In order to develop the skills necessary to navigate the challenges of school, college, and careers, young people need to experience opportunities for meaningful and authentic choice and autonomy. Summer programs can help support this process by allowing young people to suggest their own ideas for new activities and to choose how they spend time during the program.
Case Study: Project TEACH (9th through 12th grade)
The program works with 25 high school students from Boston Public Schools to provide academic enrichment and workforce development opportunities and enrichment.
Case Study: MathPower (6th through 10th grade)
MathPOWER is summer learning program that provides classes based on the material students will learn the next academic year.
Case Study: Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention (6th, 7th, and 8th grade)
The Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention (AIP)’s Summer Spot program at the Frederick Pilot Middle School uses field trips, peer leadership, mentorship by high schoolers, and academic enrichment activities, as well as psychosocial or social-emotional supports, to provide opportunities to develop new skills and meet new friends.