of a book club and workshops, which will strengthen their reading and communication skills.

Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center – Summer Learning Academy

Grades Served: 2 – 4; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/6/21

Address: Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center, 950 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124

Contact: All registration for the Summer Learning Academy will be via the Common Application that will be distributed through BPS.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Teamwork; Growth Mindset

Students attending Sportsmen’s Tennis will receive a mixture of academic instruction, tennis instruction and enrichment activities. They will get to participate in hands-on activities, arts & crafts and field trips while receiving group instruction as they navigate the program. We will also teach students the history of the sport of tennis as well as the sacrifices made by past players in a variety of other sports. We hope that as students progress through the program they’ll develop a life long love for the sport of tennis. Throughout the program students get to contribute to a summer magazine which showcases all of the new things they have learned over the course of the summer as a means for reflections.

UnKnown Hype Dance Studio – Unknown Hype Summer

Grades Served: 2 – 12; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/5/21 – 8/27/21

Address: Unknown Hype Dance Studio, 723 Morton Street, Boston, MA 02126

Contact: Parents/Guardians may reach out via email or telephone. Email: unknownhype617@gmail.com Phone: 617-477-8802

Skill Development: Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At Unknown Hype Summer, students will engage and be provided a safe and inclusive space to strengthen both their scholastic minds and adapting bodies. The mentorship program provides a space for youth to complete coursework, access quality educational assistance, exposure to cultural resources and a creative outlet. Students will also get the opportunity to move their bodies within different art styles and gain an understanding of the artistic and cultural significance that exists within themselves. By utilizing the medium of dance, exposure to cultural art and educational direction students will become more inspired and curious. Additionally students will learn the skills necessary for cooperation, accountability and passion. By the end of the program students will acknowledge the importance of relationship building, supporting their peers and discovering their own strengths.

YMCA of Greater Boston – Camp Ponkapoag Summer Learning Academy

Grades Served: 2 – 7; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 7/9/21

Address: Ponkapoag Outdoor Learning Center, Blue Hills Reservation, 312 Border Street, Boston, MA 02128

Contact: Interested families should contact Ashley Cobb at acobb@ymcaboston.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At Camp Ponkapoag Summer Learning Academy, students will get the opportunity strengthen their math/ELA skills while also participating in enrichment activities that support their cognitive, social emotional and physical development. Students will also get to experience nature and be part of a culture that differs from traditional programs offered within the city.

Alighieri Dante Montessori School – Adams/Alighieri Summer Learning Academy

Grades Served: 3 – 6; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/5/21 – 8/6/21

Address: Alighieri Montessori School, 37 Gove Street, Boston, MA 02128

Contact: Contact mpizarro2@bostonpublicschools.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Social Awareness & Relationships; Teamwork

The Adams and Alighieri Montessori schools have come together to offer a unique summer school opportunity for students that attend both schools. The program offers a balance of academic and enrichment opportunities along with community engagement from East Boston partner organizations.

Boston Public Schools, STEM Department – STEAM Academy for Change

Grades Served: 3 – 6; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/6/21

Address: Michael J. Perkins Elementary School, 50 Rev Burke Street, South Boston, MA 02127

Contact: Email: ekenney2@bostonpublicschools.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset

At the STEM Academy for Change students will get the opportunity to navigate the skills and problems faced by STEAM industries using hands on learning, guest speakers, coming up with solutions to the problems facing their communities. As the program progresses students will feel more confident in their knowledge in STEAM content areas and STEAM careers. Students will begin to develop the interpersonal skills needed to work in the STEAM industry while also seeing how classes like ELA and Math are connected with the design process. By the end of the program students will be able to answer the questions of “How can I solve issues faced by my community using STEAM?” and “Why is it important to have more Black and LatinX representation in the STEAM profession?”

Courageous Sailing – Steps To Lead

Grades Served: 3 – 11; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 6/28/21 – 8/6/21

Address: Courageous Sailing, The Boathouse on Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard, One First Ave, Boston, MA 02129

Contact: Registration in Steps To Lead is by lottery and was completed in March. Please visit their website for more information.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At this program, students will learn how to sail, starting at a beginner level and building skills and confidence as they progress through the “Steps” over the course of seven summers. Steps To Lead incorporates environmental stewardship and hands-on STEM at all levels, and features a deliberate focus on building leadership, community, and social-emotional skills.

Courageous Sailing – Swim Sail Science

Grades Served: 3 – 5; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: The Boathouse on Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard, One First Avenue, Boston, MA 02129

Contact: Parents/guardians of rising BPS 4th, 5th, and 6th graders can apply through the BPS common application or contact Ashton Wollett at ashton@courageoussailing.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At this program, students will have the chance to learn something that might be totally new to them: sailing! Kids explore Boston Harbor in stable, comfortable keelboats, along with 2-3 peers and an instructor. Along the way, they learn not just the basics of sailing, but how to work together as a team, communicate, build confidence, solve problems, and apply what they’re learning in the classroom to what they’re experiencing out on the water. Our hands-on, multidisciplinary academic curriculum–centered around environmental science–helps students reinforce the basics while learning how to think critically about important issues.

Crossroads – Camp Wing

Grades Served: 3 – 8; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Camp Wing, 119 Myrtle Street, Duxbury, MA 02332

Contact: Visit their website

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Located on 200 acres of woodlands in Duxbury, Camp Wing provides a safe and stimulating environment where our campers are urged beyond their comfort zones to set and achieve goals, gain new skills through challenges, make positive choices, and develop healthy relationships with their peers and adults. In recognition of the enormous educational inequities and loss of school-based learning that so many of our participants have experienced during the pandemic, Crossroads is adapting its summer program to include two hours of math and two hours of literacy instruction each day. This academic enrichment will be integrated with instructional swim, team sports, ropes courses, biking, hiking, boating, archery, arts and crafts, and mentoring, attending to the intellectual and social-emotional needs and aspirations of each child.

Crossroads – Camp Wing Summer Learning Academy

Grades Served: 3 – 8; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 6/27/21 – 7/21/21

Address: Camp Wing, 119 Myrtle Street, Duxbury, MA 02332

Contact: Visit their website

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Crossroads Camp Wing Summer Learning Academy is a residential, overnight summer program that will serve 160 Boston Public Schools students in Grades 3-8, from June 27-July 21, 2021. In recognition of the enormous educational inequities and loss of school-based learning that so many of our participants have experienced during the pandemic, Crossroads is adapting its summer program to include two hours of math and two hours of literacy instruction each day. This academic enrichment will be integrated with instructional swim, team sports, ropes courses, biking, hiking, boating, archery, arts and crafts, and mentoring, attending to the intellectual and social-emotional needs and aspirations of each child.

Bethel Institute for Community Development – Bethel Math and Science Scholars

Grades Served: 4 – 7; Program Structure: TBD

Contact: Kalya Murray, kmurray@bethelboston.org, 617-524-4510

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Social Awareness & Relationships; Teamwork

At this program, students are exposed to the STEAM fields and provided hands on, experiential fun learning, to reduce summer learning loss/slide, and to increase their understanding of and confidence in these subjects. Students will have the chance to demystify the STEAM fields and foster a recognition of STEAM concepts in our everyday environment. They will also learn about people of color pioneers and professionals currently in the STEAM fields—seeing themselves in STEAM careers.

Boston Scores – Summer Learning Academy 

Grades Served: 4 – 7; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: TBD

Contact: To learn more about the Boston Scores Summer Learning Academy or to enroll, please contact Boston Scores Program Director Ive Mendoza at ivelisse@bostonscores.org or 617-553-4705.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At the Boston Scores Summer Learning Academy, students rising into grades 4 through 7 use the playing field (soccer) and the classroom (hands-on experiential learning projects) to develop social-emotional skill sets that have life-long benefits in the classroom, in peer relationships and beyond. Our goal is for students to keep their minds and bodies active during the summer months, build rewarding relationship with new friends, with caring Coach-Mentors and teachers, and with near-peer Junior Counselors, and try new and challenging activities in an environment that encourages experimentation, failure, and perseverance and rewards the effort of all students rather than celebrating the “natural ability” of a few. Students will have the chance to take part in classroom-based projects led by Boston Public Schools teachers. We employ DEI certified and SEI endorsed BPS faculty in this program and English Learners are welcome and encouraged to join. This year’s field trips and guests are still under consideration for what can be done safely under current health conditions, but past year’s trip & workshops have included: soccer clinics with the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium, visits to the Museum of Science, New England Aquarium and LEGOLAND, cooking classes, nutrition workshops, tennis & golf lessons, meditation and yoga sessions.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston – BGCB Hennigan Club Summer Learning Academy

Grades Served: 4, 5; Program Structure: Remote Learning

Contact: Marisol Ayala, Director email: mayala@bgcb.org phone; 617-905-2476; Visit their website

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Self-Regulation

Students will be able to participate fun activities daily led by BGCB staff. It is our goal to assure each student receives a review of the previous school year and gets to explore their upcoming year. Students will be able to participate in an in-person field trip with good attendance.

Hale Outdoor Learning Adventures

Grades Served: 4 – 6; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Hale Reservation, 80 Carby Street, Westwood, MA 02090

Contact: Any family interested in the program can visit their website. Any one is able to reach the Director of Camp and Youth Programs, Jackie Ross, at jross@hale1918.org or call the office 781-326-1770.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Hale Outdoor Learning Adventures is a 5-week long innovative day camp experience. Students from our partner schools are transported from Boston to the woodlands of Hale in Westwood, MA. Rising 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students participate in a traditional day camp that also has a rigorous outdoor education component. Using the skills of licensed BPS teachers and outdoor experience of our learning guides at Hale, students are able to experience learning outside the classroom. The natural landscape of Hale becomes the whiteboard, becomes the book they read, becomes the story teller. Not only do students partake in academics such as Math and English Language Arts, they also attend programs such as Nature Education, Pond Ecology, Archery, Swimming, Team Building, Sports, Arts and Crafts, Music, and so much more. Students will learn ways to not only connect to their natural environment, but learn to connect with peers and adults through positive relationships. Events are hosted weekly to encourage inclusivity, community, and a sense of belonging for all program participants.

Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center – Summer Learning Project

Grades Served: 4, 5; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center, 125 Mercer Street, South Boston, MA 02127

Contact: Parents should contact our Membership Coordinator, Sandra Gomez at 617-850-9157. You can also contact the Director of the program, Jose Sotz at 617-850-9157.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking

The Tierney Learning Center After School Program is there to provide academic assistance and enrichment to youth in a safe and supportive environment. Our intended outcome is to instill a love of learning and to promote student academic success. The Summer Learning Project (SLP at Tierney Learning Center serves 4th and 5th graders from area BPS schools providing ELA (English/Language Arts) and Math instruction, enrichment, and recreational activities with the goal of reducing summer learning loss. Students receive instruction from certified BPS teachers.

Piers Park Sailing Center – Science of Sailing

Grades Served: 4 – 12; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Piers Park Sailing Center, 95 Marginal Street, East Boston, MA 02128

Contact: Visit their website

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

In the Science of Sailing Program, students will achieve: improved self esteem, improved empathy and sense of community, stronger connections with others, and broadended understanding of environment and ecology. Sailing as a sport will become more accessible, inclusive, and diverse. Students will progress through a three level curriculum (insert link) with the goal of ultimately being able to independently captain the sailbost on a trip to one of the Boston Harbor Islands. As a community sailing program, Piers Park Sailing Center is more effective at pursuing our goals than similar programs for three key reasons: 1. Our programs are 100% accessible to children of any level of physical ability. We are the only program in Massachusetts and one of only four in the country certified by US Sailing where a child with paralysis can take the helm and steer the boat. 2. We have the most ethnically and culturally diverse staff of any community sailing center in Massachusetts, meaning we can be more responsive to and connected to the community we serve. 3. Our year-round programming provides multiple pathways to eventually become a sailor, meaning youth from families who have reservations about swimming/being on the water spend time in our program, get to know our staff, and then are more likely to become involved in all of our programming all year round. As an educational youth development program, we are more effective at pursuing our above stated goals for two key reasons: 1. Our programs are uniquely fun for children and provide access to areas of the city that very few people get to enjoy. For example, every Friday during the ‘warm season’ children sail to one of the Boston Harbor Islands. Some Islands that are not accessible by ferry (like Rainsford and sometimes Lovells) have no visitors except youth from our programs who get to explore and learn about these natural spaces. 2. Our staff of 100% past program participants are genuinely & passionately dedicated to our mission because of their personal experiences as youth.

Team New England Basketball Club – TNE Summer Enrichment Program

Grades Served: 4 – 8; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/9/21 – 8/20/21

Address: Lena Park, 150 American Legion Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124

Contact: Website, or contact GhillTNE@gmail.com

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At Team New England we aim to develop confidence, self reliance, conflict-resolution and team skill building through the use of sports. Students will also recieve academic support, primarily in the areas of reading and writing, and participate in critical thinking activities. Students will also get the chance to engage in community service opportunities, create meaningful relationships with the role models, mentors and peers.

World Ocean School – Day Programming aboard Schooner Roseway

Grades Served: 4 – 12; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 6/28/21 – 9/10/21

Address: Schooner Roseway, 212 Northern Avenue, Suite 301A, Boston, MA 02210

Contact: Folks can reach out to Program Manager (Cara James) at cara@worldoceanschool.org or (484) 949 4955.

Skill Development: Perseverance; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork

At the World Ocean School, students will put our community values (teamwork, communication, trust & self-worth) into practice as they learn to sail a national historic landmark, The Schooner Roseway. As students are helping the Roseway crew set sail, they’ll get the rare opportunity of seeing the city of Boston from a unique perspective. Students will get to participate in place-based/ applied learning which includes lessons like Navigation/Applied mathematics, Harbor Ecology, Life of a Sailor, Buoyancy, and Simple Machines.

Zoo New England – Zoo School

Grades Served: 4, 5; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/6/21

Address: Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston, MA 02121

Contact: Contact Education Program Coordinator Rebecca Nuske, at rnuske@zoonewengland.org

Skill Development: Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset

This program provides students with the chance to truly explore and appreciate the natural world all while improving their skills in math/ELA. Students will get to improve academic skills and learn about diverse animals and conservation by incorporating activities like how much it costs to feed a lion, how old is the gorilla family or writing about how animals inspire them. Additionally students will get the opportunity to explore Franklin Park Zoo where they will get the chance to observe the animal exhibits and get the chance to ask questions about what’s interesting to them.

Harlem Lacrosse – Summer Academy 

Grades Served: 5 – 9; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Mildred Avenue School, 5 Mildred Avenue, Mattapan, MA 02126

Contact: Harlem Lacrosse Summer Academy enrollment is open to middle school students from Mildred K-8, Lee K-8, TechBoston, McKay K-8, and Young Achievers. Contact Pat Cronin at pat@harlemlacrosse.org with questions.

Skill Development: Perseverance; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Regulation

Students will have the chance to play lacrosse and other outdoor sports and games, meet new friends, and develop their academic and social-emotional skills. They will form teams and will compete in fun competitions on the field and in the classroom throughout Summer Academy. Students will participate in project-based learning to continue developing their academic and social-emotional skills. Projects will allow them to address real-world issues and create ways to make a difference in their community.

OneLove Sports Academy – One Love Sports League

Grades Served: 5 – 10; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 4/10/21 – 8/20/21

Address: Mary Hannon Park, 513 Dudley Street, Dorchester, MA 02125

Contact: Please contact Jamaal at jamaalwornum@onelovesports.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Social Awareness & Relationships; Teamwork; Growth Mindset

At OneLove Sports Academy sports are used to teach students core values and meaningful life lessons. Using relationship building and mentorship, we aim to help the students of OneLove navigate through life regardless of what starting point they’re at. Additionally using the “mind, body and soul approach” we provide a means to connect with students to provide consistent mentorship support.

The Steppingstone Foundation – Steppingstone Scholars Program

Grades Served: 5 – 7; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning); Start/End Dates: 7/12/21 – 8/13/21

Address: Milton Academy, 170 Centre Street, Milton, MA 02186

Contact: Students and families must apply to Steppingstone, and our application period is closed for this year.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Steppingstone Scholars join our program in 4th or 5th grade and continue receiving services from Steppingstone through college and beyond. During the summer, they focus on strengthening their academic and social-emotional skills in a fun, enriching, college-focused environment. They develop strong relationships with each other and with supportive adults in the community.

UMass Boston – Gastón Institute – TAG/ALERTA

Grades Served: 5 – 10; Program Structure: Remote Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/6/21

Contact: Parents/guardians should visit their website for program information. For any questions or additional information they can email tag@umb.edu

Skill Development: Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset

TAG | ALERTA’s goal is to support Latinx, multilingual students, and English Learners through a combination of project-based classroom practices and a learning environment that fosters students’ cultural pride and civic engagement in a five-week remote learning program. We will offer 120 students academic classes in Math and English in the mornings and fun athletic and artistic activities in the afternoon (activities could include but are not limited to arts and crafts, athletics and games, music, and STEM). All students will have the chance to build lasting relationships with one another during their enrichment and regularly -scheduled program-wide activities. Students will be exposed to opportunities to develop agency, leadership, confidence and discover and develop their talents and gifts in and out of the classroom.

Boston HBCU Alumni Network – HBCyoU Summer Leadership Development Academy

Grades Served: 6 – 12, Alternative Education; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning)

Address: TBD

Contact: TBD – Currently finalizing website

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

The HBCyoU Summer Leadership Academy is going to run on Saturdays and serve as an enrichment program that will be offered to Boston-based High School students that have demonstrated academic promise and expressed interest in pursuing post-secondary education. Guest Speakers to focus on: Leadership Building, Confidence and Awareness, Self Motivation, Emotional Intelligence, Academic Skills, and Post Secondary Exposure.

Boston Police Activities League – Act Up with 5-0

Grades Served: 6 – 12; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning)

Address: Boston Police Headquarters, 1 Schroeder Plaza, Boston, MA 02120

Contact: Email program contacts: Christopher Byner, PAL Program Director – christopher.byner@boston.gov; Laura Dickerson, BPD Bureau of Community Engagement – laura-dickerson@pd.boston.gov; Kerline Desir, Program Creator/Mentor, kerline.desir@pd.boston.gov; Website

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Through the program we create space where youth are encouraged to talk about emotional trauma they have buried deep inside them. They then are able to create beauty out of those dark and light moments in their lives. Through this process they learn that they have friends and mentors that truly care about their voice and they are able to overcome trauma and heal. This programs goal is to heal through love and art.

Boston Police Activities League – Girls Reflecting Our World

Grades Served: 6 – 12; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning)

Address: Boston Police Headquarters, 1 Schroeder Plaza, Boston, MA 02120

Contact: Email program contacts: Christopher Byner, PAL Program Director – christopher.byner@boston.gov; Laura Dickerson, BPD Bureau of Community Engagement – laura-dickerson@pd.boston.gov; Kerline Desir, Program Creator/Mentor, kerline.desir@pd.boston.gov; Website

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

The goals of Girls Reflecting out World are to teach, inspire and support young girls throughout the city as they transition from adolescence to young adult, through providing access to opportunities and relationships not available to them in an effort to increase self-esteem and create a more promising future. This summer G.R.O.W. will focus on, social and gender specific awareness and skills, self-advocacy and self-esteem, physical and mental health and fitness, and civil engagement and policy. We will assist the youth and family with their virtual learning challenges and provide tech and curriculum support. We are hopeful to guide these young women to a promising, safe and joyful future.

CitySprouts will host programs at the following sites:

  • Orchard Gardens
  • Henderson School
  • Haggerty School
  • Morse School
  • Rindge Ave Upper Campus
  • Longfellow School

Grades Served: 6 – 8; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Contact: Call: 617-876-2436, Email: smontagno@citysprouts.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication

CitySprouts after school and summer program for middle schoolers is a fun place for kids to be with other kids their age– being outside together, making friends, learning how to grow a garden. It’s a chance for young people to be a leader and have their thoughts and ideas heard. Kids learn about making their community a safer, healthier, more sustainable place to live. At our program youth will take an inquiry based approach to learn more about the community around them. The garden will be the place where youth meet and make friends. This year we will be meeting in person where youth will have a chance to learn how to take care of a garden as well as participate in activities related to botany, food systems, renewable energy, and climate change. They will go on walking field trips related to our four focus areas that will help them explore their local neighborhood community spaces.

DotHouse Health

Grades Served: 6, 7; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: DotHouse Health Center, 1353 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA 02122

Contact: Michelle Rue: 617-740-2531 / Michelle.Rue@dothousehealth.org; Brieel Parker: bparker@bostonpublicschools.org

Skill Development: Perseverance; Communication

Students will have the chance to continue building educational and social skills. The DotHouse provides workshops that relate to community engagement and teen issues. Students will review and progress in math and ELA for their respected grade levels. They will also engage in extracurricular activities such as swimming, gaming, coding, physical activity, art, and personal development.

Fablevison – FabMaker Studio STEM Program

Grades Served: 6 – 9; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning)

Address: Boys & Girls Club of Boston Orchard Gardens, 2 Dearborn Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

Contact: Registration will be done through the Orchard Garden Boys & Girls Club of Boston.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Communication; Teamwork

Students will work through engineering challenges while hearing from engineers working in the field through a series of videos. They will use the web-based tool FabMaker Studio and export files to a paper cutter, this allows for rapid prototyping and design.

Sociedad Latina – Dearborn-Sociedad Latina STEAM

Grades Served: 6 – 8; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning); Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/6/21

Address: TBD

Contact: Visit their website or contact: Angelica Rodriguez, arodriguez@sociedadlatina.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Communication

The STEAM program integrates academic project-based learning and enrichment to boost academic achievement, support science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) engagement, build social-emotional skills, and explore careers. Participants also have the opportunity to celebrate their culture and create positive relationships with peers and adults. For the first part of the day, youth will engage in academic project-based activities. For the second part of the day, youth will engage in our enrichment activities hosted in our STEAM Clubs focusing on Arts, Coding, Network Science, and Careers. Goal: The STEAM program integrates the arts into the traditional STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering arts and math through experiential learning. It has been designated as a 21st Century Community Learning Center by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and is a community-based partner for the BoSTEM initiative. Sociedad Latina stands apart as an organization that prioritizes holistic, culturally-relevant, and linguistically-responsive programming, with targeted strategies and services that support English Learners and youth with varying English Language Development (ELD) levels in building their English language acquisition.

Sociedad Latina – STEAM Team, Simmons

Grades Served: 6 – 8; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning); Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/6/21

Address: TBD

Contact: Visit their website or contact Angelica Rodriguez, arodriguez@sociedadlatina.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Communication

The STEAM program integrates academic project-based learning and enrichment to boost academic achievement, support science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) engagement, build social-emotional skills, and explore careers. Participants also have the opportunity to celebrate their culture and create positive relationships with peers and adults. For the first part of the day, youth will engage in academic project-based activities. For the second part of the day, youth will engage in our enrichment activities hosted in our STEAM Clubs focusing on Arts, Coding, Network Science, and Careers. Goal: The STEAM program integrates the arts into the traditional STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering arts and math through experiential learning. It has been designated as a 21st Century Community Learning Center by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and is a community-based partner for the BoSTEM initiative. Sociedad Latina stands apart as an organization that prioritizes holistic, culturally-relevant, and linguistically-responsive programming, with targeted strategies and services that support English Learners and youth with varying English Language Development (ELD) levels in building their English language acquisition.

The3PointFoundation – C.A.B. Academy

Grades Served: 6 – 8; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/13/21

Address: The Dewitt Center, 122 Dewitt Drive, Boston, MA 02120

Contact: We will be using the proposed Common application for all BPS students. Caregivers can also contact Erica Rivers via email at erica.rivers@3pointfoundation.org or via phone at 617-320-9880

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

The 3 Point Foundation provides a project-based learning style in the classroom while the afternoon is coupled with sport and arts activities. The morning curriculum is one that is cognitively demanding of students while also requiring them to do their own research while analyzing and organizing new bodies of information. Some of the afternoon activities include golf, rock climbing, basketball and computer design. We have also instituted a Jr. Shark Tank program to foster an entrepreneurial mindset within the students. The program aims to promote summer learning gains and foster social emotional growth.

YMCA of Greater Boston – Achievers Summer Learning Academy

Grades Served: 6-8; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Date: 7/6/21-8/6/21

Address: Egleston Square YMCA, 3134 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

Contact: Families should reach out to Jessica Colon at jcolon@ymcaboston.org if interested in the program.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Self-Regulation

At the Achievers Summer Learning Academy, students will get the opportunity strengthen their math/ELA skills while also participating in enrichment activities that support their cognitive, social emotional and physical development. Students will also be provided college and career readiness tools and opportunities. We work alongside countless local and regional universities and professionals to introduce youth to the potential opportunities that lie ahead.

Achieve

Grades Served: 7 – 9; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/5/21

Address: Noble Greenough School, 10 Campus Drive, Dedham, MA 02026

Contact: We have an internal application process which has already closed. We have already selected our new incoming group of students. However, here is our website and our email address is: achieve@nobles.edu

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Achieve is a tuition-free educational program serving low-income middle school students. We make a ten year relationship to families, which allows us to get to know each of our students well and guide them in their journey from adolescence through young adulthood. At this program, students experience academic success while building meaningful, long-lasting relationships. They will gain the academic and social emotional skills necessary to be successful in high school, college and beyond, all while having fun in an inclusive and supporting community. We do this by providing academic and social enrichment through a rigorous and engaging six-week summer program, as well as ongoing academic year tutoring and support. Ultimately, our community provides transformative academic and enrichment experiences, and fosters enduring mentoring relationships that inspire confidence, learning and joy.

Breakthrough Greater Boston – College Access Program

Grades Served: 7 -12; Program Structure: Remote Learning

Contact: Visit their website

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset

Breakthrough Greater Boston is providing a math and ELA course using Massachusetts DESE pre-req standards. Each course has 4 synchronous 45 minute sessions spanning from Monday to Thursday. Alongside these courses students can expect consistent check-ins with their BTGB advisor. The program aims to provide academic enrichment, strengthen math and literacy skills and to foster a deep love for learning. BTGB aims to foster more engagement from students and staff by implementing activities such as spirit stick awards, weekly virtual visits from Teaching Fellow alums and special event days.

Charlestown High Summer School 2020-21

Grades Served: 7 – 10; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Charlestown High School, 240 Medford Street, Charlestown, MA 02129

Contact: Email program staff listed on our website – Paige Lemieux – plemieux@bostonpublicschools.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy

Through this program students will gain the skills needed to transition from middle school to high school academics while also building a sense of community by acquiring the skills needed to effectively communicate with teachers and peers. The idea of community learning is reinforced by field trips, team building activities and academics.

Excellence for All – Braithwaite Burns STEM Institute

Grades Served: 7, 8; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: TBD

Contact: Contact Kevin Smith, the EFA STEM Manager, at Ksmith11@bostonpublicschools.org OR Emilio Murillo, the EFA STEM Coordinator, at emurillo@bostonpublicschools.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At this program, students will be able to increase their ability to solve complex problems using science, mathematics, and innovative tech by participating in engineering design challenges in fun and culturally affirming ways. They will increase understanding of math concepts connected to the STEM challenges targeting 7th and 8th grade math standards using culturally relevant tasks and culturally responsive pedagogies. Also, the program aims to increase student awareness of STEM careers in fields like Biotech, Robotics, construction, and civil engineering, while connecting students to the legacy of Black and Brown achievement in STEM.

The PIM Project

Grades Served: 7 – 12, Alternative Education; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 5/1/21 – 6/15/21

Address: Roberts Park, 10 Dunbar Street, Dorchester, MA 02124

Contact: Visit their website

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset

At The PIM Project our goal is for students to provide positive self development strategies for the youth in a judgement free environment. We aim for students to become well versed in communicating what they want out of life and what steps are necessary to achieve it. Along the way students will also learn strong teamwork and relationship building skills.

Boxing Power and Fitness

Grades Served: 8, 10, 11, Alternative Education; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning)

Contact: Contact Michelle at 617-831-5562 between 2pm – 6pm

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy

At Boxing Power and Fitness, students will train like elite boxers to physically, mentally, and emotional overcome adverse situations while maintaining focus. They will learn the basics of self defense and the true discipline required of a professional boxer. In addition, students will learn the importance of consistently applying proper techniques.

Greatest MINDS Summer College to Career Academy

Grades Served: 8 – 12, Alternative Education; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning)

Address: Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Ave., Roxbury, MA 02120

Contact: George (Chip) Greenidge, Director, Greatest MINDS; www.gminds.org; 857.312.6340; Emails: info@gminds.org, greatestminds.boston@gmail.com, george.greenidge@gmail.com

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Greatest MINDS focuses on Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan communities for our geographical area. The organization is a comprised of Black educators, activists, entrepreneurs, young professionals, artists and community members from the Boston. Greatest MINDS is a community-based organization that works with college students and young professionals to become the next generation of civic leaders through mentoring, volunteering, and participating. Our vision for the 21st century where skilled, educated Black professionals will take leadership in their communities and careers by supporting middle and high school students on their road to college and beyond. Our volunteers and staff members all have grown up in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan and have worked together to develop programs, symposiums, and projects to build our young people — middle and high school students to be all that they can be. At this summer program, students will learn on how to work in a team and be exposed to highly motivated role-models. Academic, College & Career Support: Goal 1: At this program, students will learn complete their college ready, career ready and reading assignments and gain work skills. Mentoring Support: Goal 2: At this program, students will learn and have access to Black young college students and professionals and exposed to the areas of college prep, career, and community service. In-Person Activities: Goal 3: At this program, students will learn and be involved with in-person activities and online remote learning discussions in the areas of STEM, college, workforce development, arts, music, recreational activities, and community service.

Burke Academic & Mentoring

Grades Served: 8 – 12, Alternative Education; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning)

Address: Burke High School, 60 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02121

Contact: The program draws students from current student body and engages with GHA middle schools to recruit rising grade 9 students. Their website, JEBHS.ORG will have a description of summer engagement for students.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Burke Academic and Mentoring provides academic support and credit recovery opportunities for students. This program also serves beginner ELD students and provides counseling and youth development forums for students. Additionally, Burke utilizes the whole child approach to promote social-emotional wellness, youth development and to provide a summer workplace for teens.

WriteBoston Teens in Print – Summer Journalism Institute

Grades Served: 8 – 12; Program Structure: Remote Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/13/21

Contact: Teens interested in registering for the program should go to the application link. For more information, teens and guardians can contact Program Director Carla Gualdron at carlagualdron@writeboston.org.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Self-Efficacy

WriteBoston’s Summer Journalism Institute (SJI) is a rigorous, supportive summer program for Boston teens. The institute provides teens with the hands-on experience of working for a multimedia newspaper. By writing news articles, students learn practices essential to journalism: interviewing, researching, and writing. In the process, they gain the skills necessary to being effective students and employees: self-discipline, time management, openness to feedback, teamwork, and the ability to communicate. The three primary goals of SJI are to: 1) increase student mastery through writing by the opportunity to publish stories in the Teens in Print online newspaper; 2) increase in self-efficacy (growth in confidence, motivation, and personal responsibility); and 3) support post-secondary success. Teens in Print amplifies youth perspectives, typically missing from the media landscape. The program prioritizes Black and brown students and provides a platform and supportive space for students from marginalized communities due to gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, disability, language, and immigration status.

Young Audiences of Massachusetts – Outdoor Summer Dance Workshops

Grades Served: 8 – 12; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/8/21 – 8/16/21

Address: TBD

Contact: Please reach out to lhamiltonfrench@yamass.org

Skill Development: Perseverance; Creativity; Teamwork; Self-Regulation

At Young Audiences students have the opportunity to express themselves through dance and movement in the outdoor environment of the Melnea Cass Recreation Center. Students will develop the skills of creative expression and perserverance as they partake in group choreography and push through misktakes that may come their way. Additionally as students participate in group choreography they will develop strong skills in teamwork, social awareness and strong peer relationships.

Asian Community Development Corporation – Summer Leadership Academy

Grades Served: 9 – 12, Alternative Education; Program Structure: Remote Learning

Contact: Email Youth Programs Associate Celina Fernando (celina.fernando@asiancdc.org)

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At this program, students will deepen their understanding of the Asian experience in both Massachusetts and across the United States, developing skills in empathy, creative storytelling, critical thinking and analysis, and collaboration. Students will have the chance to develop a creative project with their team, participate in virtual skill development and bonding, and meet other High School aged youth from across the Greater Boston Area.

Apprentice Learning – City Summer Internship

Grades Served: 9, 10; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning)

Address: TBD

Contact: Letta Neely, Associate Director, letta@apprenticelearning.org, 617-749-6134; Visit their website

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

City Summer Internship is a paid career exploration program for Boston girls entering ninth grade where interns explore careers in Boston’s economic engine neighborhoods and learn to earn! At this program, interns will attend weekly seminars and explorations of career fields where women are underrepresented blend to build career knowledge, self-confidence and an awareness of the myriad of career opportunities available to youth just a short distance from home in some of Boston’s fastest growing downtown neighborhoods. They will also complete the BluePrint Project and Signal Success modules. Interns will earn stipends of up to $270 per week for completing program hours and requirements.

Best Buddies – Lunch Bunch

Grades Served: 9 – 12, Alternative Education; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning); Start/End Dates: 7/5/21 – 8/6/21

Address: Madison Park High School, 75 Malcolm X Boulevard, Boston, MA 02120

Contact: Email: juliannesullivan@bestbuddies.org

Skill Development: Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Best Buddies provides a structured social opportunity for students with and without disabilities to come together form friendships and learn from each other. The program aims to bring together students who otherwise would not have met under normal circumstances. Students will also get the opportunity to participate in a global leadership conference where they will get the chance to connect with student leaders from around the world.

Boston Day and Evening Academy – BDEA Summer Learning Academy

Grades Served: 9 – 12; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Boston Day and Evening Academy, 20 Kearsarge Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119

Contact: While BDEA Summer Academy is largely geared towards BDEA students (with referral from their advisors), as we do not offer standard HS courses, we welcome all HS students in Boston. They can contact the school at 617-635-6789.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Growth Mindset

At the BDEA Summer Academy, students will have the opportunity to accelerate their path towards graduation, taking courses in core content areas as well as enrichment courses.

Boston Public Health Commission – Boston Area Health Education Center

Grades Served: 9 – 12; Program Structure: Remote Learning

Contact: Parents may contact bahec@bphc.org, students may apply using this link until 4/15/21

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Creativity; Communication; Self-Efficacy

Students will develop key skills in math and science to prepare them for their Fall 2021 math and science classes. We will also focus on skills designed to help them cope with stress and anxiety. Students will be able to choose their own Tuesday and Thursday electives to develop coping skills. There will be a focus on academic enrichment, as well as the opportunity to interact with students in other BPHC youth programs.

Boston Public Health Commission – Peer Leadership Institute

Grades Served: 9 – 12; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning); Start/End Dates: 7/12/21 – 8/13/21

Address: TBD

Contact: Email: peerleadership@bphc.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

The Peer Leadership Institute aims to help students identify and demonstrate healthy behaviors and access information to improve their health-specifically in regards to sexual health and substance use prevention. Students will also be able to demonstrate positive leadership skills as teens are trained to be able to educate their peers around important health issues that impact their daily lives.

Children’s Services of Roxbury – Youth and Police in Partnership

Grades Served: 9 – 12; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning)

Address: Children’s Services of Roxbury, 504 Dudley Street, Boston, MA 02119

Contact: Ricardo Jean Noel (Director of Youth & Police in Partnership) Mobile: 857-701-8354 Email: rjean-noel@csrox.org Tim Fitzgerald (Program Manager of Youth & Police in Partnership) Mobile: 857.492.6941 Email: Tfitzgerald@csrox.org; Website

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Children’s Services of Roxbury connects youth and law enforcement professionals to tackle social justice issues that are affecting their community. Youth will develop their leadership skills, communication skills, and public speaking skills in a safe and engaging environment.

Courageous Sailing – Instructors-in-Training

Grades Served: 9 – 11; Program Structure: In-Person Learning; Start/End Dates: 6/21/21 – 8/9/21

Address: Courageous Sailing, The Boathouse on Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard, One First Ave, Boston, MA 02129

Contact: Hiring for the Instructor-in-Training program ended April 1. For more information, please visit their website.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At this program, students will learn how to become excellent sailing instructors, near-peer role models, and educators–while practicing transferable professional skills. As paid Instructors-in-Training, teens make the transition from student to instructor, teaching younger sailors and stepping into a leadership role at Courageous.

Fenway Summer Success Academy 

Grades Served: 9; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Fenway High School, 67 Alleghany Street, Boston, MA 02120

Contact: Incoming families will be informed through an information session, our weekly family forum newsletter and through personal phone calls by our teachers and administration.

Skill Development: Teamwork

Fenway High School Summer Success Academy is a 5-week intensive program that provides incoming 9th grade students an opportunity for extended learning during the summer session. In small learning communities of 12-13 ninth grade classmates, students are offered daily instruction in math, humanities, English Language Arts, and “Focus on the Future” where students can build social and emotional skills and begin laying the foundation, and executing their plans to achieve their goals after high school. In addition to these classes, the program will include weekly field trips to local colleges, universities, businesses, and cultural institutions to provide students to explore their city and learn about opportunities to get involved and dream big.

Freedom House – Summer Learning Project 

Grades Served: 9 – 12, Alternative Education; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning); Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/7/21

Address: Freedom House, 5 Crawford Street, Dorchester, MA 02121

Contact: Families can learn more about our summer program through our website, social media platforms, direct email to staff and literature sent home to our families.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy

Students will learn how to use their educational foundation to succeed in college and the workplace. Students will be able to develop leadership and soft skills through workshops and civic engagement projects that directly translate to their jobs, take college credit courses which help students envision themselves on a college campus and they will learn how to be in a professional workplace where they will gain administrative, marketing and technology skills. Our students will also learn how to develop projects addressing social justice issues.

Margarita Muniz Academy – Summer Opportunity and Reach (SOAR) Program

Grades Served: 9 – 12; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning); Start/End Dates: 7/5/21 – 8/6/21

Address: Margarita Muniz Academy, 20 Child Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02050

Contact: This program is primarily designed for Muniz students. If a parent is interested in our program, they can reach Dr. Vazquez at dvazquez2@bostonpublicschools.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy

The Muniz Academy SOAR program is designed to support Muniz students who need to recover course work for this school year. Students will take courses in accelerated learning cycles during the month of July. Muniz Academy students in Grade 9 will work with Muniz staff and our Hale Reservation Partners in a new academic/ experiential program approach. Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 will work in accelerated cycles to complete course work and demonstrate key competencies. Students in Grade 9 will work with Muniz staff and our Hale Reservation Partners in a new academic/ experiential program approach. Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 will work in accelerated cycles to complete course work and demonstrate key competencies.

National Park Service – Historias de Boston

Grades Served: 9 – 12; Program Structure: Remote Learning; Start/End Dates: 5/10/21 – 8/20/21

Contact: Unfortunately the program application is closed.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset

Historias de Boston is a youth employment program that focuses on sights, sounds, and stories of Boston’s diverse communities and history. Youth will learn video and audio production tools and techniques with an emphasis on digital storytelling and historical research of the parks. Together we will learn and produce projects about the National Parks of Boston. Through hands-on assignments, they will research, produce, capture, and edit projects based in and around the National Parks of Boston.

New Mission High School – New Program

Grades Served: 9 – 12; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: New Mission High School, 655 Metropolitan Avenue, Boston, MA 02136

Contact: Contact Lynette Blue-Skerritt, lblueskerritt@bostonpublicschools.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Growth Mindset; Self-Regulation

At this program, students will learn content area and skills that are necessary for their academic success. This is a credit recovery program, designed for students who still need to earn credit for core academic classes. The goal of this program is for students to learn, engage with our school community, and enjoy themselves this summer.

O’Bryant Summer Academy

Grades Served: 9 – 12; Program Structure: TBD

Address: John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, 55 Malcolm X Blvd., Boston, MA 02120

Contact: Because this is credit recovery, parents/guardians will be notified by the O’Bryant Student Support staff. Other schools within the district, public/private, can notify the school with regard to enrollment in our program.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

O’Bryant Summer Academy offers small class sizes that give students the chance to have more 1 on 1 learning experiences with their teacher and peers. Teachers are licensed in their respective discipline and are cognizant of the difficulties students may encounter in a traditional classroom setting. The courses are designed to encourage critical thinking skills and paced to each individual student meaning you can move forward or take your time as needed. Successful completion of a course will grant full credit for a class.

Snowden International School – Summer Credit Recovery

Grades Served: 9 – 12; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning)

Address: Snowden International School, 140 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116

Contact: Email snowden-admin@bostonpublicschools.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Growth Mindset

Through Snowden’s credit recovery students get the opportunity to recover credit that will allow them to stay on pace to graduate. Additionally, students are assigned to classes with familiar teachers to help build students’ critical consciousness and to accelerate learning.

Sociedad Latina – ALAS

Grades Served: 9 – 12; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning); Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/6/21

Address: TBD

Contact: To sign up for Sociedad Latina programming, visit their website or contact Juan Maldonado: juan@sociedadlatina.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Communication

The Academy for Latinos Achieving Success program provides a combination of classroom instruction and enrichment activities to rising 9-11th grade English Learners attending BPS high schools. Our curricula, facilitated by ESL certified teachers, are designed to build college-going identity in first generation students and provide early exposure to the college application process. The curriculum is supplemented by college & career activities throughout the summer. Sociedad Latina stands apart as an organization that prioritizes holistic, culturally-relevant, and linguistically-responsive programming, with targeted strategies and services that support English Learners and youth with varying English Language Development (ELD) levels in building their English language acquisition.

Speak for the Trees – Teen Urban Tree Corps Program

Grades Served: 9 – 12; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning); Start/End Dates: 7/7/21 – 8/18/21

Address: TBD

Contact: Those interested should contact Emika Brown at emika@sfttbos.org.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

SFTT’s 2021 Teen Urban Tree Corps program (TUTC) is uniquely situated to meet the challenges currently faced in the field of urban forestry. Through a youth focused education, outreach, and training program, youth will come to learn about the importance of urban forestry, about Tree Equity, and will provide them opportunities to learn about and become future arborists. For the last 2 summers, TUTC focused on tree inventory and storytelling. This upcoming summer the program will be expanded to incorporate a pre-professional workforce development arboriculture program to increase youth awareness and accessibility to careers in arboriculture, a growing and increasingly necessary field that is in need of a diversity of trained professionals.

Taylor Made Mentoring – Taylormade Summer Program

Grades Served: 9 – 12, Alternative Education; Program Structure: In-Person Learning

Address: Hour House Boston, 612 Norfolk Street, Boston, MA 02126

Contact: Charles Taylor, charlesmentoracademy@gmail.com, 617-586-5964

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Taylor Made Mentoring’s goal for the students this summer is to guide and guard them through some of the hardest challenges they may face in our communities while they are in pursuit of their happiness. Taylor Made will use identity leadership to help students define themselves in their community, where more often we are defined as a whole, rather than individually. Students will also learn leadership skills, character development traits, college readiness workshops, community unity through volunteer activities and building self esteem. At Taylor Made Mentoring mentees will become familiar with my “Farming System” E.I.E.I.O in other words Entertain, Illustrate, Educate, Inspire, Outcomes in real time. We are a solution based program that highlights the problems and we create the solution. Mentees will have a chance to act out conflict solution skits and define who they are as an individual in a world that defines them. They will have a chance to travel to Ferguson, Missouri to witness the place where the “Black lives matter” movement was spearheaded, where they will meet Michael Brown and other frontline responders.

UMass Boston – Urban Scholars Program

Grades Served: 9 – 12, Alternative Education; Program Structure: Remote Learning; Start/End Dates: 6/28/21 – 8/6/21

Contact: Parents can contact core staff via email or cell phone Jamie Morrison (Director), Jamie.morrison@umb.edu, 617-297-6961; Anthony Olivier (Assistant Director), Anthony.Olivier@umb.edu, 617-602-9237; Laura Abdelahad (College Access Coordinator), Laura.Abdelahad@umb.edu, 857-271-6310

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Growth Mindset; Self-Regulation

Our goal at Urban Scholars is to provide talented urban students from Boston with the academic skills and the preparation to achieve their full potential. Our overarching goal is to enable our students to assume positions of leadership and achievement in society. To this end, our academic program is governed by the following core goals: To a graduating Urban Scholar, critical thinking is a habit of mind that is both creative and analytical. A graduating Urban Scholar expresses his or her thinking effectively in both written and oral form. Competency, confidence, and resourcefulness in academic settings and beyond are hallmarks of every graduating Urban Scholar. A graduating Urban Scholar respects human dignity, accepts responsibility for her/his actions and exercises her/his rights and responsibilities as a citizen.

Boston University – Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math Science Summer Program

Grades Served: 10 – 12; Program Structure: Remote Learning

Contact: Student need to attend a target high school or live in a target neighborhood and be either first-generation college or meet income guidelines. Applications can be downloaded from www.bu.edu/ub or www.bu.edu/ubms or email at reggie@bu.edu

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy

This program focuses on academic enrichment in writing, literature, mathematics and lab science. Students will also participate in career and college planning. Once enrolled, students continue learning throughout high school both during the summer and academic year.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Project TEACH

Grades Served: 10; Program Structure: Remote Learning

Contact: Freshmen in one of four partner Boston Public Schools (Madison Park, CASH, EMK, or BLA) can reach out to their PIC counselor at their school who will have the program details for registration.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

They have the unique opportunity to join both a summer program as well as a internship. It is very educational but also split in half with a internship in a hospital department with a professional as a mentor.; Creating a public health project where they are to pick a public health issue in their very own community and come up with a solution. They also will have our social worker teach them about mental health. one science teacher and well as a public health teacher. They lso will get to work with med-science and have a lot of panels to meet professionals and ask them questions.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston – Ready to Work

Grades Served: 10 – 12; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning)

Address: TBD

Contact: Our Ready To Work program is a year round program and participants are identified at the beginning of the school year for a summer internship.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Participants in the Ready To Work program receive school year job readiness training, and are then placed in summer internships at local Boys & Girls Clubs and private industries as appropriate. The goal is to apply lessons learned during the school year and begin to build a career pathway through a summer internship.

Health Resources in Action – The LEAH Project 

Grades Served: 10 – 12, Alternative Education; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning); Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/6/21

Address: TBD

Contact: Visit their website; Or contact Candyce Baxter, cbaxter@hria.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Communication; Teamwork

The Leaders through Education, Action and Hope (LEAH) Project. The LEAH Project is a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), college access, and career readiness program for Boston area youth typically underrepresented in STEM fields (low-income youth, youth of color, first generation college youth) with the vision of increasing representation of Black and Latinx individuals in STEM professions. The LEAH Project aims to diversify the STEM workforce by engaging youth of color in dynamic STEM, college readiness, and workforce development programming that empowers them to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM fields. This summer at the LEAH Project, youth will have workshops on robotics, college readiness (by grade level), career readiness with a mock interview event, social justice, and social and emotional wellness.

Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts – Student Trainer Program

Grades Served: 10 – 12, Alternative Education; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote & In-Person)

Address: Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts, 527 Columbia Road, Boston, MA 02125

Contact: Email Jasmine Clark at jasmine@levelgroundmma.org, CC Jacobo Apito (jacobo@levelgroundmma.org and Alexandra Fuller (ali@levelgroundmma.org)

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

The Student Trainer program provides employment opportunities for young people for one year or more. This model ensures that young people have the necessary time to fully learn/apply their new skill sets, and provides a predictable stream of income over a longer time period. Furthermore, Level Ground provides youth with opportunities to earn permanent employment with Level Ground or a partner once the program concludes so that our young people continue to work and develop professional skills. Youth select a specialization, which grants them increased ownership over their experience at Level Ground. They focus on building a skill set that they are passionate about and is relevant to their future career interests. The experience Fitness Professional youth gain with the program provides an opportunity for future career advancement by earning a nationally-recognized personal training certification by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. We have selected the NASM certification as it is ranked as the lead personal training certification choice by health clubs nationwide thereby increasing future employment prospects (MarketLab). Youth on the Gym Management track garner a broad professional skill set in administration, management, operations, and client management, which they can apply to any industry that they work for in the future. Staff supports youth through individualized coaching that includes developing a Success Map for each youth that documents their future goals related to 1) Academics, 2) Career, and 3) Personal Development, including healthy living goals. Staff support youth in defining these goals, and help them create appropriate short-term benchmarks. Youth and staff meet 1:1 on a bi-weekly basis to review their goals, discuss challenges, and identify opportunities for growth/additional supports. Level Ground takes a hybrid approach to holistically meet the needs of our youth. As a result, youth do not have to choose between maintaining employment and devoting time to succeeding academically.

Northeastern University – Bob Case Academy Bridge to Calculus

Grades Served: 10 – 12; Program Structure: Remote Learning; Start/End Dates: 6/28/21 – 8/6/21

Contact: Parents can contact us through the BPS teachers, the students themselves, though the website or through the director, Raj @ r.jesudason@northeastern.edu.

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

At the end of this program, students will learn to have more agency in their learning, greater control and knowledge of their path to college, an action plan of how they can give back to their community by empowering themselves, learn the prerequisite mathematics needed for their next year math course, enrich their current knowledge in mathematics, see how math applies to everyday life as well as extraordinary events, develop relationships with teachers and peer from different schools in the BPS district, develop relationships with like minded students. Explore optional activities in debate, coding, data science and art.

Sociedad Latina – Escalera

Grades Served: 10, 11; Program Structure: Hybrid (Remote and In-Person Learning); Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/6/21

Address: TBD

Contact: For more info, please visit their website or contact Juan Maldonado: juan@sociedadlatina.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Communication

Sociedad Latina’s Escalera: Steps to Success summer program guides 25 English Learners and immigrant students through critical steps to prepare for college and careers. Over the course of 6 weeks, youth participate in individualized research projects designed to explore educational options in the United States while participating in paid internships and visiting regional colleges. Sociedad Latina stands apart as an organization that prioritizes holistic, culturally-relevant, and linguistically-responsive programming, with targeted strategies and services that support English Learners and youth with varying English Language Development (ELD) levels in building their English language acquisition.

UMass Boston – Upward Bound

Grades Served: 10 – 12; Program Structure: Remote Learning; Start/End Dates: 6/28/21 – 8/6/21

Contact: Application. Assistant Director/Program Recruiter: Janay Graham; janay.graham@umb.edu; Director: Suamy Ventura; suamy.ventura@umb.edu

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Perseverance; Creativity; Social Awareness & Relationships; Communication; Teamwork; Growth Mindset; Self-Efficacy; Self-Regulation

Students receive academic support in their core classes through supplemental instructions. Students will also engage in SEL through workshops and activities facilitated by the program. Our main goal is to ensure that our students are prepared for the next academic year and continue to build on the skills to be successful beyond school.

Health Resources in Action – LEAH Knox Scholars

Grades Served: 11, 12; Program Structure: Remote Learning; Start/End Dates: 7/6/21 – 8/6/21

Contact: Brandon Morgan, bmorgan@hria.org

Skill Development: Critical Thinking; Communication; Teamwork

The LEAH Knox Scholars Biomedical Research program (LKS) which offers biomedical research internships to participating youth. These internships are designed to provide youth with hands-on science education opportunities that help them build confidence and excitement about future scientific careers. In partnership with MIT, the lab course includes: a biology review; safe and ethical research overview; and, basic molecular biology techniques, such as DNA purification and DNA sequence analysis. The youth will also participate in grade-specific college readiness and career readiness workshops.

See who makes up our 2021 Boston Summer Learning Community as of 5/10/21 here.

Contact

If you have questions regarding any of the programs below, please reach out to that program’s contact person first. If there is no contact listed, please reach out to Wil Cardwell (wcardwell@bostonbeyond.org) and Ellie Forrester (eforrester@bostonbeyond.org).

Please contact Wil Cardwell (wcardwell@bostonbeyond.org) and Ellie Forrester (eforrester@bostonbeyond.org) if you represent a program that would like to join Boston Beyond’s network, or if you have any questions about this page.

Please contact Alex Warren (awarren@bostonbeyond.org) and Dangardy Leriche (dleriche@bostonbeyond.org) if you would like to make edits to your program’s information.

*Indicates a 5th Quarter of Summer Learning program. 5th Quarter programs are prioritized for Boston Public Schools students.