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January 1st, 2021

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Time to Plan Your Summer!

Summer is a great time to learn new skills, further develop one of your interests or gain work experience. Even though many programs have gone virtual or will have some modifications, there are plenty of opportunities to explore. It is not too early to start researching now. Here are a few ideas to get you started. (For more on summer program deadlines as well as summer jobs and internships, check out our previous post here.)

  1. Now is the time to start researching which summer plans will work best for you.

    Develop Your Creative Abilities. Grub Street in Boston offers a three-week summer fellowship where students work with established authors. They are hoping to offer the program in person this summer though students should check back for updates. Emerson College Pre-college online programs include acting, filmmaking, stage design, writing, journalism and more. Northwestern University’s Cherubs summer programs immerse students in theatre arts or film and video.

  2. Participate in Service. Are you a Greater Boston area teen interested in hunger relief and sustainable agriculture? Then consider applying for a position with the Food Project, which is still accepting individual volunteers, or students can sign up to receive updates on future group opportunities. For those interested in social justice and food insecurity, especially during the pandemic, consider contacting your local food bank or organizing a food drive. Students concerned about Climate Change can join the Sunrise Movement in their community.
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    Consider taking an online class this summer.

  3. Learn a language and immerse yourself in a new cultural experience. Aspire offers both in-person travel experiences and virtual language learning classes and online programs. Consider also finding community education opportunities at centers in your area. For example, Brookline Adult and Community Education and Newton Community Education offer foreign language classes among many other interesting subjects.
  4. Science And Technology Opportunities. The Boston University Rise Program offers science research opportunities for high school students. BU also offers additional academic immersion programs in a range of subjects.  The DigiPen WANIC Programs are available online for students to take advanced courses in computer science, video game design, and more. Students have the opportunity to earn AP or college credit. Sites such as Coursera or edX also offer free courses on a wide range of STEM topics.

These are just a few examples of summer opportunities. There are hundreds of programs for a wide range of interests from debate and math, to art and music, and more. Contact us today at and start planning your summer.

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