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Compiled by the Agenda for Children Middle School Network and Elementary Out-of-School Time Network

www.agendaforchildrenost.org

About this guide

After school opportunities and programs for Elementary (JK-5) and Middle Schoolers (6-8) happen all over the city – on School campuses, at City Youth Centers, community centers, local non-profits, businesses and more. This guide brings all of these opportunities together in one place. The After School Quick Guide on the next few pages provides an overview of the programs that will meet your young person’s specific needs. 

What is the MSN and ESON?

The Elementary School Out-of-School Time Network (ESON) and Middle School Network (MSN) is coordinated by the Cambridge Agenda for Children Out-of-School Time (OST), a citywide intermediary working with Cambridge Public Schools as well as many other city-run and community-based programs serving young people beyond the school day and year. The Agenda for Children OST’s mission is to increase equity, access and innovation and sustain the highest quality OST opportunities and experiences for all children, youth and families. For more on the Agenda for Children’s projects and initiatives visit agendaforchildrenost.org.

Who can I contact to help me talk through options?

If you would like someone to talk through your options, please let us know. One great option is to complete the Afterschool Search Help Form. We can help sort through the information you see here and choose which options may work for you and your family. We can also mail a paper copy of this Resource Guide to your home address. If you need interpretation or problem-solving in your native language, please contact us!

Annie Leavitt, Middle School Network Coordinator

Cambridge Public Schools & Agenda for Children OST

617-349-6018, aleavitt@cpsd.us

For 1:1 support getting your child connected to a program:

Tyrique Kittrell, Youth Connector

Cambridge Public Schools & Agenda for Children OST

617-299-1761, tkittrell@cpsd.us

More information about CPS School Bus Transportation to After School Programs can be found on the back cover of this resource guide.

Additional Resources

Would you like to view additional resources to help you discover the right after school program for your JK-8th grader? Check out our grade-specific slideshows; one for JK-5th graders and the other for 6th-8th graders.

Resource Guide Key

Use the key below to help you understand the information in the After School Program Quick Guide.

Grades/Ages Served

Yes

No

Grades served by this program are highlighted in green. Grades not included are in the white box.

Example 1

JK-5

6-8

In this example, this after school program would serve students in JK-5th grade (green), but not 6th-8th grade (white).

Example 2

JK

K-5

6-8

In this example, this after school program would serve students in K-5th grade (green), but not JK (white) or 6th-8th grade (white).

Cost

No Cost

No cost for participating in program

$

Low cost or affordable because cost is adjusted by income

$$

Higher cost, no scholarships available

$$*

Higher cost but with *scholarships* readily available

$$$*

Expensive but with *scholarships* readily available

Earn $

Program pays young person

When

School Year

Program operates on school year calendar. Families/young people usually sign up in the fall and stay part of the program through the end of the school year (until June). Some programs (DHSP) require earlier registration (in the previous spring) to enroll for school year

Ongoing

Families/young people can sign up at any time; program can be started at many points across the year or operates on a drop-in basis

Fall

Program only runs in the fall; sign up happens in fall

Spring

Program only runs in the spring; sign up happens in winter/spring

Fall, Winter, Spring

Program runs in multiple seasons. Sign up for programs in each season separately

Use the following letters to identify program age groups

E

Program serves elementary school aged students (JK-5th Grade)

M

Program serves middle school aged students (6th-8th Grade)

H

Program serves high school aged student (9th-12th Grade)

After School Program Quick Guide

This After School Program Quick Guide provides a glance at the after school programs available for your JK-8th grader. In this quick guide you will see the program name, grade levels, schedule and cost for the programs. To view more information about the programs including activities, location, times, transportation, and contact information, visit the page number provided in the right column.

PROGRAM

GRADES

SCHEDULE

WHEN

COST

Everyday After School Programs (5 Days/week)

Community Centers

Cambridge Auxiliary Program (CAP) at Camb. Montessori

JK-6

7-8

M-F

School Year

$$

Cambridge Community Center After School Program

JK-8

 

M-F

School Year

$

Community Art Center School Age Program (SACC)

JK-6

7-8

M-F

School Year

$

Dragonfly After School Program (serving Graham & Parks)

JK-4

5-8

M-F

School Year

$$

East End House After School

JK-8

M-F

School Year

$

Maria L. Baldwin Community Center

JK-8

M-F

School Year

$$*

PBHA’s Cambridge Afterschool Program (C.A.S.P)

JK-2

3-8

M-Th

School Year

No cost

The BEE Program @ The Banneker

JK-7

8

M-F

School Year

$$*

YMCA After School Program

K-7

8

M-F

School Year

$$*

DHSP (Department of Human Service) JK-5th Grade Childcare Programs

Fletcher Maynard Academy After School

JK-5

6-8

M-F

School Year

$

King Open Extended Day After School (serving King Open)

JK-5

6-8

M-F

School Year

$

M.L King After School

JK-5

6-8

M-F

School Year

$

Morse After School

JK-5

6-8

M-F

School Year

$

Peabody After School

JK-5

6-8

M-F

School Year

$

DHSP Community Schools

Amigos Community School

JK-5

6-8

M-F

School Year

$

Cambridgeport Community School

JK-5

6-8

M-F

School Year

$

Fletcher Maynard Academy Community School

JK-5

6-8

M-F

School Year

$

Haggerty Community School

JK-5

6-8

M-Th

School Year

$

Kennedy Longfellow Community School

JK-5

6-8

M-F

School Year

$

Martin Luther King Community School

JK-5

6-8

M-F

School Year

$

Morse Community School

JK-5

6-8

M-F

School Year

$

Peabody Community  School

JK-5

6-8

M-F

School Year

$

Tobin Community School

JK-5

6-8

M-F

School Year

$

DHSP CYP Pre-Teen & Middle School Programs

Frisoli Youth Center

JK-3

4-8

M-F

School Year

4&5th: $

6-8th: No cost

Gately Youth Center

JK-3

4-8

M-F

School Year

4&5th: $

6-8th: No cost

Moore Youth Center

JK-3

4-8

M-F

School Year

4&5th: $

6-8th: No cost

Russell Youth Center

JK-3

4-8

M-F

School Year

4&5th: $

6-8th: No cost

After school Programs (3-5 Days/week)

Programs located at CPS Upper Schools

Bio-Coding Club (collaboration with Broad Institute)

JK-5

6-8

T, W, Th

Fall or Spring

No cost

Cambridge School Volunteers: Learning Centers

JK-5

6-8

TBD

School Year

No cost

Clubs at CSUS, VLUS, PAUS, RAUC and Amigos

JK-5

6-8

T,W,Th

Fall, Winter, Spring

No cost

East End House Middle School Program at PAUS

JK-5

6-8

M-F

School Year

No cost

Intramural Sports at CPS Upper Schools

JK-5

6-8

T-Th

Fall, Winter, Spring

No cost

Tutoring Plus

JK-5

6-8

M-Th

School Year

No cost

The Work Force @ CSUS

JK-5

6-7

8

M-F

School Year

Earn $

Speciality Opportunities (1-2 days/week)

Academic Support and Enrichment

Breakthrough Greater Boston

JK-5

6-8

TBD

Apply in Fall

No cost

Cambridge Math Circle

JK-K

1-8

T,Th,Sat

Ongoing

$

Club Z Tutoring

JK-8

M-Sun

Ongoing

$$

Junior Coach Tutoring

JK-8

M-F

Ongoing

No cost

MathTalk Play Sessions

JK-3

4-8

M-F

Ongoing

No cost

Tutoring Plus

JK-8

M-Th

School Year

No cost

Inclusive & Special Needs

DHSP Inclusion Initiative

JK-8

M-F

Ongoing

No cost

Partners for Youth with Disabilities: One-to-One Mentoring

JK

K-5

6-8

M-Sun

Ongoing

No cost

The Cambridge Program

JK-2

3-8

Sat

Ongoing

$

Leadership & Work Experience

Bridging the Gap

JK-5

6-8

M-Th

Ongoing

No cost

CitySprouts Young Leaders Program

JK-5

6-8

T

School Year

No cost

Teacher-In-Training (TNT) Program

JK-5

6-8

F

School Year

Earn $

Teen Programs at Community Arts Center (CAC) 

JK-6

7-8

M-F

School Year

Earn $

The Work Force (High School Program: 4 locations)

JK-7

8

F

School Year

Earn $

YWCA Cambridge GOLD and GEY Programs  

JK-6

7-8

T, W, Th

School Year

No cost

Performing Arts (Visual Arts, Dance, Music, Theater) (1-2 days/week)

All Hands Allston After School Program

JK-6

7-8

M-Th

Ongoing

$$*

Cambridge Children’s Chorus

JK-8

M, T, Th

School Year

$$*

CityStep

JK-4

5-7

8

M-F

School Year

No cost

Dance Complex

JK

K-8

M-Sun

Ongoing

$$

Longfellow Neighborhood Council Music & Arts

JK

K-8

M, T, Th, F

Ongoing

$

MassArt Saturday Studios

JK-2

3-8

Sat

Fall, Spring

$$*

Middle School Arts After School at Maud Morgan

JK-5

6-8

M,W

Fall, Winter, Spring

$$*

New School of Music

JK-2

3-8

M-Sun

Fall, Spring

$$*

Piano Lessons

JK

K-8

M-Sun

Ongoing

$$*

Soca Sundays

JK-8

Sun

Fall

No cost

Young Dancers Program: José Mateo Ballet Theatre

JK-8

M-Sat

School Year

$$

Youth Underground Theater Ensemble

JK-6

7-8

Sun

School Year

Earn $

Sports, Athletics, and Outdoors (1-2 days/week)

Boston Bouldering Project: School of Rocks, School of Pebbles, and Adventure Days

JK

K-8

M-Sat

Ongoing

$$*

BSA Troop & Crew 56

JK-5

6-8

T

Ongoing

$

Cambridge Athletic Youth Basketball

JK-K

1-7

8

T,W,Sat

Fall

$

Cambridge Baseball: Fall Ball & Spring Leagues

JK-K

1-6

7-8

TBD

Fall & Spring

$

Cambridge Basketball Lab

JK-5

6-8

TBD

TBD

No cost

Cambridge Camping Association: Fall Saturday Camp

JK-K

1-8

Sat

Fall

$

Cambridge Family Microsoccer

JK-K

1-8

Sun

Fall, Spring

$

Cambridge Girls Softball: Fall Ball & Spring

JK-4

5-8

Sun

Fall & Spring

No cost

Cambridge Jets Youth Track Club

JK

K-8

M,W

Fall, Winter, Spring

$

Cambridge Pride Basketball

JK-5

6-8

TBD

Winter

$

Cambridge Youth Boxing Program

JK-5

6-8

M,W

Ongoing

No cost

Cambridge Youth Cheerleading: Hosted by Eva Athletics

JK

K-8

T,W

Fall

$

Cambridge Youth Flag Football

JK-8

Varies

Fall, Spring

$

Cambridge Youth Lacrosse

JK

K-8

Sun

Fall

No cost

Cambridge Youth Soccer

JK-8

M-Sun

Fall & Spring

$

Cub Scout Pack 56

JK

K-5

6-8

T

Fall, Winter, Spring

$

Girls on the Run

JK–2

3-5

6-8

T/Th

Ongoing

$

Girl Scouts

JK

K-8

Varies

Ongoing

$

New England Base Camp Open Program

JK

K-8

S

Fall & Spring

$

Olympia Fencing

JK-K

1-8

T, Th, Sat

Ongoing

$$*

Parkour Generations

JK

K-8

M, Th, Sat, Sun

Ongoing

$$*

Recreation and Swimming at War Memorial

JK

K-8

M-Sun

Ongoing

$$*

Tae Kwon Do Cambridge

JK-8

M-Sat

Ongoing

$$$

Youth Recreational Rowing

JK-6

7-8

M-Th, Sat, Sun

Fall

$$*

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)

AI Trailblazers: Shaping AI’s Impact

JK-6

7-8

M

Spring

No cost

Boston Tech Initiative

JK-2

3-8

M-Th

Ongoing

$$$*

BUILD After School STEM at EmPOW Studios

JK-1

2-8

Varies

Fall, Winter, Spring

$$*

gbSTEM

JK

K-8

Varies

Fall

No cost

MIT CodeIT

JK-5

6-8

 Sun

Fall & Spring

No cost

MITES Saturdays

JK-6

7-8

Sat

Fall

No cost

Science Club for Girls

JK

K-8

M, T, Th, F, Sat

Fall

No cost

SHINE at MIT

JK-4

5-8

Th

Fall

No cost

The HIVE @ Cambridge Public Library

JK-5

6-8

T-Sat

Ongoing

No cost

Spring Preview

Beyond the 4th Wall Middle School Musical

JK-2

3-8

TBD

Spring

$

Cambridge Girls Softball

JK-2

3-8

TBD

Spring

TBD

Cambridge Baseball Leagues

JK

K-7

8

TBD

Spring

TBD

MIT Spring HSSP & MIT Spark

JK-6

7-8

Sat,Sun

Spring

$

Neighborhood Service Project

JK-7

8

M-F

Spring

Earn $

Everyday After School Programs    

 Cambridge Auxiliary Program (CAP) at Cambridge Montessori

EM

The Passport program at CMS encompasses all auxiliary programs that occur outside of the academic day. Our program provides opportunities which introduce children to unique experiences in creative arts, music, sports, STEAM, and more.

Location:

161 Garden St., Cambridge (3-6 years old)

129 Shermans St., Cambridge (1st-6th grade)

Dates/Times:

Monday-Friday, 3-6pm

Primary Program Activities:

Sports, art activities, cooking projects, music instruction

Grades/Ages Served:

JK-6th grade, ages 3-11 (CPS students only)

To Enroll:

Register online: passportcap.campbrainregistration.com

Register by:

Registration opens Aug. 16th. Spaces fill quickly, usually within first 2 weeks

Cost:

$5850 per year, no financial assistance or scholarships are available

Transportation:

CPS students who are bus eligible can take bus from school to program

For More Information:

Contact Allison Lynch, alynch@cambridgemontessori.org, passport@cambridgemontessori.org. Visit website: cambridgemontessori.org/passport-extended-programs        

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Cambridge Community Center (CCC) After School Program

EM

Long standing community center dedicated to family engagement, positive behavior guidance, and innovation to support the social emotional development of every child. CCC offers homework help, STEAM Activities, Karate, Cooking, Sports, and more! Snacks are included in tuition. During vacation breaks, breakfast, lunch and snacks are also served.

Location:

5 Callender St., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Fall: Sept. 5th, 2023-Spring: Jun. 21st, 2024, Monday-Friday, 2-6pm

(Vacation Week: 7:30am-5:30pm)

Primary Program Activities:

Sports, Cooking, Dance Classes, Science Club, Karate, Girls & Boys Group for Young People

Grades/Ages Served:

JK-8th grade, ages 4.5-12

To Enroll:

Register online: cambridgecc.org/enrollment.html. Please Contact Latifah James for enrollment and she will walk you through tuition/enrollment. Then you will meet with Rachel Kinch and be introduced to all OST staff and children

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

After School: $125/week or $40/day. Vacation: $225/week or $50/day

Financial Aid:

Accepts vouchers and scholarships/sliding scale are available. Please Email Latifah James and she will follow-up with questions

Transportation:

You can arrange to take the CPS school bus to the program. There is no transportation provided from the program to home.

For More Information:

Contact Latifah James, 857-357-3319, latifahjames@cambridgecc.org Visit website: cambridgecc.org

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Community Art Center School Aged Child Care (SACC)

EM

After school program includes classes that cover disciplines including the visual arts, dance, theater and media arts. All students participate in sequential, semester-long focus classes and present their work four times each year including at outdoor summer events, Arts Interactive, and our final spring show.

Location:

119 Windsor St., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Monday-Friday, 2-6pm

(School vacation schedule: M-F, 8am-6pm) 

Register by:

No deadline

School Aged Child Care

Primary Program Activities:

Youth receive hands-on arts curriculum and learn from multiple disciplines in visual art, theatre, media arts and dance

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 5-12

To Enroll:

Contact Jada Allyne jada@cammunityartscenter.org 

Cost:

Sliding scale 

Financial Aid

Financial assistance may be granted to families for EEC/State programs through mass.gov or by calling 211 to put name on waitlist

Transportation:

You can arrange to take the CPS school bus to the program.

There is no transportation provided from the program to home

For More Information:

Contact Jada Allyne, 617-868-7100x125 or jada@cammunityartscenter.org

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Teen Programs:

Teen Public Art Program

Dates/Times:

Exact dates TBD: Oct.-May, Tuesday, Thursday, 4-6pm

Primary Program Activities:

Creating public art projects for local corporations and institutions using digital print, spray paint, and traditional paint. Collaborating with local artists on projects. Technique building in studio classroom between projects

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 13-19

To Enroll:

Register online: bit.ly/45leE9Y

For More Information:

Contact Jack O'Hearn, jack@communityartcenter.org or 617-868-7100x117. Visit website: communityartcenter.org/teen-public-art-program

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Teen Media Program

Dates/Times:

Exact dates TBD: Oct.-May, Monday, Wednesday, 4-6pm

Primary Program Activities:

Film documentaries, Short form videos, and other media mediums

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 13-19

To Enroll:

Register online: bit.ly/45leE9Y

For More Information:

Contact Lionel Blaise, Jr., lionel@communityartcenter.org or 617-868-7100x119. Visit website: communityartcenter.org/teen-media-program

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Dragonfly After School Program (serving Graham & Parks students)

E

Dragonfly offers engaging, developmentally appropriate experiences for children age 5 through 4th grade who attend the Graham and Parks School. Dragonfly is a play based after school program that promotes social growth, learning, discovery, appropriate physical activity, and a sense of community.

Location:

Graham and Parks School, 44 Linnaean St., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Monday-Friday: 2:25pm-5:45pm, Sept. 5-Jun. 20 (or last full day of school)

Primary Program Activities:

Ample time for free play, art activities, science activities, outside time

Grades/Ages Served:

JK-4th grade (students must attend Graham and Parks School)

To Enroll:

Visit dragonflyafterschool.org

Currently enrolled families and their siblings have first priority when it comes to enrollment. Any open spots are then offered to families who are on a current wait list

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

$485/month, scholarships available, vouchers accepted. Requests for financial assistance should be sent in writing via email to Jodi Rich (below)

For More Information:

Contact Executive Director, Jodi Rich, 617-547-1116 or jodisrich@gmail.com

Visit website: dragonflyafterschool.org

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East End House

EM

Classes are designed to build academic confidence and complement what children learn in school. Students have the choice of daily enrichment activities that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), with arts and character development elements woven into all curriculum. Staff plan classes based on student interest and connect their lessons to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. All youth also receive homework help.

Primary Program Activities:

Homework help, outdoor play, STEM activities, arts & crafts, field trips

To Enroll:

Email to see if space is available and learn more about the program

Register by:

No deadline

Transportation:

You can arrange to take the CPS school bus to the program.

There is no transportation provided from the program to home

JK-5th Graders

Location:

105 Spring St., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Monday-Friday, 2-6pm (vacation schedule: M-F, 7:30am-5:30pm)

Sept. 7th-Jun. 14th

Grades/Ages Served:

JK-5th grade, 5-11 yrs old

Cost:

$40/day, $200/week for afterschool; $50/day, $250/week for full-day/vacation weeks, scholarships/vouchers available

For More Information:

Contact Jessica Camenzuli, 617-876-4444, jessica@eastendhouse.org

Visit website: eastendhouse.org/programs-and-services/school-age-program

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Middle School Program: 6th-8th (See above for program activities and registration info)

Location:

Putnam Ave Upper School, 100 Putnam Ave.

Dates/Times:

Monday-Friday, 3-6pm

Grades/Ages Served:

6th-8th grade. Also see this program listed in the programs at Upper Schools section.

Cost:

No cost

For More Information:

Contact Marsé Romero, 857-292-4185, marse@eastendhouse.org 

Visit website: eastendhouse.org/programs-and-services/middle-school-program

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Maria L. Baldwin Community Center                                                                                                         

EM

This program is committed to providing a high-quality experience for youth from Cambridge and local communities. They value creativity, culture, and community, and the curriculum is designed to encourage expression and exploration.

Dates/Times:

Starts Sept. 6th or Sept. 7th, Monday-Friday (can choose 1, 2 or every day) 2-5:45pm

To Enroll:

Visit website: agassiz.org/childrens-programs/afterschool-program

Create an account in online enrollment system, find program you want to enroll and register/add to waitlist, and select days you want your child to attend program

Register by:

Begins late July

Cost:

Cost depends on # of days per week child is enrolled in programming. It is a monthly cost. Nonrefundable deposit is due upon enrollment and is applied to June 2024 tuition. Tuition rates can be found online: agassiz.org/childrens-programs/for-families

Financial Aid:

Vouchers and scholarships available online: agassiz.org/childrens-programs/financial-aid

Scholarships typically cover 50-100% of tuition fees.

Transportation:

You can arrange to take the CPS school bus to the program. No transportation is provided from the program to home.

JK/K After School

Location:

Maria L. Baldwin Community Center, 20 Sacramento St., Cambridge

Primary Program Activities:

Arts and crafts, outdoor play, group games

Grades/Ages Served:

JK-Kindergarten, ages 4-6

For More Information:

Contact Sadun Yapa, Registration Coordinator, 617-349-6287x19        syapa@agassiz.org

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1st-5th Afterschool

Location:

Baldwin School, 85 Oxford St., Cambridge

Primary Program Activities:

Sports, arts and crafts, homework help, outside play, group games

Grades/Ages Served:

1st-5th grade, ages 6-11

For More Information:

Contact Sadun Yapa, Registration Coordinator, 617-349-6287x19        syapa@agassiz.org

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1st-5th Arts Afterschool at Maud Morgan Arts

Location:

Maria L. Baldwin Community Center, 20 Sacramento St., Cambridge

Primary Program Activities:

Ceramics, painting, printmaking, visual arts

Grades/Ages Served:

1st-5th grade

For More Information:

Contact Sadun Yapa, Registration Coordinator, 617-349-6287x19        syapa@agassiz.org

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Middle School Arts at Maud Morgan Arts

Location:

Maria L. Baldwin Community Center, 20 Sacramento St., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Monday, Wednesday, 2-5:45 PM

Primary Program Activities:

Ceramics, printmaking, 3D and 2D art, community art project

Grades/Ages Served:

6th-8th grade, ages 11-14

Cost:

$257/month for 1 day/week or $366/month for 2 days a week. Families enrolling in Middle School Arts Program will be charged one-time materials fee, $275 per day of art.

For More Information:

Contact Sadun Yapa, Registration Coordinator, 617-349-6287x19        syapa@agassiz.org

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PBHA’s Cambridge Afterschool Program (C.A.S.P)  

EM

Phillips Brooks House Association provides affordable and accessible afterschool programming, primarily with immigrant families. CASP offers daily homework help and practice with fundamental reading and math skills, students at CASP engage in workshops designed to complement academic curriculum.

Location:

North Cambridge, 364 Rindge Ave. (Fresh Pond Apartments)

Dates/Times:

Usually Monday-Thursday, 3:30-5:30pm

Primary Program Activities:

Homework, fun workshops, reading and math skills, field trips on Saturdays

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 8-14

To Enroll:

Contact Glennys Acosta or Rosalinda Paul (below)

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

No cost

For More Information:

Contact glennys.acosta@schochet.com or rosalinda.paul@schochet.com (Residential Services Coordinators) or Bryan Zuluaga Bryan@pbha.org

Visit website: pbha.org/programs/cambridge-afterschool

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The BEE Program @ The Banneker

EM

The Banneker Extended Enrichment Program (BEE) is an academic reinforcement program, with an emphasis on learning through extra curricular enrichment. They encourage children to have creative play and activities to learn about themselves and the world around them. Students are to complete homework, build good study habits, and explore activities such as arts and crafts, languages, and subjects that may lead to lifelong interests and widen their world of possibilities. Students also learn basic conflict resolution and leadership skills. All students are encouraged to feel safe to be themselves as they learn to work within the community while in the program. The BEE is a family-style community where we all work together to support each individual child in their growth towards adolescence.

Location:

21 Notre Dame Ave., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Start Aug. 28th, 2023-Jun. 13th, 2024, Monday-Friday, 3-6pm

Primary Program Activities:

Homework, projects, games arts and crafts, physical movement

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 4.5-12 (Program is for BBCPS students only)

To Enroll:

Visit website to register: banneker.org/afterschool-new

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

$15 per day per child, payable at beginning of month (not a drop in program)

Financial Aid:

Vouchers accepted (Boston Child Care Choices or Child Care Circuit)

For More Information:

Contact Barbara Brothers, 617 497-7771 x224, bbrothers@banneker.org. Visit website: banneker.org

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YMCA After School Program

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At the YMCA After School Program, children have many opportunities to grow and discover new hobbies and interests. Children have access to a wide range of enrichment and educational activities including arts and crafts, swimming lessons, gym time, and other classroom activities.

Location:

Cambridgeport, 820 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Fall Session: Sept. 5th-Jun. 23rd (last day of school)

Summer sessions: Jul. 3rd- Aug. 25th        

Monday-Friday, 2-6pm

Primary Program Activities:

Arts and crafts, cooking, STEAM, swimming

Grades/Ages Served:

K-7th grade, ages 5-13

To Enroll:

Fill out online application: cambridgeymca.org/childcare/after-school

Register by:

Program fills up in September but people can still add their child to the waitlist if they would like.

Cost:

$675/months, vouchers accepted

Financial Aid:

Vouchers and limited financial assistance

Transportation:

You can arrange to take CPS school bus. No transportation provided home.

For More Information:

Contact Roxanne Campbell or Mike Reed, 617-661-9622 ext. 707        rcampbell@cambymca.org or mreed@cambymca.org

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DHSP Childcare After School Programs

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Childcare After School programs are designed to build children’s social skills and enhance their school-day learning. Children engage in developmentally appropriate project-based learning curriculum, both individually and in groups. All Childcare Afterschool programs are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Location:

Fletcher Maynard Academy School, 225 Windsor St., Cambridge

Martin Luther King, Jr School, 102 Putnam Ave., Cambridge

Morse School, 40 Granite St., Cambridge

Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Monday-Friday, 2-6pm

Primary Program Activities:

Homework assistance, project-based learning, arts and crafts and more

Grades/Ages Served:

JK-5th grade

To Enroll:

There is currently a waitlist for Childcare After School Programs

Register:

The deadline to apply to the 2023-2024 DHSP Afterschool Programs Lottery was May 26th.

Applications received after that date will automatically be added to the waiting pool.

Apply to DHSP Afterschool Programs Lottery: cambridgema.viewpointcloud.com/categories/1131/record-types/6853 

Cost:

Sliding scale cost

Transportation:

You can arrange to take the CPS school bus to the program. There is no transportation provided from the program to home

For More Information:

Contact Chandra Green, 617-349-6254 or dhsppreschools@cambridgema.gov

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DHSP C.Y.P./Pre-Teen & Middle School Programs

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Cambridge Youth Programs (CYP) offers year-round, high-quality programming for pre-teens, middle schoolers, and teens at five Youth Centers across Cambridge. CYP's purpose is to provide Cambridge youth and teens with a just, joyful and caring community where they forge healthy relationships, discover who they are, and develop new skills.

Location/Contacts:

Frisoli Youth Center: 617-349-7746

Gately Youth Center: 617-349-6277

Moore Youth Center: 617-349-6273  

Moses Youth Center: 617-349-6262

Russell Youth Center: 617-349-6314

Dates/Times:

Monday-Friday, 2-6pm (2,3, or 5 days/week)

Primary Program Activities:

Homework assistance, sports and movement, arts and media, youth leadership and more

Grades/Ages Served:

4th-8th grade

To Enroll:

Contact Program or 617-349-6200 or askdhsp@cambridgema.gov

Register by:

The deadline to apply to the 2023-2024 DHSP Afterschool Programs Lottery was May 26th. Applications received after that date will automatically be added to the waiting pool.

Apply to the DHSP Afterschool Programs Lottery: cambridgema.viewpointcloud.com/categories/1131/record-types/6853

Cost:

4th-5th grade: sliding scale based on income; 6th-8th grade: no cost

Transportation:

You can arrange to take the CPS school bus to the program.

There is NO transportation provided from the program to home.

For More Information:

Contact 617-349-6200 or askdhsp@cambridgema.gov

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DHSP King Open Extended Day (serving King Open students)

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The King Open Extended Day Program is designed to link school-day and afterschool experiences for children and families enrolled in King Open School. The after school program is completely integrated into King Open School to support children’s social and academic learning by providing a holistic school experience from the moment they enter King Open building to the time that they are picked up.

Location:

850 Cambridge St., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Monday-Friday, 2-6pm

Primary Program Activities:

Homework assistance, sports and movement, arts and crafts and more

Grades/Ages Served:

JK-5th grade

To Enroll:

Enrollment is done through a lottery system. King Open After School Manager works closely with King Open Family Liaison, King Open teachers, and King Open administration to support King Open students and families in accessing enrollment process and lottery.

Register by:

New enrollment lotteries are held in spring and summer for the upcoming school year. Ongoing enrollment is also done throughout the school year if spots become available.

Cost:

Sliding scale cost

Transportation:

There is no transportation provided from the program to home

For More Information:

Contact Bucky O’Hare, bohare@cambridgema.gov

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DHSP Community School Programs JK-5th Grade

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DHSP Community Schools After School Programs offer a range of educational and recreational activities in a safe environment where all are welcome. Activities are designed to develop children’s social and emotional growth and build healthy relationships.

All located in

Cambridge Public Schools:

Amigos, Cambridgeport, Fletcher-Maynard, Graham & Parks, Haggerty, Kennedy-Longfellow, MLK, Morse, Peabody & Tobin

Dates/Times:

Monday-Friday, 2-5:30pm or 6pm

Primary Program Activities:

Homework assistance, sports and movement, arts and crafts and more

Grades/Ages Served:

JK-5th grade

To Enroll:

There is currently a waitlist for Community School programs

Register by:

The deadline to apply to the 2023-2024 DHSP Afterschool Programs Lottery was May 26th.

Applications received after that date will automatically be added to the waiting pool.

Apply to the DHSP Afterschool Programs Lottery: cambridgema.viewpointcloud.com/categories/1131/record-types/6853

Cost:

Sliding scale

Transportation:

You can arrange to take the CPS school bus to the program.

There is no transportation provided from the program to home

For More Information:

Contact 617-349-6200 or askdhsp@cambridgema.gov

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After School Programs (3-5 Days/Week)

Bio-Coding Club with Broad Institute

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An after school program created in collaboration with teachers to teach students about both biology and coding, with mentors who are professional scientists from the Broad Institute.

Locations:

AMIGOS (fall), PAUS (spring), CSUS (TBD)

Dates/Times:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 3-4:15pm

Primary Program Activities:

Hands on bio activities, coding using SCRATCH, activities on DNA, the microbiome, infectious diseases and more

Grades/Ages Served:

6th-8th grade, ages 11-14

To Enroll:

Sign up through the PAUS or CSUS clubs process to be part of the club

Register by:

No deadline (fall clubs start in October, spring clubs in late Jan)

Cost:

No cost

Transportation:

Late bus is usually available to take students home, leaving school at 4:30pm. Sign up for late bus through school.

For More Information:

Contact Ashley Johnson, 617-714-8849 or ajohnson@broadinstitute.org. Visit website: broad.io/biocodingclub

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Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) Learning Centers

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CSV operates Learning Centers at each of the 4 CPS Upper Schools, matching students with mentors/tutors from the community to work on homework and connect once a week after school.

Location:

At each Upper School & Amigos School

Dates/Times:

One day a week (usually Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) 3-4:15pm Schedule set with each upper school, typically Oct.-Jun.

Primary Program Activities:

Homework help, organization, mentoring, social-emotional learning

Grades/Ages Served:

6th-8th graders in CPS Upper Schools referred by teachers

To Enroll:

Talk to your child’s teacher about referring them to their schools’ CSV learning center.

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

No cost

Transportation:

Students can take the late bus home (provided by CPS) at 4:30pm

For More Information:

Contact Learning Center Director Analía Ivanier, 617-349-6794 or aivanier@cpsd.us. Visit website at csvinc.org

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Clubs at CPS Upper Schools

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Clubs at Upper Schools are usually run by school staff and coordinated by school admin. Because they don’t start until October of each year, the options at each school are not available until mid-Sept and are communicated through schools’ family liaison or principal (via email or school newsletter).

Locations:

Cambridge St Upper School

Contact: CSUS Main Office, 617-349-3050

Putnam Ave Upper School

Clubs Contact: Nicole Doherty, ndoherty@cpsd.us

Rindge Ave Upper School

Clubs Contact: Teresa Sanchez, Assistant Principal, tsanchez@cpsd.us

Vassal Lane Upper School

Clubs Contact: Imani Riley, VLUS Clerk, iriley@cpsd.us, 617-349-6550


Amigos K-8

Clubs Contact: Mariel Santos Dugan, Guidance Counselor, msantos-dugan@cpsd.us 

Dates/Times:

Clubs start in early October. Clubs and Intramurals are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3-4:15pm

Primary Program Activities:

Club offerings vary at each school; they usually include some art, dance, student council, music or craft activities. See next page for Intramural Sports info (Basketball, Soccer, etc.). Club options are sent out via newsletters at each individual upper school.

Grades/Ages Served:

6th-8th grade

To Enroll:

Families will be sent sign-up information in the opening weeks of school and again in January for Session 2. Each school sends home options for Clubs and Intramurals separately - watch the school newsletter! Use the family portal to sign up for clubs:

Amigos

CSUS

PAUS

RAUC

VAUS

Register by:

Register in mid Sept. Clubs start in Oct.. The second session of Clubs and Intramurals starts in Jan.

Cost:

No cost

Transportation:

Schools provide a late bus (only T, W, Th) that leaves school at 4:30pm to take students home, as long as they are bus eligible. Late buses can also drop off at city-run/community youth centers that run programming later than 4:30pm.

For More Information:

See contact information above

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East End House Middle School Program at PAUS

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Middle school program located at Putnam Ave Upper School for 6-8th graders including homework assistance, youth designed programming, project based learning, art/science, cooking and  self care workshops. Also see this program listed with other East End House programs on pages 14-15.

Location:

Putnam Ave Upper School, 100 Putnam Ave., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Monday-Friday, 3:00pm-6:00pm. Program usually runs from Oct through the end of the school year.  

Primary Program Activities:

Homework help, student driven clubs, STEM, field trips, and sport activities 

Grades/Ages Served:

6th-8th grade

To Enroll:

Email to see if there is space and to learn more about the program

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

No cost

Transportation:

Late buses depart from PAUS after school clubs end at 4:30pm (only on T, W, Th). Students who are in the EEH program can sign up to take that late bus home but often miss a large amount of programming by leaving early.

For More Information:

Contact Marsé Romero, 857-292-4185, marse@eastendhouse.org. Visit website: eastendhouse.org/programs-and-services/middle-school-program

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Intramural Sports at CPS Upper Schools 

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The CPS Upper Schools all offer team sports that compete against each other in one end of season event, practicing once or twice a week for the season (usually a few months).

Location:

At each Upper School (including 6-8th graders at Amigos)

Dates/Times:

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursdays 3:00pm-4:30pm (late bus departs at 4:30pm). No sports on Monday or Friday afternoons.

Primary Program Activities:

  • Cross Country (starts late Sept)
  • Orienteering (starts late Sept)
  • Volleyball (starts Nov)
  • Basketball (starts Jan)
  • Wrestling (starts March)
  • Swimming (stats March)
  • Track and Field (starts April)
  • Soccer (starts April)

Grades/Ages Served:

6-8th graders can join, some teams have tryouts but experience not necessary

To Enroll:

Register through the Family Portal on CPS website:

Amigos

CSUS

PAUS

RAUC

VAUS

Register by:

The beginning of each sport/club quarter

Cost:

No cost

Transportation:

Students can take late bus home at 4:30pm

For More Information:

Contact Tom Arria, tarria@cpsd.us

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Tutoring Plus (multiple locations)

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Tutoring Plus provides weekly 1:1 tutoring and mentoring for students in elementary school, middle school and high school at different locations throughout Cambridge. Programs involve 1:1 time but also group social emotional games and activities.

Locations:

Fletcher Maynard Academy (225 Windsor St. Cambridge; Open to all Cambridge residents)

Elementary School: Monday/Wednesday, 5-7pm

Cambridge St Upper School (850 Cambridge St., Cambridge; Open to all Cambridge residents)

Middle School: Tuesday/Thursday, 5-7pm

Fresh Pond Apartments (362 Rindge Ave., Cambridge; Priority is given to building residents)

Elementary School: Tuesday, 5:30pm-7:15pm

Middle School: Monday/Wednesday, 5:30pm-7:15pm

Finch Apts (675 Concord Ave., Cambridge; Only open to building residents)

Elementary School & Middle School: Thursday, 5-7pm

Rindge Tower Apartments (402 Rindge Ave., Cambridge; only open to building residents)

Elementary School: Thursday, 5-7pm

Middle School: Tuesday, 5-7pm

Dates/Times:

Session runs from Oct 2-Jun 13, see above for times and locations

Students attend a program one night per week, and each location is offered at different days of the week. Tutoring Plus determines which day of the week and location a student attends based on availability, grade, where the student lives, and other factors.

Primary Program Activities:

Working 1:1 with a volunteer tutor/mentor on homework and other academic work; group time focused on social-emotional learning and community advocacy.

Grades/Ages Served:

4th-12th grade, eligibility based on grade level

To Enroll:

Register online: bit.ly/applytp23

  1. Families will complete our online application form
  2. Families will sign necessary documents either virtually in hard copy
  3. Tutoring Plus staff will conduct a listening conference with caregiver and student to understand the student's personality, interests, and academic goals
  4. Tutoring Plus staff will confirm a program location, day of the week, and start date

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

No cost

For More Information:

Contact Jordan Harvey, 857-266-6915 or harvey@tutoringplus.org

Visit website: tutoringplus.org

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The Work Force @ CSUS

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The Work Force is a workforce development program run out of the Cambridge Housing Authority. Their high school program starts in 8th grade and engages young people in a five year curriculum that works towards personal empowerment, academic achievement and economic mobility for students. Their new middle school program at CSUS starts in 6th grade and focuses on similar skills during the middle school years.

Locations:

Cambridge St. Upper School, Teacher Counselor: Erica Cannon

Dates/Times:

Monday-Friday 3-6pm. Young people have one day of required workshops and another day of required homework help after school; open for drop-in academic support.

Primary Program Activities:

Paid workshops focusing on social and emotional skills, college life and work life.

Grades/Ages Served:

Current 6th and 7th graders at CSUS. Priority given to those families living in Cambridge Public Housing

To Enroll:

Visit: charesidentservices.org/participant-application-school-year. Please complete the online application and you’ll get a call from Erica for a meeting/interview. Contact Erica if you’d like a paper copy of application.  

Register by:

Applications open Aug. Often full by mid-Oct but waitlist available.

Cost:

No cost. Young people are paid for work/time in program.

For More Information:

Contact Erica Cannon at 617-694-2852, ecannon@cambridge-housing.org 

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Specialty Opportunities  (1-2 times a week)

Academic Support and Enrichment

Breakthrough Greater Boston 

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Breakthrough Greater Boston (BTGB) is a year-round, tuition-free program that offers six years of academically intensive out-of-school time services to highly motivated, traditionally underserved middle and high schoolers.

Location:

Summer camp and after school support at CRLS

Dates/Times:

The only time to apply for the program (all six years of support) is in December of 6th grade. Breakthrough’s Summer program (starts after 6th grade) is Monday-Friday for 6 weeks of summer. After school program (starts in 7th grade) is one/two days a week.

Primary Program Activities:

Academic workshops, mentoring, college visits & support

Grades/Ages Served:

Current 6th graders apply to start Breakthrough in the summer after 6th grade

To Enroll:

Visit website at breakthroughgreaterboston.org/student-application

for application materials in 4 languages: English, Spanish, Haitian Creole and Portuguese.

Register by:

December of 6th grade: this is the only time students enter the program. Students apply and interview then for the six years of support through high school: students start in the summer after 6th grade.

Cost:

No cost

Transportation:

Yes, transportation is provided to and from summer program

For More Information:

Cambridge families: Contact Wynther Gedeon, 617-599-9827 or wgedeon@btgbmail.org. Visit website at breakthroughgreaterboston.org/middle-school-program

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Cambridge Math Circle

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The Cambridge Math Circle was established to give elementary and middle school students in Cambridge and surrounding towns a chance to experience deep, fascinating math and meet others who like solving puzzles and stretching their minds.​​

Location:

Online and in-person (TBD)

Dates/Times:

Saturday Math Circle (Saturdays): Fall Session: Sept. 16-Dec. 16, Winter Session: Jan. 27-Mar. 30, Spring Session: Apr. 6-Jun. 15

Beast Academy / Art of Problem Solving: Math Classes: (Tuesdays/Thursdays): Fall Session: Sept. 19-Nov. 30; Winter Session: Jan. 9-Mar. 21; Spring Session: Apr. 2-Jun. 13

Primary Program Activities:

Problem solving, creative math, puzzles, board games

Grades/Ages Served:

1st-8th grade, ages 7-14

To Enroll:

Register online: cambridgemathcircle.org/class-registration

Register by:

Saturday Math Circle: 1-2 weeks before first session on Sept. 16

Beast Academy / Art of Problem Solving: By Sept. 12

Cost:

Saturday Math Circle: $400; need-based financial aid is available

Beast Academy: $500; Art of Problem Solving (our offering for older students), $600. Need-based financial aid is offered. Scholarships available.

For More Information:

Contact, 617-454-7627 or info@cambridgemathcircle.org. Visit website: cambridgemathcircle.org

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Club Z Tutoring

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Club Z offers one-on-one tutoring for ages 8-18 in Study Skills (“Learning Built to Last”), SAT/ACT Prep, Math, English/Language Arts and Singapore Math. Run by a local Cambridge parent.

Location:

Virtual Classroom

Dates/Times:

Starts Sept. 5th, Monday-Sunday

Days/times flexible, worked out by tutor and family

Primary Program Activities:

Math Program: An initial diagnostic to asses particular areas of focus. The program follows the Singapore math curriculum. Program encourages active thinking process, communication of mathematical issues as well as problem-solving in real-world contexts. Integrated homework between sessions.

Subject Specific Academic Tutoring: Subject specific Academic Tutoring works with the same curriculum of the school. They meet with the respective teachers to get their feedback and input. They supplement specific areas of focus through Spectrum or Pearson curriculum for further practice.

Executive Function Skills: Diagnostic test allows them to customize the study skills program. Time and self-management skills. Information gathering skills (active listening, active reading, effective note-taking, classroom participation). Improving concentration and memory. Organizational skills. Test preparation and anxiety. Homework management skills and strategies. Writing papers and essays.

Grades/Ages Served:

Math Program: 1st-8th grade

Subject Specific Academic Tutoring: 1st-12th grade

Executive Function Skills: 5th-12th grade

To Enroll:

Contact Celine (below) to register

Register by:

Registration period: Jul. 10th-        Sept. 29th

Cost:

Varies based on level and program length. No financial assistance or scholarships are available        

For More Information:

Contact Celine Bewsher, 617-245-2507 or cbewsher@clubztutoring.com 

Visit website: clubztutoring.com

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Junior Coach Tutoring

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Junior Coach is a registered national non-profit that prides themselves on peer to peer high-quality instruction for youth ages 6-15. Tutoring & mentorship is provided by vetted and passionate high school students and college students in all areas academic, athletic, and artistic.

Location:

Virtual

Dates/Times:

Monday-Friday (some Saturdays). Book your own appointment

Primary Program Activities:

Homework Assistance, study skills, sports, arts, and more

Grades/Ages Served:

K-8th grade

To Enroll:

Visit website: juniorcoach.org

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

Individual class/sessions: No cost

Group classes/clubs: check website or reach out for more details

For More Information:

Contact Marabella Reinhardt, 617-691-9616 or juniorcoach.mass@gmail.com Visit website: juniorcoach.org

MathTalk Play Sessions

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MathTalk is currently inviting families to play sessions. The goal of the play sessions is for kids to have fun and for us to collect valuable feedback about how to make our math products better for families.

Location:

MathTalk Family Room (1st floor) 99 Bishop Allen Dr., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Monday-Sunday, Play sessions are available as early as 10am and run until 5pm.

Primary Program Activities:

MathTalk is a community organization based in Cambridge that creates unique opportunities for children and their families to discover and enjoy math everywhere! MathTalk is currently inviting families to play sessions! The goal of the play sessions is for kids to have fun and for MathTalk to collect feedback about how to make MathTalk math products better for families

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 3-8 (kids ages 2-10 can be accommodated)

To Enroll:

Register online: calendly.com/claudia6/mathtalk-play-session?month=2023-08

or email Claudia Ferrara (below). The link will take you directly to an online calendar where families will see available time slots for a play session. Once they pick one, they will be asked to fill out a few questions. They will be sent a confirmation email after with more information!

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

No cost. Families will be compensated $25 for attending first play session

For More Information:

Contact Claudia Ferrara, 508-577-5405, claudia@mathtalkpbc.com 

Visit website: math-talk.com

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Inclusive and Special Needs

DHSP (Department of Human Service Programs) Inclusion Initiative                                                 

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If you have a child with a disability and you are looking for an afterschool program where they can have a successful experience, please call to schedule a meeting to discuss your child's needs.

Location:

Inclusion Initiative operates out of DHSP offices at 51 Inman St., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Monday-Friday (depends on when afterschool placement is operating)

Primary Program Activities:

The Inclusion Initiative is not its own program; it helps families place their students in other afterschool programs with support to make them successful in those settings. Individuals, either independently or with the provision of reasonable accommodations, should be able and willing to participate in group activities; understand and follow program rules; conduct themselves safely and appropriately in a group setting; and successfully transition from one activity to another.

Grades/Ages Served:

JK-8th grade

To Enroll:

Visit  website: cambridgema.gov/DHSP/programsforkidsandyouth/inclusioninitiative

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

No cost

For More Information:

Contact Nicole Horton, cambridgema.gov/DHSP/contactforms/inclusionspecialist

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Partners for Youth with Disabilities: One-to-One Mentoring

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Partners for Youth with Disabilities match young people with disabilities with a caring adult mentor to help them meet their full potential for personal development and independence.

Location:

Determined by mentor, usually in the community.

Dates/Times:

Monday-Sunday, Times are determined by participant, usually 4-6 hrs per month for one year or more  

Primary Program Activities:

Work on personal goals, spend time in community, develop friendships, social events

Grades/Ages Served:

K-8th grade, ages 6-24

To Enroll:

Register online: pyd.org/get-involved/youth-application. Mentoring is done using a best fit model, so being matched with a mentor may take some time (few weeks/months) as they find a mentor that is the best match for youth.

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

No cost

For More Information:

Contact Courtney Brown, Community Outreach Manager, 617-556-4075 x 147, cbrown@pyd.org. Visit website: pyd.org/programs/mentoring

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The Cambridge Program

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The program is held every Saturday for clients age 8 and up and offers a variety of activities, including field trips, swimming, fitness, arts and crafts, cooking, weightlifting, hygiene, ADL skills, and sports such as soccer, basketball, track and field, and volleyball. Groups are divided by age and ability levels.

Location:

Russell Youth Center, 680 Huron Ave., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Saturday mornings

Primary Program Activities:

Fitness, swimming, arts & crafts, end of year theater play, and more

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 8 and up

To Enroll:

Visit website: cambridgema.gov/dhsp/recreation/specialneeds/ourprograms

Register by:

Ongoing registration; can join at any time

Cost:

$100, scholarships and financial aid available

For More Information:

Contact David Tynes, 617-349-6829 or Vlad Pierre, vpierre@cambridgema.gov

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Leadership and Work Experience

Bridging the Gap at Salvation Army 

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Bridging the Gap was initiated to serve court-involved and at-risk or high risk youth ages 12-18. The goal is to educate youth on the resources and tools needed to make better decisions for themselves and attain a more promising future, and includes a twelve-unit life skills curriculum, designed by The Salvation Army, focusing on prevention and intervention. All young people are welcome.  

Location:

Salvation Army building, Central Square, 402 Mass Ave., Cambridge

Program meets in person but they do make exceptions for those who can only meet virtually.

Dates/Times:

Monday-Thursday: 3-4 pm (Fall schedule Monday-Thursday: 5-6pm)

Primary Program Activities:

Educational classes on life skills and self-improvement. Occasional field trips

Grades/Ages Served:

6-12th grade, split into middle school and high school groups. All young people are welcome, and hours can be put towards a community service requirement

To Enroll:

Contact Andy Chen to talk about program and schedule intake meeting

Register by:

Admission is rolling–young people can join a group at any time.

Cost:

No cost (students also receive a laptop computer when they graduate from program)

For More Information:

Contact Andy Chen, 617-547-3400 x235 or andy.chen@use.salvationarmy.org 

Visit website: easternusa.salvationarmy.org/massachusetts/bridgingthegap

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CitySprouts Young Leaders Program

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CitySprouts Young Leaders Program is a summer and afterschool program for middle schoolers. In the Young Leaders Program, kids learn about making their community a safer, more sustainable place to live through growing plants and exploring the natural environment in the city. The Young Leaders Program is for middle school youth who live or go to school in Boston or Cambridge. It is tuition-free to families.  

Location:

Hurley St. Neighborhood Farm, 213 Hurley St., Cambridge

Program will likely meet indoors in winter, location TBD.

Dates/Times:

Thursdays, 3:15-5pm, Late Sept.-End of May

Primary Program Activities:

Gardening, cooking, environmentalism, leadership, identity exploration, science-based engineering activities, community engagement

Grades/Ages Served:

5th-8th grade, ages 11-14. Must go to CPS school or live in Cambridge        

To Enroll:

All interested youth and families should contact Melissa Wender, Program Director (below)

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

No cost

For More Information:

Contact Melissa Wender, Program Director, 617-876-2436 mwender@citysprouts.org. Visit website: citysprouts.org/young-leaders-program

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Teacher-In-Training (TNT) Program

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The Teacher-In-Training Program interviews 6th-8th graders to serve as Teachers-in-Training, working with younger kids in their programs. In the summer, they run a similar program called Outback Counselor in Training (CIT).

Location:

Maria L. Baldwin Community Center, 20 Sacramento St., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

During afterschool hours on Fridays (generally 2:30pm-5:30pm)

Students can work as a teacher-in-training (TNT) for 1 of 3 10-week sessions

Primary Program Activities:

Assist a teacher in the afterschool program; learn leadership, teamwork, responsibility and other job skills

Grades/Ages Served:

6-8th graders with experience or interest in working with younger kids

To Enroll:

TBD

Register by:

The start of each 10 week session (fall, winter, spring)

Cost:

Teachers-In-Training are paid a $75 stipend when they complete a session

For More Information:

Contact Sadun Yapa, 617-349-6287x19 or registration@agassiz.org

Visit website: agassiz.org/childrens-programs/youth-employment-program

Teen Programs at the Community Arts Center (CAC)

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The Community Arts Center runs school-aged arts programs for youth and also skills based Teen Programs for youth ages 13-19. Teens can take part in the Teen Media Program or the Teen Public Art Program - see primary program activities below.

Location:

Community Arts Center, 119 Windsor St. Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Monday-Thursday, 4-6pm. Classes and teams meet different days of the week for courses (ex: Intro to Filmmaking) and project work.

Primary Program Activities:

Teen Media: Film documentaries, Short form videos, and other media mediums

Public Art: Creating public art projects for local corporations and institutions using digital print, spray paint, and traditional paint. Collaborating with local artists on projects. Technique building in studio classroom between projects

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 13-19

To Enroll:

Go to communityartcenter.org/teen-programs, click Apply Now and fill out the Teen Program Application

Register by:

Teens can join at anytime

Cost:

No cost. Teens are paid either a stipend or an hourly rate for their work in the program

For More Information::

For Teen Media Program: Contact Lionel Blaise, Jr., 617-868-7100x119, lionel@communityartscenter.org

For Teen Public Art or questions about rates, contact

Jack O'Hearn, 617-868-7100x117, jack@communityartcenter.org

Visit website: communityartcenter.org/teen-programs

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The Work Force (High School Program) 

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The Work Force is a workforce development program run out of the Cambridge Housing Authority, engaging young people in a five year curriculum that works towards personal empowerment, academic achievement and economic mobility for students. The program starts in 8th grade and continues throughout high school, offering academic support, mentoring, paid after school jobs and financial literacy support.

Locations:

119 Windsor St, Teacher Counselor: Vanessa Bellony vbellony@cambridge-housing.org

CRLS (359 Broadway), Teacher Counselor: Ayesha Wilson

857-235-9923, awilson@cambridge-housing.org

Roosevelt Towers (14 Roosevelt Towers), Teacher Counselor: Yanley Francois, yfrancois@cambridge-housing.org

Jefferson Park (308 Rindge Ave), Teacher Counselor: Elka Uchman

617-499-7110, euchman@cambridgehousing.org

Dates/Times:

Monday-Friday 3-6:30pm

Young people have one day of required workshops and another day of required homework help after school; locations are open for drop-in academic support.

Primary Program Activities:

Paid workshops, paid internships, college trips, matched college savings program, college scholarships

Grades/Ages Served:

Current 8th graders who are residents of Cambridge Housing Authority buildings or with Section 8 housing in leased buildings

To Enroll:

Visit website: charesidentservices.org/participant-application-school-year 

Register by:

Applications open Aug and are open for all of Sept. Usually full by Nov (sites vary) but students can sometimes join later in the year, please email contact person to ask.

Cost:

No cost. Young people are paid for work in program.

For More Information:

Contact Carmen Blyden, 617-520-6350 or cblyden@cambridge-housing.org

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YWCA Cambridge GOLD and GEY Programs                                                                             

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YWCA Cambridge Youth Leadership programs provide free, weekly sessions that uplift and support youth in 7-12th grade to develop their leadership skills and affirm their identities.

GOLD centers girls of color in 7th-10th grade. Gold is open to anyone interested in learning about intersectional feminism, and social justice.

Gender Expansive Youth (GEY) centers trans and gender non-conforming youth and is open to anyone interested in exploring gender as a social construct, LGBTQ history, and queer issues.

Location:

YWCA Cambridge, 7 Temple St, Cambridge

Dates/Times:

GOLD meets Tuesdays, 5-7pm, every week from Oct.-Jun.

GEY meets Wednesdays, 5-7pm, every week from Oct-Jun.

GEY will also meet virtually on Thursdays from 4-6 pm

Primary Program Activities:

Conversations on gender, identity, activism, financial literacy, and more!

Grades/Ages Served:

Middle and high school youth, ages 11-18

To Enroll:

Register and learn more: bit.ly/Goldywca23 or bit.ly/geyywca23

Register by:

Programs start in October but join anytime

Cost:

No cost. Dinner will be served for in-person sessions

For More Information:

Contact Puja, youthleadership@ywcacam.org or text 781-885-4023

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 Performing arts (Visual Arts, Dance, Music, Theater)

All Hands Allston After School Program

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All Hands Allston strives to provide quality and meaningful art experiences for children and adults. We offer both a woodworking and a themed art class on Monday - Thursday afternoons. For students enrolled in both classes there is a free early drop-off period starting at 3:00 pm and a free supervised period for fresh air and a snack between classes.

Location:

100 Franklin St., Allston, MA

Dates/Times:

Monday-Thursday, times vary

Primary Program Activities:

Woodworking and art classes

Grades/Ages Served:

JK-6th graders, ages 5-12

To Enroll:

Visit website: allhandsallston.com/enroll

Click image to view course and add number of children you are registering to the cart to sign up

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

$375 plus materials per session of 10 classes, limited scholarships

For More Information:

Contact 617-383-7780, allhandsallston@gmail.com

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Cambridge Children’s Chorus

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Cambridge Children’s Chorus’ mission is to provide the highest level of musical training and wide-ranging performance opportunities to young people ages 4-high school, inspiring personal development, celebrating diversity, and fostering goodwill. Their vision is to transform the lives of inner-city young people one voice at a time, developing each heart to live with compassion in a world of differences.

With a focus on inclusion, access, and social justice, they are known for their family atmosphere where diversity of all kinds is acknowledged and welcomed. Theirs is a special community where “love is born, peace is kept, and magic is real.”

Location:

St. James's Episcopal Church, 1991 Mass Ave., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Semester I: Sept. 11th-Dec. 21st, 2023

Semester II: Jan. 4th-Jun. 2nd, 2024        

Kodály: Mondays: 4-4:45pm;

Cantare: Tuesdays: 4:15-6:15pm

Melody Makers/Training Chorus: Thursdays 3:45-4:45pm / 4:45-5:45pm

Primary Program Activities:

Kodály Singing Class (4 yr. olds-K)  

Melody Makers (grades 1-2)  

Training Chorus (grades 3 -5)  

Cantare (grades 6-9)  

Grades/Ages Served:

Age 4yr old-9th grade (Accept all children who have an interest in singing)

To Enroll:

Call or email Wendy Silverberg to discuss a student's interest (no previous experience required), provide her with a video of the student singing "Happy Birthday" or their favorite song, or arrange an in-person or Zoom get-together to discuss which program best suits the student, register online, and join in!

Registration link: bit.ly/3qv0t3q

Register by:

No deadline, new singers accepted throughout the year

Cost:

$450 for weekly 45 minute classes for Kodály and Melody Makers, $550 for Training Chorus one hour weekly rehearsals, $800 for 2-hour weekly Cantare program. Scholarships and sliding Scale available (No child is turned away for lack of financial resources).

For More Information:

Contact Wendy Silverberg, Director of Early Childhood Learning, 617-869-8848, wendysilverberg@bostoncitysingers.org

Visit website: bostoncitysingers.org

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CityStep

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CityStep Harvard brings arts enrichment to Cambridge Public Schools through dance! Teams of college-student facilitators meet weekly with 5th through 7th graders to lead fun games, teach moves, and create dances. Through dance, they aim to cultivate each individual’s self-confidence and creativity while also having fun! The year culminates in an original performance about a theme relevant to the students’ lives and which they help create. Join for a high-impact, rewarding experience working with students in the local Cambridge community. No prior dance experience necessary or expected, just enthusiasm!

Location:

TBD

Dates/Times:

Early Oct.-Late Apr.. Monday-Friday

After school hours (exact hours to be determined/coordinated with schools)

Primary Program Activities:

Dance, acting, improv, movement

Grades/Ages Served:

5th-7th graders, ages 10-12 yr olds

To Enroll:

Parents should fill out the form or email contact below for help with application

Form is available online at forms.gle/SycmvReojALt5zMQA

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

No cost

Transportation:

Transportation provided from schools to site

For More Information:

Contact Talia Kahan, 917-708-0548, citystep.harvard@gmail.com

Visit website: citystep.org

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Dance Complex

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Offers a full calendar of in person classes and another set of virtual dance classes, including hip hop, bachata, ballet, jazz, salsa and ‘dance sassy’ classes!

Location:

The Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave., Cambridge or Virtual Classes (see website)

Dates/Times:

Classes are offered every day of the week

Primary Program Activities:

Come join for intro/beginner courses (or all-level courses) in: Tae Kwon Do, Street Choreo, House, Flamenco, Hawaiian Hula Salsa, Samba/AfroBrazilian, Ballet, Modern/Jazz, Bollywood Dance

Grades/Ages Served:

JK-8th grade

To Enroll:

Visit website to sign up and view calendar: dancecomplex.org/in-person-studio-classes

Register by:

No advance registration needed. Each teacher manages payment for their class; students can pay when they arrive or sometimes buy a 10-class pass for a discount. See Dance Complex website for each class info.

Cost:

Varies

For More Information:

Contact 617-547-9363. Visit website: dancecomplex.org

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Longfellow Neighborhood Council & Community School

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Music lessons for all ages!

Location:

War Memorial, 1640 Cambridge St., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Dates TBD, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 3:15-6:30pm

Primary Program Activities:

Music: Piano, Violin and Guitar

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 4 and up

To Enroll:

Visit Sikha Sen’s office, War Memorial,1640 Cambridge St,. Dr 14, to register

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

$25 for 1/2 hour private lesson, scholarships available

For More Information:

Contact Sikha Sen, Director, 617-349-6260 (Work), 617-233-4021 (Cell), ssen@cambridgema.gov

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MassArt Saturday Studios

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Classes are taught by MassArt students majoring in Art Education and supervised by MassArt Art Education faculty. Courses in a variety of disciplines and media are available by grade level for Grades 3-12, allowing students to explore and strengthen their creativity and creative problem solving.

Location:

In person on the Mass Art Campus: 621 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA

Dates/Times:

Oct. 14th-Dec. 9th, 2023: Classes are held weekly on Saturdays

9:30am - 11:45am (Grades 3 - 5)

9:30am - 12:00pm (Grades 6 - 12)

Also offers programming during Vacation Weeks (see website)

Primary Program Activities:

3-5th Grades: Art Explorations (drawing, painting, printmaking, clay)

6-8th Grade options: Comic Book Art & Animation, Mixed Media, and Sculpture

9-12th Grade options: Contemporary Drawing or The Figure

Grades/Ages Served:

3rd-12th grade

To Enroll:

Visit website: massart.edu/saturday-studio

Register by:

Registration period is from Sept. 12-30th

Cost:

$195, scholarships available (Request a scholarship on the registration form, then fill out a form about family income information). Offered on a first come, first served basis and available for both tuition and cost of supplies.

For More Information:

Contact k12@massart.edu

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Middle School Arts After School at Maud Morgan

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Arts classes (ceramics, painting, printmaking) offered for middle schoolers on Monday & Wednesdays at Maud Morgan Arts.

Location:

Maria L. Baldwin Community Center, 20 Sacramento St., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Mondays & Wednesdays 2-5:45pm (art classes start at 3:30pm, before 3:30pm is snack and downtime to allow for arrival from schools)

Fall session starts Sept. 6th

Primary Program Activities:

Ceramics, printmaking, 3D and 2D art, community art project

Grades/Ages Served:

6th-8th grade, ages 11-14

To Enroll:

Register online: agassizbaldwincommunity.asapconnected.com/?=org=3440

Cost

$257/month for 1 day/week or $366/month for 2 days a week. Families enrolling in the Middle School Arts Program will be charged a one-time materials fee, $275 per day of art.

For more info:

Contact Sadun Yapa, Registration Coordinator, 617-349-6287x19        syapa@agassiz.org

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New School of Music

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New School of Music is a community music school located in Cambridge and offers group music programs and lessons in a non-competitive, student centered learning environment with professional musicians who love teaching.

Location:

25 Lowell St., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Monday-Saturday, times vary based on class

Fall: Sept. 11th-Jan. 28th; Spring: Jan. 29th-Jun. 17th

Primary Program Activities:

Group instrument lessons, choir ensembles, private lessons on strings, guitar, woodwinds, piano, voice

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 4-17

To Enroll:

Visit website for full description of activities or contact registrar Kristine Kirby (below) for more details: app.amilia.com/store/en/newschoolofmusic/shop/programs

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

Tuition costs range depending on activity. Need-based financial scholarships are available for all programs by submitting an application form on website or on request from their office

Transportation:

None

For More Information:

Contact Registrar Kristine Kirby, 617-492-8105 or info@newschoolofmusic.org. Visit website: newschoolofmusic.org

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Piano Lessons

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Study with highly trained and experienced professional pianists who have years of teaching experience in classical piano performance. Teachers at Cambridge Piano Lessons include international and national competition laureates who will share their prize winning techniques and knowledge.

Location:

1000 Cambridge St., Suite 1B, Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Monday-Sunday. Open every day including weekends 8am-10pm. Private lessons take place once a week. Students are scheduled individually based on their availability.

Primary Program Activities:

Piano Lessons, Recitals, Competition/ABRSM/RCM piano exam preparation (optional)

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 5 and up

To Enroll:

Fill out new student form at cambridgepiano.com/newstudentform

Email them at info@cambridgepiano.com to schedule your trial lesson

Register by:

No deadline, new students may join at any time

Cost:

Rates start at $62 and depend on weekly lesson length

For More Information:

Contact 781-406-4495 or info@cambridgepiano.com

Visit website: cambridgepiano.com

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Soca Sundays

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Soca Fusion creates a space where people can transcend beyond limitations this society has conditioned us to believe as true. They strive for all of us to BE free with confidence, joy, and love in all of the spaces we move through. Soca Fusion offers a range of dance classes, workshops, performances, and wellness programming for people to learn and reconnect with their bodies while vibin’ to Soca music, one of the many sounds of the Caribbean. Whether you consider yourself a seasoned dancer or beginner to the world of dance, Soca Fusion welcomes you to explore a fusion of Afrocentric movement, whine your waist, and workout!

Location:

Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Oct. 8th, Oct. 29th, Nov. 26th, Dec. 3rd, Dec. 17th

Sundays, 3-5pm

Primary Program Activities:

There are three classes offered:

Kiddies Create!

Kids Fete

Choreography

Grades/Ages Served:

Kiddies Create!: Ages 3-5

Kids Fete: Ages 6-8

Choreography: All ages and levels are welcome

To Enroll:

Once the official registration page is live, it will be accessible through the website under the offerings and class tab. If there’s any confusion, contact socafusion@gmail.com. Registration begins Sept. 6th

Register by:

On going

Cost:

No cost

For More Information:

Contact Ella Wechsler-Matthaei, 617-939-6182, socafusion@gmail.com

Visit website: socafusion.com

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Young Dancers Program: José Mateo Ballet Theater

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José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancers Program is based on philosophy that every student has the right to a quality ballet education. The Young Dancers Program, offering ballet training for children ages 3 to 18, has an unsurpassed reputation throughout New England for its excellent, humanistic approach to ballet education.

Location:

 400 Harvard St., Cambridge / 14 Cushing Ave., Dorchester

Dates/Times:

Fall session: Sept. 1st-Dec. 12th, 2023; Winter session: Jan. 2nd-Jun. 1st, 2024. Monday-Saturday. Various Class Schedules

Primary Program Activities:

Ballet, Dance, Movement, Performance

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 3-18

To Enroll:

Register online: ballettheatre.org/young-dancers-program-cambridge-enrollment-application

Register by:

No deadline. Enrollment is ongoing until classes are filled.

Cost:

Varies depending on hours/week. Scholarships are available.

For More Information:

Contact Magdalena Gyftopoulos, 617-945-1944, info@ballettheatre.org. Visit website: ballettheatre.org/young-dancers-program-cambridge

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Youth Underground Theater Ensemble

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Youth Underground (YU) is Central Square Theater's resident youth performance ensemble. YU creates and performs original theater that investigates social issues relevant to young people and our world. Receive training from professional theater artists in acting, voice, movement, ensemble performance, text analysis, and devising/playmaking!

Location:

Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Exact dates are TBD; Program usually meets Sundays throughout academic year, 6-8pm

Primary Program Activities:

Theater ensemble: create plays about issues of social justice that matter to youth participants

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 13-18

To Enroll:

Please email Kevin at kdw@centralsquaretheater.org to get more information and try out a session

Register by:

Registration starts in Sept. 2023 for fall, January 2024 for winter/spring, and is rolling throughout school year

Cost:

No cost (youth who complete each program will receive a stipend)

For More Information:

Contact Kevin Williams, 617-576-9278, kdw@centralsquaretheater.org

Visit website: centralsquaretheater.org/education/youth-underground

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Sports, Athletics, and Outdoors

Boston Bouldering Project: School of Rocks, School of Pebble, and Adventure Days

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After school day sessions at this climbing gym are designed to help foster young peoples’ self-confidence as they climb, jump, problem solve and explore creativity. Small groups (3-5 kids) focus on socializing while distancing and getting on the walls.

Location:

Boston Bouldering Project, 12A Tyler St, Somerville

Dates/Times:

Monday-Friday, 4-6pm, Saturday, 10am-2pm

(Adventure Days/Weeks on school holidays and breaks)

Afterschool classes begin September 1st through end of school year.

(Full day programs occur during school vacation days)

Primary Program Activities:

Rock climbing, parkour

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 5-14

To Enroll:

Call to register

Register by:

Registration closes 24 hours in advance, but many classes fill up a week or more in advance, depending on season

Cost:

$39 for afternoon class, $119 for full day during school vacation

Scholarships available

For all programs except summer, email Laura (below) for financial aid

For More Information:

Contact Laura MacDonald at 617-623-6700 or laura.macdonald@boulderingproject.com

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BSA Scouts Troop/Crew 56 Cambridge

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Open to both girls and boys from age 11 (6th grade) through 20. Helps youth to gain leadership, teamwork and outdoor skills. Weekly meetings and weekend/summer outdoor adventures!

Location:

St Joseph’s Espiscopal Church in Porter Square, 1991 Mass Ave., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Tuesdays, 7-8pm, Sept. 12th-June + Summer Camp!

Primary Program Activities:

Through outdoor adventures, scouts learn leadership skills and work side by side with youth of diverse cultures, religions, sexual orientations, and genders

Grades/Ages Served:

6th-12th graders, 11-20 yr olds, boys and girls

To Enroll:

Attend a meeting for help with registration

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

There are activity fees each semester (fall/spring) that cover all trips, required for all youth members. At least half of these fees are raised by scouts through sales (of Christmas trees, wreaths, garbage bags, etc.). Dues are projected to be $450 for the school year, Sept. through Jun. Half of dues (projected to be $225) must be earned by scouts, through fundraising or earning it through other means, such as shoveling snow or taking care of a pet for a neighbor. Scholarships and sliding scale available

For More Information:

Contact Erik Blankinship, 617-852-4904, troopcrew56@googlegroups.com. Visit website: troopcrew56.org

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Cambridge Athletic Youth Basketball 

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This is a program that is driven on getting kids ready to play in basketball games, so they will incorporate scrimmaging. There will be twelve openings for this program.

Location:

Cambridge Athletic Club, 215 First St., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Sept. 5th-Oct.14th

Tuesday/Wednesday: 5-5:45pm. Saturday: 10:30-11:15am

Basketball programming

Primary Program Activities:

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 6-7 on Tuesdays, Ages 8-9 on Wednesdays, Ages 10-12 on Saturdays

To Enroll:

Register online: cambridgeathletic.com/youth-basketball

Register by:

Once a specific class is fully filled, they close the program so that no one else is able to sign up. Certain classes fill up quickly

Cost:

$150. No financial assistance or scholarships are available

For More Information:

Contact Joshua Oliver, 617-491-8989, joliver@cambridgeathletic.com

Visit website: cambridgeathletic.com/youth-basketball

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Cambridge Baseball: Fall Ball

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Cambridge leagues usually operate in the spring (see Spring Preview at end of this Guide) but also run a short fall season.

Location:

Donnelly Field and Lindstrom Field, Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Sept. 11th-Oct. 27th, (Days and Time TBD)

Primary Program Activities:

2-3 games/practices per week

Practice: Donnelly Field, Games: Lindstrom and Donnelly Field

Grades/Ages Served:

1st-6th grade, ages 7-12

To Enroll:

Visit website: eclbl.com

Register by:

No deadline, they try to accommodate families, as needed

Cost:

$60-$100 (you choose), scholarships & financial aid available

For More Information:

Contact Jill Gorski, jgorski678@gmail.com

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Cambridge Basketball Lab

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The Cambridge Basketball Lab is a co-ed basketball and mentorship program for Cambridge youth.The Lab is a safe place for middle and high school youth (grades 6-12) of Cambridge to go in the evenings, to develop their basketball skills, to build long-term mentoring relationships with caring adults, and to be exposed to basketball technology while working on their game. Every drill at The Lab is measurable and youth will set personal goals and create a plan to achieve them.

Location:

TBD

Dates/Times:

TBD (potentially 3-5 days a week throughout fall)

Monday-Friday (potentially from 4-7pm)

Primary Program Activities:

Basketball skill development, mentorship, workouts, conditioning, goal-setting

Grades/Ages Served:

6th-12th grade

To Enroll:

Coming soon

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

No cost for CPS students, $200 for non-CPS (sliding scale available)

For More Information:

Contact Coach Matty Meyersohn, 617-413-9419, mgm3mgm@gmail.com

Visit website: CambridgeBasketballLab.org 

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Cambridge Camping Association: Fall Saturday Camp

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Each fall, winter, and spring Cambridge Camping offers eight weeks of Saturday programming for campers to continue building their connections and friendships within the camp community. They focus on activities that promote a child's skill development around communication, cooperation, sharing, and taking turns. The activities are developed with the child's interests in mind and may include art & craft activities, games, field trips, visits with community partners and public events, and more. This is a trauma-sensitive program that works to support each child in a caring and nurturing environment.

Location:

99 Bishop Allen Dr., Cambridge (Program is field trip based to many locations)

Dates/Times:

Sept. 30th-Dec. 2nd, Saturday, 9:00am-1:00pm

Primary Program Activities:

Arts & crafts, games, field trips, fairs and festivals

Grades/Ages Served:

1st-8th grade, ages 6-12

To Enroll:

Register online: cambridgecamping.org/saturdays

Enrollment is is managed by contacting the program director. There is an assessment phase to determine if this program is a good fit for a child

Register by:

Registration period: Aug. 20th-Nov. 30th. There is no deadline. It is an 8 week program and they are willing to enroll children after the start date if there is room

Transportation:

School bus transportation is provided for Cambridge and Somerville area

Cost:

$50. No financial assistance or scholarships are available. All participants benefit from a low fee of $50 to participate in all eight Saturdays

For More Information:

Contact Shilpa Kulkarni, Daybreak Program Director, 617-302-8204        shilpa@cambridgecamping.org. Visit website: cambridgecamping.org/saturdays

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Cambridge Family Microsoccer

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Location:

Raymond Park (Raymond St. x Upland Rd.), Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Usually Sundays, Session 1: 9:30am-11:00am; Session 2L 11:00am-12:30pm*

Fall: Sept -Nov, Spring: Apr -Jun (Contact for specific dates)

Primary Program Activities:

Introducing 4-6 year olds to soccer

Grades/Ages Served:

JK-K grade

To Enroll:

Visit microsoccer.org for registration instructions

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

Usually $110.00 (tentative), scholarships are available (contact Peter L. Cohen)

For More Information:

Contact Commissioner Peter L. Cohen, 617-497-7180 or commissioner@microsoccer.org 

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Cambridge Girls Softball: Fall Ball

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The primary softball season is in the spring, but they run a short “fall ball” season in September.

Location:

Cambridge (3 Sundays at home and 3 Sundays travel to another city)

Dates/Times:

Sunday mornings starting Sept. 8th

Primary Program Activities:

Girls softball

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 10-14 (teams 10U, 12U and 14U)

To Enroll:

Visit cambridgegirlssoftball.com and click on “Fall Ball”

Register by:

Mid-September

Cost:

No cost, donation asked at online checkout

For More Information:

Contact Steve McAuliffe, stepmca@comcast.net

Visit cambridgegirlssoftball.com.

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Cambridge Jets Youth Track Club

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Cambridge Jets offers a community track team starting practicing outdoors at Danehy park beginning April 12th, Monday and Friday evenings. Cross country begins in September, with practices on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Location:

Danehy Field, 99 Sherman St., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Monday, Wednesday, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Cross country season: Sept. 12th-Oct. 31st

Indoor season: Nov.-Feb.; Outdoor season: Apr.-Jul.

Primary Program Activities:

Running, conditioning

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 6-18

To Enroll:

Attend a practice to see if your child enjoys the program, then complete online registration: cambridgejetsofma.org

Register by:

Ongoing

Cost:

Cross country: $150, Indoor and Outdoor: $250, scholarships available, complete application on website

For More Information:

Contact Alida castillo, cambridgejets@gmail.com

Visit website: cambridgejetsofma.org

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Cambridge PRIDE Basketball

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Competitive basketball league sponsored by the Cambridge Dept of Human Services Recreation Division. The goal is to prepare middle school students to compete at high school level and is designed to teach participants effective communication, teamwork and sportsmanship.

Location:

TBD

Dates/Times:

Tryouts are usually held in early Nov., league plays until Mar.

Games are played on Saturdays and Sundays with one mandatory practice during week

Primary Program Activities:

Basketball

Grades/Ages Served:

6-8th grade (5th grade eligible to try out for the 6th grade team)

To Enroll:

Tryout information will be announced (is usually first Saturday in Nov.)

Register by:

Tryouts in Nov.

Cost:

$50

For More Information:

Contact George Rodriguez, 617-349-6228, gerodriguez@cambridgema.gov

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Cambridge Youth Boxing Program

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The Cambridge Youth Boxing and Fitness Program is a collaboration between the Cambridge Police Department Family and Social Justice Section and the Cambridge YMCA.

Location:

Cambridge YMCA, 820 Mass Ave., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-5:30pm, year-round

Primary Program Activities:

Physical and mental health, self-defense skill building, peer mentorship, relationship building, family support, social emotional learning, inclusion, individual growth in a group setting, accessibility, equity, and (most importantly) FUN.

Grades/Ages Served:

6th-12th grade

To Enroll:

Visit website for sign-up instructions: bit.ly/3KyHVVG

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

No cost, All equipment is provided. Participants should dress for a workout, if possible.

For More Information:

Contact Officer J.J. Jones, jjones@cambridgepolice.org

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Cambridge Youth Cheerleading: Hosted by Eva Athletics

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Cambridge Pop Warner Cheerleading is the team to build your child's skills in the world of cheerleading. CPW Cheer prepares teammates to have the confidence, strength and pride all while encouraging fun!

Location:

Russell Field, 333 Rindge Ave, Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Aug.-May, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8pm

Primary Program Activities:

Cheerleading

Grades/Ages Served:

K-8th graders, ages 5-14

To Enroll:

Cheerleading Practice

Email to register: elitevibeathletics@gmail.com

Cost:

$100

For More Information:

Contact, elitevibeathletics@gmail.com

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Cambridge Youth Flag Football

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Youth Flag Football League: All skill levels

Location:

Russell Field, 333 Rindge Ave., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Begins on Sept. 10th

Games are played on Sundays. Divisions meet at different times: 9am, 10am, and 11am, and 12pm depending on age group.

Primary Program Activities:

Players will also engage in skills and drills.

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 3-14

To Enroll:

Visit website: cmbflag.com/registration/youthflag

Register by:

Until slots are full

Cost:

$100; payment plan and/or scholarships may be available

For More Information:

Contact Kenneth Cooper, 857-498-9132 or k.cooper@cmbflag.com

All Girls Travel Team

& League

Location:

Russell Field, 333 Rindge Ave., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

TBD

Primary Program Activities:

Where girls are taught that there is no field that they do not belong on.

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 9-14

To Enroll:

Contact hello@pinksunday.org if interested

Register by:

TBD

Cost:

No cost

For More Information:

Contact Kenneth Cooper, 857-498-9132 or hello@pinksunday.org

Boys Travel Flag Football Team

Location:

Russell Field, 333 Rindge Ave., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Practice Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 6:30-8:00pm

Primary Program Activities:

Team will travel and compete against surrounding cities youth Flag Football teams.

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 7-12

To Enroll:

Tryout: TBD, Contact k.cooper@cmbflag.com if interested

Cost:

TBD

For more information:

Contact Kenneth Cooper, 857-498-9132 or k.cooper@cmbflag.com

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Cambridge Youth Lacrosse

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The Cambridge Youth Lacrosse fall program emphasizes age-appropriate fundamental lacrosse skill development, structured games, and scrimmages for both boys and girls, ages 6-15. Shake off some of the rust, continue to develop skills for the spring, and have lots of fun!

Location:

Danehy Fields, 166-190 New St., Cambridge (Field #3: Girls, Field #4: Boys)

Dates/Times:

Fall Session: Sept. 10th-Oct. 29th, Sundays, 2-4pm. Fall sessions should be attended in addition to your fall sports. Fall sessions are scheduled to minimize conflicts with your athlete's traditional fall sports commitments.

Primary Program Activities:

Lacrosse skills development and games. Come try lacrosse–no experience necessary.

Grades/Ages Served:

JK-8th grade, ages 5-15

To Enroll:

Open link, click Register Now! button and fill in the required information

That's it!: cambridgeyouthlacrosse.org/registration.html

Register by:

Registration is open through Oct. 28th

Signup earlier rather than later to take advantage of entire FREE fall program!

Cost:

No cost

For More Information:

Contact Alejandro Heyworth, 917-678-1326 or heyworth@cambridgeyouthlacrosse.org. Visit website: cambridgeyouthlacrosse.org

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Cambridge Youth Soccer

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Cambridge Youth Soccer is an independent charitable organization which exists to provide a healthy team sports experience for Cambridge children and youth.

Location:

Location: Various fields around Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Fall session: Sept. 16th-Nov. 11th; Spring session: Apr-mid-Jun Monday-Sunday. Times depend on age group

Primary Program Activities:

Girls & Boys Soccer for all ages:  

  • Kick Start (4-5 years)
  • Premier League (1st & 2nd graders)
  • Champions League (3rd & 4th graders)
  • City League (5th & 6th graders)
  • City League (7th & 8th graders)

Grades/Ages Served:

JK-8th grade, open to girls and boys who live or attend school in Cambridge

To Enroll:

Fill out the registration form (below). To apply for financial aid, follow link at top of registration page: cambridgeyouthsoccer.org/Default.aspx?tabid=1309970

Register by:

No deadline, but teams often fill up by early Sept.

Cost:

$115 (includes jersey) scholarship available.        Complete financial aid form at top of registration page. Reduced fee will be applied within 24 hours.

For More Information:

Contact Jessamy Robblee, 617-491-4958 or jessamy@cambridgeyouthsoccer.org

Visit website: cambridgeyouthsoccer.org

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Cub Scout Pack 56

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Cub Scout Pack is a local scout crew for boys and girls and meets at St Joseph’s Espiscopal Church in Porter Square, with other events and trips taking place at different outdoor locations. The troop welcomes all families regardless of faith traditions and is committed to inclusion of everyone regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, etc.

Location:

St Joseph’s Espiscopal Church in Porter Square, 1991 Mass Ave., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Tuesdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm, ​​Sept 19-End of June + Summer Camp

Primary Program Activities:

Family camping, model rockets, nature Hikes, pinewood derby racing

Grades/Ages Served:

K-5th grade, ages 5-10, boys and girls

To Enroll:

Registration is ongoing all year round. Contact for more information or attend one of the meetings and they will assist with the registration.

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

$75, scholarships and sliding scale available

For More Information:

Contact Erik Blankinship, 617-852-4904, pack-56-info@googlegroups.com. Visit website: pack56cambridge.org

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Girls on the Run

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Girls on the Run is a program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using an experienced based curriculum which includes running.

Location:

Kennedy-Longfellow School, 158 Spring St., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Sept. 19th-Nov. 18th, Tuesday/Thursday, 2-4pm

Primary Program Activities:

Social emotional learning, journal writing, goal setting, emotional regulation, walking and/or running

Grades/Ages Served:

3rd-5th grade students who identify as girls

To Enroll:

Register online: girlsontherunboston.org

Register by:

Sept. 13th

Transportation:

Late bus is available

Cost:

As little as $10, scholarships, sliding scale available

For More Information:

Contact Natalie Lang, 617-347-5507, nlang@cpsd.us

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Girl Scouts

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Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends.

Location:

Varies Troop to Troop

Dates/Times:

Most Troops meet Oct.-Jun but each troop has it's own meeting schedule. Meeting times are decided by volunteers

Primary Program Activities:

Leadership, Outdoors, Life Skills, STEM, Entrepreneurship

Grades/Ages Served:

K-12th grade, girls

To Enroll:

To register for Girl Scouts, go to GSEMA.org/join where you can find full registration instructions

Register by:

Girl Scouts can join at any time. Most troops fill quickly once leadership is identified

Cost:

$50, scholarships available. Financial Assistance can be requested during registration process

For More Information:

Contact Customer Care, customercare@gsema.org. Visit website: gsema.org

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New England Base Camp Open Program

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Adventure day is an opportunity for children and their families to come to any of the Base Camps we have across RI, MA, and NH and participate in the programs we offer at their own pace. Depending on the Base Camp location you're interested in, programs can include the following: archery, arts and crafts, axe throwing, BMX track, field sports, indoor pool, mini-golf, nature hikes, outdoor skills, scavenger hunts, S.T.E.M. activities, winter activities, and many other theme activities. While Base Camp welcomes all ages, some activities are restricted to specific age groups. All equipment, program supplies, and safety gear are provided. All activities are run by trained and certified staff.

Location:

411 Unquity Rd., Milton

Dates/Times:

Sept. 16th, 2023-Dec. 2nd 2023 | Jan. 13th 2024-Jun. 15th 2024, Saturdays, 10am-5pm

Primary Program Activities:

Sports, nature, STEM, outdoor cooking, hiking

Grades/Ages Served:

K-12 grade, ages 5-18

To Enroll:

Register online: experiencebasecamp.org/pages/passes-1. Select your location, then select your desired date, complete information requested

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

$20 per person, scholarships available, apply for financial aid online: form.jotform.com/220305050301028

For More Information:

Contact Heather Sheehan, 617-272-3501, nebc@scouting.org

Visit website: experiencebasecamp.org

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Olympia Fencing

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Olympia Fencing offers a free 60-90 minute learn to fence class at this fencing center near Fresh Pond.

Location:

127 Smith Place, Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, 4-6:30pm

Primary Program Activities:

Fencing classes, private lessons, and school vacation camps

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 7-16

To Enroll:

Visit website: olympiafencingcenter.com/book-free-fencing-class

Register by:

Ongoing, no deadline

Cost:

$165+ (free trial available)

For More Information:

Contact Iulia Hondor, 617-945-9448, info@olympiafencingcenter.com

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Parkour Generations

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Parkour Generations is a movement discipline in which participants learn to move their bodies through their environment, overcoming mental and physical obstacles, conquering challenges, and learning to apply these skills in the real world.

Location:

Various locations: Boston Bouldering Project (12A Tyler St., Somerville), Joan Lorentz Park, Somerville High School, Somerville Armory

Dates/Times:

Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday (times vary)

Program runs from Sept.-Dec., Jan.-Mar., Apr.-Jun.

Primary Program Activities:

The perfect physical outlet for your child! They will keep active while gaining coordination, focus and confidence!

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 6-16

To Enroll:

Visit website at pkgenboston.sites.zenplanner.com/calendar.cfm to select class and choose signup option (drop-in/full season/monthly membership)

Register by:

No deadline

Cost:

Varies, scholarships available at pkgenboston.com/scholarships

For More Information:

Contact boston.info@parkourgenerations.com. Vsit website: pkgenboston.com

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 Recreation and Swimming at War Memorial

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The War Memorial Recreation Center, which includes the Field House, multi-purpose room, basketball gymnasium, weight room and 3 swimming pools will be open for recreation classes and swimming in Fall 2023.

Location:

1640 Cambridge St., Cambridge (Door 15)

Dates/Times:

See War Memorial Brochure at this link for specifics: cambridgema.gov/-/media/Files/DHSP/Recreation/programbrochures/warmemorialbrochure.pdf 

Primary Program Activities:

Offerings:

  • Gymnastics (ages 2-8)
  • Kenpo Karate (ages 3-9+)
  • Synchronized Swimming (12 and under)
  • Sea Dawgs Cambridge Recreation Swim Team (ages 5-13+)
  • Swim lessons (ages 3.5-14, different levels available)
  • Family Swim (T, Th, Sat, see calendar at end of brochure)

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages vary based on activity - see brochure for more details

To Enroll:

Online registration can be found at: cambridgema.gov/DHSP/ProgramsForKidsAndYouth/Recreation/WarMemorial.aspx 

Register by:

Classes fill at different rates - if space is available, register before classes start.

Cost:

Varies with activity. Kenpo Karate is $170, Synchronized swimming is $135, swim lessons are $25-$45

For More Information:

Contact 617-349-6279

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Tae Kwon Do Cambridge

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Tae Kwon Do Cambridge offers fun, high energy martial arts classes in person and on Zoom. Regular children’s classes meet six days a week and are for age groups 5-8 and 9-12. Sometimes kids start as young as 4.5 years old. It’s never too late to start taekwondo and each child advances at their own pace. Taekwondo is a unique activity that children of all genders can participate in equally. Instead of being competitive against others, TKD challenges each child to be their best self.

Location:

2000 Mass Ave. and on Zoom (virtual)

Dates/Times:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday (times vary)

5-8 yr olds: 4-5pm daily, 9-12 yr olds: 5-6pm daily,13 yrs old+: 6pm, 7pm

Primary Program Activities:

Martial arts classes, learning self discipline, self defense, teamwork, listening skills

Grades/Ages Served:

Ages 5-18

To Enroll:

Register online: tkd-cambridge.com/contact-form. Parents typically take a tour of the school and watch a class and then register either in person or online.

Register by:

Rolling admissions: sign up anytime

Cost:

Typically monthly cost is $179 for up to 6 classes a week. Seasonal discounts may apply (i.e. back to school special September 1-30). No financial assistance or scholarships are available

For More Information:

Contact Mr. Jae Hwang, 617-492-5070, jaekim.taekwondo@gmail.com

Visit website: tkd-cambridge.com

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Youth Recreational Rowing

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Youth Learn to Row is offered in spring, summer and fall. It's an introductory, coed, non-competitive program offering youth aged12 to 18 a chance to try the sport of rowing. Learn to Row participants are introduced to the basics of the sport in a fun, engaging, safe environment. After Learn to Row, kids have a chance to progress to Crew League (spring/fall) or summer skills (summer).

Location:

Harry Parker Boathouse, 20 Nonantum Rd., Brighton

Dates/Times:

M, T, W, Th, F: 4:15-5:45pm, Sat/Sun: 11am-1pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm

Fall Session: Sept. 9th-Oct. 30th

Primary Program Activities:

Youth Learn to Row Sweeps, Youth Crew League Sweeps, Youth Learn to Scull, Crew League Sculling

Grades/Ages Served:

7th-8th grade, ages 12-18

To Enroll:

Go to Community Rowing website> go to Youth programs page (under 'Programs')> click on either Youth Learn to Row Fall/Spring or Crew League Fall/Spring> on the right hand side of the page, click on the sessions you would like to enroll your child in> Once you click on the sessions, it will redirect you to RegattaCentral> complete the registration/payment and once you click confirm you should be set to go

Register by:

No deadline, however there is a first come, first serve basis for registration and spots will fill up fast.

Cost:

$285 (financial aid available to anyone who can't cover the costs. Scholarships, sliding scale is available.

Transportation:

Yes, Fall van schedule is in the process of being updated and will be posted on the website later this Summer

For More Information:

Contact Alex Lynn, 802-353-3179, alex.lynn@communityrowing.org

Visit website: communityrowing.org/programs/youth-rowing/youth-learn-to-row

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  STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)

AI Trailblazers: Shaping AI’s Impact

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Step into the world of artificial intelligence through the fascinating lens of self-driving cars. Over 13 exciting weeks, you will build your own self-driving car, while exploring topics like ethics, justice, and fairness, that shape AI's impact on society. Imagine a self-driving car at a busy intersection. How does the car respond? In this program, you'll grapple with questions of safety, values, and priorities, discovering how coding choices can ripple through society, either promoting fairness or inadvertently reinforcing biases. Get ready to join a diverse community of young minds, regardless of your background, interests, or gender, as we embark on a journey to become AI Trailblazers and explore the intersection of technology, ethics, and innovation together.

Location:

Cambridge Public Library, Main Branch, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Jan. 22nd-Apr. 29th, 2024, Monday, 4:30-6:30pm

Primary Program Activities:

AI fundamentals, coding, ethical considerations in AI, hands-on building

Grades/Ages Served:

7th-8th grade

To Enroll:

Register online: forms.gle/3Cw7sjZKTMoZBPY78

Register by:

Registration begins Oct. 1st. Space is limited. Fills up fast.

Cost:

No cost

Transportation:

Students and/or parents can arrange transportation from CPS Upper Schools to CRLS on an after-school bus. Must check with their school Clerk/front office to make arrangements

For More Information:

Contact Program Director, 857-285-3842, info@innovatorsforpurpose.org. Visit website: innovatorsforpurpose.org

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Boston Tech Initiative

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The Robo Hub is a destination STEAM center for robotics enthusiasts. Their program offers after school workshops for students from 3rd to 8th grade and supports high school level robotics through providing machinery, mentorship, and space. Families are welcome at The Robo Hub and weekend programming features birthday parties and social gatherings. They are thrilled to begin programming in Cambridge and remain committed to creating a world-class robotics community center serving local families!

Location:

86 Sherman St., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

M-Th

Primary Program Activities:

Lego Robotics, Coding, Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Grades/Ages Served:

3rd–8th grade, ages 8-14

To Enroll:

Navigate to The Robo Hub’s registration page. Select a course that fits your needs

Register by:

1 week before class starts

Cost:

$700 for 10 meetings. STEM Equity scholarships may be available

For More Information:

Contact 603-534-0832 or TheRoboHub@gmail.com. Visit website: therobohub.com/robotics_classes-cambridge

BUILD After School STEM at EmPOW Studios

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Empow offers award-winning STEM classes in coding, Minecraft, film & animation, 3D design & engineering, robotics and more for kids 7-15.

Location:

Virtual

Dates/Times:

Varies

Primary Program Activities:

Coding, Video Game Design, Minecraft, Robotics, Digital Arts and Design

Grades/Ages Served:

2nd-8th grade, ages 7-15

To Enroll:

View schedule, select class, click "enroll now," set up an account and enroll in class. Enroll online: empow.me/classes/register

Register by:

3 weeks after class has started (prorated to when you start)

Cost:

Varies, discounts available by email

For More Information:

Contact 617-395-7527, info@empow.me. Visit website: empow.me

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gbSTEM

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The Greater Boston STEM Program (gbSTEM) delivers free STEM courses including introductory computer science, math, engineering, and science enrichment to elementary and middle school students.

Location:

Virtual

Dates/Times:

Fall 2023 semester will run from September 24th to December 23rd. The final week will consist of final projects and events. We will also hold student and parent orientations the week before classes begin.

Primary Program Activities:

gbSTEM offers four different tracks: computer science, mathematics, engineering, and science. All will be conducted either remotely via Zoom or in-person in groups of about 5-10 students. Each class will meet for two 45-60 minute sessions every week. They emphasize creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration in order to foster a welcoming environment where students can form lasting friendships.

Grades/Ages Served:

K-8th grade

To Enroll:

Register online: https://gbstem.org/#/

Register by:

Fall 2023 semester registration is now open and will close September 20th!

Cost:

No cost

For More Information:

Contact contact@gbstem.org. Visit website: https://gbstem.org/#/

MIT CodeIT

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Weekly sessions run by MIT students on learning how to code. This program is designed for anyone who identifies as a girl or non-binary who has not had prior experience with computer science.

Location:

On MIT’s campus (exact location TBA)

Dates/Times:

Sundays, 10-12pm

TBD, mid October to late November. Program also has a spring session.

Primary Program Activities:

Learning how to code in Scratch, participating in social activities and completing labs and projects

Grades/Ages Served:

6th-8th grade girls and non-binary students

Program is designed for those who have limited or NO experience coding

To Enroll:

Register online: https://tinyurl.com/f23codeitapp, email MIT CodeIT for more information

Register by:

Late Sept

Cost:

No cost

For More Information:

Contact MIT CodeIT team, codeit-exec@mit.edu

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MITES Saturdays

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The MITES mission is to diversify the science, engineering, and technology community by serving students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds and empowering these students to develop the skills and confidence needed to pursue careers in technical fields—and flourish. We strongly encourage students from underrepresented and/or underserved backgrounds to apply. All applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will be considered, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Location:

MIT, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

8 Saturdays during Fall 2023 semester:

Sept. 16th, 23rd, 30th, Oct. 14th, 21st, Nov. 4th, 11th, 18th

Primary Program Activities:

Hands-on STEM project course, academic mentoring course, team-building activities

Grades/Ages Served:

7th-12th grade         (students must apply during 7th-10th grade and live and go to public school in Cambridge, Boston, or Lawrence)

Must be US citizen or permanent resident

To Enroll:

Register online: mites.mit.edu/discover-mites/mites-saturdays

Register by:

Fall

Cost:

No cost

For More Information:

Contact MITES Recruitment and Admissions Team, 617-253-3298        mitesapp@mit.edu. Visit website: mites.mit.edu/discover-mites/mites-saturdays

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Science Club for Girls

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Science Club for Girls' mission is to foster excitement, confidence, and literacy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for girls and gender-expansive youth from underrepresented communities by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women-in-STEM mentors.

Location:

Various locations, including virtual

Dates/Times:

Late September through early December, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 3:30-4:30pm

Primary Program Activities:

STEM activities, mentoring

Grades/Ages Served:

K-12th grade, Ages 6-18, Girls and gender expansive youth

To Enroll:

Register online: scienceclubforgirls.org

Participants will need access to a computer (or device) with internet access.

All other materials are provided free of charge and distributed at a convenient location prior to the first week of clubs.  

Register by:

Registration starts Aug. 30th (no deadline, spots fill up quickly)

Cost:

No Cost

For More Information:

Contact Program Staff, 617-391-0361, scfgprograms@scienceclubforgirls.org

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SHINE at MIT

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SHINE help girls and non-binary students learn and practice math skills in a supportive environment.

Location:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

Dates/Times:

Fall Session: Oct. 5th-Nov. 30th, Thursday, 5-7pm (Start and end dates of program are subject to change).

Primary Program Activities:

Part of each session is also dedicated to a creative activity. Students can bring math homework from their classes to work on if they wish and receive help from MIT student mentors.

Grades/Ages Served:

Usually 5th-8th grade, ages 10-14, but can be flexible. Girls/non-binary only

To Enroll:

Register online: forms.gle/1mC4VMGBbaKFGQLC9

If a parent and child think this program would be a good fit, please fill out our registration form. If you have any questions, send us an email or let us know on our form and we will do our best to answer in a timely manner. Before the program starts we will reach out to contact you to confirm the program start date, drop off/pick up locations for the students, and to confirm that your child will be participating.

Register by:

Deadline: Sept. 30th

Cost:

No cost

For More Information:

Contact SHINE Leaders Ashley Granquist & Mahaam Desai, shineboard@mit.edu

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The Hive

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New state-of-the-art makerspace located at the Main Library - a hub for STEAM learning, creativity, and community collaboration in Cambridge. Its mission is to provide free, hands-on learning opportunities to the Cambridge community, resources for personal projects, and to serve as a hub for skill sharing and creative collaboration.

Location:

Cambridge Public Library, Main Branch, 449 Broadway, Cambridge (located on bottom level of library)

Dates/Times:

Mon: 1-5pm, Tues: 1-9pm, Wed: 1-9pm, Thurs: 9am-9pm, Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: Closed

Weekly drop in Teen Takeover in The Hive with hands-on making activities including t-shirt design, sticker-making, music production and more:

Wednesdays 3:30-5:30

Regular Friday pop-up making activities in Teen Room: 1-2 Fridays each month

Primary Program Activities:

Fabrication lab (3D printers, laser cutter), multimedia recording studio, podcasting studio, extended reality lab (XRLab)

Grades/Ages Served:

Anyone with a Minuteman Library Card (Cambridge Library Card)

Ages 12 and up: can use independently

Ages 11 and under: supervised use with an adult

To Enroll:

Sign user agreement and take safety training to start. Those 17 yrs old and under also need their user agreement to be signed by an adult. Visit website to get started: cambridgema.gov/Departments/cambridgepubliclibrary/steaminitiative/gettingstarted

Register by:

Young people can register anytime (drop in program)

Cost:

No cost, makers can reserve equipment in fab lab and multimedia studio

For More Information:

Contact 857-235-9819, thehive@cambridgema.gov. Visit website:  cambridgema.gov/departments/cambridgepubliclibrary/steaminitiative/hive

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Spring Preview    

What’s happening for young people this spring? Use this preview to get a sense of options now (such as spring sports or specialty programs). Find updates as spring gets closer in the electronic version of this Guide, and shared through slideshows found at www.agendaforchildrenost.org/msn-resources.html  

Beyond the 4th Wall Middle School Musical

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Local theater company puts on a big musical every spring starring middle schoolers and including 3-5th graders as ensemble members. Low-pressure auditions happen at Upper Schools in Dec/Jan, rehearsals are 1-2 days a week afterschool through the spring. More info: beyondthe4thwall.com

Cambridge Girls Softball

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Girls softball league with a 8-and-under team, 10-and-under team, 12-and-under team and a 14-and-under team. Season usually runs late April to mid-June. Register at cambridgegirlssoftball.com 

Cambridge Baseball Leagues

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There are four leagues in Cambridge (North, East, West and Central Cambridge), co-ed teams (all genders) serving ages 5-12. All start around late March/April and ask families to register online by April 1st. Scholarships available. For contact info for each league go to cambridgeyouthbaseball.org 

MIT Spring HSSP & MIT Spark 

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This MIT Educational Studies program happens over five weekends in Feb 2024-April 2024, on Sat and Sun for a few hours each day. Classes are for 7-12th graders, either on MIT campus or online, and are taught by MIT students. Deadline is usually in Mid-February; costs $40 with financial aid available. Contact info: email spring-hssp@mit.edu. MIT Spark is similar event held on a weekend in March for 7th & 8th graders - contact info is spark@mit.edu

Neighborhood Service Project

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Young people work in groups on neighborhood and community issues that they care about in this youth employment program. Program is through the Office of Workforce Development at City of Cambridge Dept of Human Services and happens at Cambridge Youth Centers (Frisoli, Moore, Russell, Gately, Moses).  Applications are usually available in mid-February for young people aged 14 & 15. Must be a Cambridge resident and eligible to work in the U.S. Young people are paid minimum wage for their hours in the program. Find more info at Workforce Development website or by contacting George Hinds, 617-349-6268 or youthemployment@cambridgema.gov

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Transportation to After School for Cambridge Public Schools Students

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All JK-5th grade students are eligible to ride the bus to an after school program (e.g. youth center, community program, etc.) if it is located one mile or more from their school. This is arranged through the school clerk and a Transportation Change Form (available on CPS website).

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All 6th-8th grade students are eligible to ride the bus to an after school program (e.g. youth center, community program, etc.) if it is located 1.5 or more miles from their school. This is arranged through the school clerk and a Transportation Change Form (available on CPS website).

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Late Bus: from October - May (while Upper Schools are running their own after school clubs and intramurals) students who are eligible to ride the bus home can take the “late bus” home at 4:30pm (or to an after school program, like a youth center). This bus only operates on the days clubs/intramurals are being offered: only on Tuesdays, Wed and Thursdays.

All Upper Schools offer a late bus, and many elementary schools offer the service, as well. Please check in with your school clerk to find out more.

The Late Bus follows a standard route that loops around the city. See CPS website (go to Departments and choose Transportation) for a list of Late Bus stops.

 

Compiled by the Middle School Network and Elementary Out-of-School Time Network

For more information email: Shawn Proctor sproctor@cpsd.us or Annie Leavitt aleavitt@cpsd.us 

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