Summer 2021

The Summer 2021 page includes learning and enrichment plans from programs in Boston Beyond’s network.

Programs in this list are organized by youngest grade level served, with full grade range served noted in the title and description. Please contact Wil Cardwell (wcardwell@bostonbeyond.org) and Ellie Forrester (eforrester@bostonbeyond.org) for more information or any questions about this page.

If you represent a program that would like to join Boston Beyond’s network, please contact Wil Cardwell (wcardwell@bostonbeyond.org) and Ellie Forrester (eforrester@bostonbeyond.org).

Shaw Elementary School – New Program

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.

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.

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.

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.

Piers Park Sailing Center РHarbor 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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

Boxing Power and Fitness

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.