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Summer may be a time for relaxation and fun, but it’s also an important time for preparing for the coming school year. Boston After School & Beyond sites that an estimated two-thirds of the achievement gap between low-income and higher-income students can stem from inequitable access to summer learning opportunities. You can learn more about the importance of summer learning in our Q&A with Boston After School & Beyond.

While many summer programs are already underway, various programs and camps are still accepting applications. We’ve highlighted a few of those programs - including summer learning initiatives led by Boston Centers for Youth & Family (BCYF), the Highland Street Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of Boston, and various community organizations - below.

 

BCYF Summer Programs

Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) offers many neighborhood-based and city-wide summer day camps and programs that “keep children’s minds and bodies active over the summer months so they are prepared for the return to school in the fall.” The BCYF Summer Guide 2019 offers an overview of summer program and activity opportunities across the city and in specific neighborhoods including day camps, neighborhood block parties, free daily activities, swimming lessons, fitness classes, computer instruction and more. BCYF centers are accessible to all and most programming is low cost or no cost.

Highland Street Foundation

The Highland Street Foundation offers ongoing programs and events for families, including Free Fun Fridays, which offer visitors “no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts.” Click here to learn more.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston

The Boys & Girls Club of Boston offers full-day camps for children ages 6-12 that help to prevent summer learning loss through a “diverse roster of activities,” like arts and crafts, science and technology projects, sports, field trips, and more. Learn more and register by contacting your local Club.

Boston Public Schools Summer Stuff 2019 Guide

The BPS Summer Stuff 2019 Guide lists various school- and community-based programs offered to different student age groups across the city. Some of these are still accepting applications. A few of these programs include:

  • Sociedad Latina (Academy for Latinos Achieving Success and STEAM Team): Socided Latina offers free programs for English learners in Grades 8-11 (Academy for Latinos Achieving Success) and Grades 5-7 (STEAM Team). Academy for Latinos Achieving Success provides “college access and success support to English learners in Boston Public Schools.” The STEAM Team (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) is an “enrichment and academic support program for middle school English Learners.” Details are below:

    • Location: 1530 Tremont Street, Boston

    • Dates: July 8 - August 15

    • Hours: 7:00 am-6:00 pm | 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    • Cost: Free

    • Contact: Juan Maldonado, 617-442-4299, juan@sociedadlatina.org

  • Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center Summer Learning: Summer Learning at Sportsmen's is a “free five-week academic and enrichment program” for BPS students in Grades 2-4 to “help stem summer learning loss. Summer Learning offers a balance of academic support and enrichment that includes science, fitness and fields trips.” Details are below:

    • Location: 950 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester

    • Dates: July 8 - August 9

    • Hours: 9:00-3:30

    • Cost: Free

    • Contact: Thuan Nguyen, 617-288-9092, Tnguyen@sportsmenstennis.org

  • Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center Summer Connections: Thompson Island Outward Bound offers a “five-week daily summer learning program on Thompson Island that blends academics and Academic Support & Enrichment Activities” for students in Grades 5-6 at King, Henderson (Upper Campus), Roosevelt, McKay, Umana Academy, Dearborn STEM Academy, Orchard Gardens, Young Achievers, Frederick, and Trotter. Registration deadline is the end of June. Details are below:

    • Location: 5-11 Dry Dock Ave, Boston and Thompson Island

    • Dates: July 8 - August 9

    • Hours: 8:30-4:30

    • Cost: Free

    • Contact: Gemma Falivene, 617-830-5111, gfalivene@thompsonisland.org (Any student, not in one of the schools above, interested in applying should contact Shalese Ford at 617- 830-5131 or email at sford@thompsonisland.org)

  • Imajine That Summer Academy: The Imajine That Summer Academy, offers a program to students in Grades K0-5 that has an “interactive, educational curriculum that encompasses STEM, literacy, nutrition, sports, leadership, gross motor skills, and specialized activities.” Details are below:

    • Dates: June 24 - August 9

    • Hours: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

    • Cost: Varies

    • Contact: Jessica Brenes, 781-929-2858, jessica@imajinethat.com

  • Maverick Landing Community Services (MLCS) - Maverick Makers: Maverick Landing offers Youth STEAM programs to children ages 7-12 that “build skills and generate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Design, and Math careers while providing support services to families.” Details are below:

    • Location: East Boston

    • Dates: July - August

    • Hours: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

    • Cost: Free to Maverick Landing residents

    • Contact: Johanna Jehring, 617-569-5240, johanna@mavericklanding.org  

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