Middle School Opportunities Fall 2020

Activities for 6-8th graders, virtual and in person.  For more detailed information, go to FindItCambridge.org  and the individual organization websites.

SPRING 2021 OPPORTUNITIES 

In PERSON programming 

School-day academic support and programming:

Afterschool programming:

Brooklyn Boulders: A two hour Kids Academy for ages 5-12 is offered twice a day at this climbing gym in Somerville. Small groups (5 kids) focus on socializing  while distancing and getting on the walls. Offered at 11am, 2pm. Sign up online for just one session or recurring sessions, $39 a session or $187 for 10 pack of sessions. Adventure days also offered on Wednesdays (12:30-3:30pm) or holidays for $59/session.

Orienteering Mini Games with Navigation Games: Fun outdoor enrichment activities based on CPS orienteering physical education unit. Mini-games happening at local parks in Cambridge - Danehy Park, Hoyt Field, Sennott Park, Dana Park, Morse and the Tobin. Check this upcoming events page for the dates in the afternoons each week.

Parkour Generations: in person outdoor classes for ages 6-13 every day except Mon and Friday in Somerville parks, check this schedule for most up to date options. Check out COVID safety measures for outdoor classes - also offering virtual classes.

Parts & Crafts:  This Somerville family makerspace and community workshop offers both virtual and in-person programming for art, music and making options, including some virtual classes through outschool.com. Classes include fantastical creature drawing, debate/mock trial, graphic design, cardboard making, stop motion animation and java processing, among others. Some classes are available for drop in. To see the options for 2021, visit https://www.partsandcrafts.info/registration 

Kids are Alright @ Gather Here & Stitch: A recurring sewing workshop for young people ages 9-15 on Wednesday afternoons. Students will learn how to use a sewing machine, read a pattern and cut out fabric. Projects include a drawstring bag,  pajama pants, slippers, and a messenger bag. A reservation is required to attend, as space is limited. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3kJG2av

City Sprouts Youth Leadership Team: waiting to hear from Solomon

EmPOW After School Club:

Cambridge Youth Soccer?

VIRTUAL programming:

Kids Fete Cambridge: SocaFusion offers three 8 week sessions (first starting Jan 11th)  of Kids Fete Cambridge, an online program to help youth (5-12) explore and engage with Soca culture, music, movement and traditions. Free class for Cambridge residents meets Mondays at 5pm on zoom, or Kids Fete ($5, not just Cambridge) on Sundays at 10am. sign up online.

DHSP online: Every week day from 4pm to 6pm, join this drop in space to play games, make art and music and get your body moving. No registration required. Specialized workshops start Feb 1st…...

MIT CodeIT Spring: free virtual MIT computer coding classes for middle school girls and non-bianary students, targeted to those with little or no experience with coding.  Wednesdays afternoons and Sunday evenings - free of charge, held over zoom due to COVID restrictions. Applications are open  (not extensive, just fill out form) until  March 1st, 2021, notified by March 5th. Contact: codeit-exec@mit.edu.

Breakthrough College Access Program: 6th graders apply now (app due 2/26) to join this academic support program that follows them all the way through high school to college. Program includes summer programs each year and school year academic support, with plans to be in-person or virtual this summer based on COVID related decisions in April. Application season is usually fall/winter but has been shifted to spring 2021 due to COVID. Applications are due Friday 2/26 and available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole. Application is extensive but support is available at school, through Breakthrough or through the Middle School Network (email Annie at aleavitt@cpsd.us).

What’s Cooking? Online February Vacation program for middle school students and their families, put together by Cambridge Camping Association and Lesley University. For 6th-8th graders, will include three days (feb 16-18th) of online cooking classes, with all ingredients provided ahead of time, at no cost to families. Register here, see more info with this flyer.  

Science Club for Girls: offering virtual spring clubs again starting Feb 23rd (they served 250 girls using this format this fall) focused on the physical characteristics of Earth for girls and those who identify with girlhood in K-8. Hands on activities over zoom once a week for 8 weeks, at no cost for all participants. All materials provided and distributed at the start of the semester. Groups co-led by Junior Mentors (grades 8-12) and adult mentors who study and work in STEM fields. See here for application.

Upward Bound : College prep program for rising 9th graders going to CRLS, Prospect Hill and Community Charter School of Cambridge in September.  For current 8th graders only. Enrollment for the program starts in the spring of 8th grade year.

Neighborhood Design Project?

FALL PROGRAMMING

In PERSON Programming for Young People

Breakthrough College Access Program: We provide afterschool and summer programming for students in grades 7-12 on the path to college. 6th grade students must sign-up and make a 6-year commitment to the program, which includes tutoring and STEAM workshops, as well as internship placement and college coaching for older grades. The application deadline is February 26, 2021. See qualifying schools and language options for registrations by visiting our page.

Cambridge Community Center:  Every day In person full day support  for middle schoolers.  CCC will be providing  virtual learning assistance, socially distant activities, three meals, and individual mentorship. In Person Full Day Support Program for K-8 will be held Monday-Friday from 7:30am-5:30pm. $215 per week or $50 per day.

Margaret Fuller House: Offering in person remote learner support slots for lower and upper school students and in-person after school. Leaders of Today Peace Academy (K-8) is an in person after school program from 2-6pm Mon-Friday, ages 5-12 ($110 per week). Includes many activities including structured homework support, community building, self-identity, social emotional support and future planning. For questions about either contact: mryan@margaretfullerhouse.org or 617-520-4788.

Maud Morgan Arts & Agassiz Baldwin Community Program: Offering in-person, full-day outdoor/indoor programming to support virtual learning for 2nd through 8th graders. Full day programs include arts- and play-based programming in and around Maud Morgan Arts Center. Just afterschool programming also available with options for everyday/full week, MWF or T/TH. Enrollment is rolling - young people can join at any point of the year.

Community Arts Center: running in-person afterschool programs from 2-6pm for ages 6-12. Teen programs running mostly virtual with some hybrid options. To sign up, check out this Form for existing CAC families, this Registration link for new families, and this letter for families about enrolling.

Cambridge Camping (Club Daybreak): Club Daybreak offers outdoor Saturday group activities for both children and families, with transportation provided. Designed for children up to age 12.

Parkour Generations: in person outdoor classes for ages 6-13 every day except Mon and Friday in Somerville parks, check this schedule for most up to date options. Check out COVID safety measures for outdoor classes - also offering virtual classes.

City Sprouts Youth Leadership Team (YLT): year round leadership club for 6th-8th graders to learn more about gardening and natural environment. This fall, meeting in person and outside at the Hurley Street Farm (East Cambridge) for harvesting, weeding, and preparing the garden for the winter, and in November will start meeting weekly on Zoom until the start of the growing season. contact Heather Fisher at Hfisher@citysprouts.org or smontagno@citysprouts.org. To learn more about the virtual learning module City Sprouts at Home, visit: https://www.citysprouts.org/citysprouts-at-home 

Empow Afterschool Club: our program is a unique care and enrichment program that brings together technology, arts, and play. Club takes place in-person in Lexington and Newton, Cambridge students can participate with transportation for an additional fee.

Jae H. Kim Taekwondo Institute: Fun, high energy martial arts classes. We have both Zoom and in-person options for ages 12 and up. We also have classes for kids ages 9-12 — Elementary School Classes.

Cambridge Youth Soccer: Running two leagues for boys and girls in two age group cohorts, 5&6th graders and 7&8th graders. Games are on Saturdays at Danehy Park until mid-November, then leagues start up again in the spring. No BAYS Travel Soccer this fall, leagues available for younger kids too.

Cambridge Youth Lacrosse: CYL will run travel leagues for boys and girls ages 6-15 (Grades K-8). Registration is open until February 14th or until otherwise notified, $150 for league play plus $30 for a membership/renewal. Financial assistance options are available for qualifying families. Our season runs April 4 — June 20. Also, consider registering for our 2nd Annual tournament — The Battle of Boston/Bunker Hill happening 6/13!

YMCA Afterschool: In person afterschool program. Contact the YMCA for details. At the Cambridge YMCA After School Program, kids up to 6th grade have many opportunities to grow and discover new hobbies and interests. From 2:00-5:30pm Monday — Friday. 

Navigation Games: Weekly orienteering events in parks around Cambridge include our Orienteering Mini Games for grades JK-8. Also offering bundled sessions for learning pods or organizations looking for outdoor PE activities, and self guided neighborhood orienteering “courses” around Cambridge for young people to do on their own. Email: Tanairi@navigationgames.org.

Parts & Crafts:  This Somerville family makerspace and community workshop offers both virtual and in-person programming for art, music and making options, including some virtual classes through outschool.com. Classes include fantastical creature drawing, debate/mock trial, graphic design, cardboard making, stop motion animation and java processing, among others. Some classes are available for drop in. To see the options for 2021, visit https://www.partsandcrafts.info/registration 

Kids are Alright @ Gather Here & Stitch: A recurring sewing workshop for young people ages 9-15 on Wednesday afternoons. Students will learn how to use a sewing machine, read a pattern and cut out fabric. Projects include a drawstring bag,  pajama pants, slippers, and a messenger bag. A reservation is required to attend, as space is limited. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3kJG2av

Dance Classes (and other Starlight Square events) in Central Square: see schedule here on Starlight Square website.

Brooklyn Boulders Adventure Days: offering in-person programming for ages 5-14 for students to get in-person remote learning support and climbing/movement for 9:00-3:30pm (called ‘Adventure Days’). Also offering  climbing and socializing programs for kids (ages 5-11) and teens (ages 11-15)  afterschool and on weekends.

Premier Hoops: running a Fall Pre-Season Skills program with the Rec Department in two age groups (ages 6-10 & 11-16) at Hoyt Field courts (13 Gilmore St) on Thursday evenings Oct 29th- Nov 19th.  Coupon code for significant discount available for Cambridge residents ($125 regular price).

 Virtual Opportunities: Paid Internships & Jobs

Teen Program at Community Arts Center: Youth ages 13-19 can join the Teen Media Program (TMP) and Public Art Program, where they become creative technology users by engaging in projects involving visual art, media, and opportunities to connect with community and Master Artists. Teens receive an hourly wage for participating in weekly teen programs. Some classes are held online, some will be hybrid in-person/online classes. Application here, contact Lionel@communityartcenter.org. Update 11/10: still spots available in Intro to Storytelling section of Teen Media Program.

Innovators for Purpose Studios Internship: iFP Studios is a teen powered design and innovation internship for 14-18 year olds that deploys fresh youth inspired solutions to real problems for real clients. Teens apply, interview and if accepted receive a stipend for work Mon-Thurs 3:30-6:30pm; program will start virtually and then transition to in person once the Cambridge Public Library is open to the public.

Work Force Program: Students apply to this program in 8th grade and remain in the program through high school. Participants must live in Cambridge Public Housing Development or on Section 8 voucher.  The program is offering a virtual program for 8th graders that includes academic support, life skills workshops and paid internships. Students will have access to drop-in tutoring/homework space daily. Class will be once a week on Fridays starting 10/2. For more information, please visit https://www.charesidentservices.org/participant-application

Fall Youth Employment Program: the City of Cambridge (Office of Workforce Development) is running a youth employment program for 14yr olds+ this fall, with virtual and in-person job placements for a limited number of young people. Details still in the works. Check back here or DHSP website for more!

Upward Bound : College prep program for rising 9th graders going to CRLS, Prospect Hill and Community Charter School of Cambridge in September.  For current 8th graders only. Enrollment for the program starts in the spring of 8th grade year.

Virtual Opportunities: No and Low Cost Programs

DHSP Online Program: This winter, DHSP Online will offer free virtual activities to young people in grades K-8! Learn more about the details by visiting – www.finditcambridge.org/VirtualDHSP or www.cambridgema.gov/DHSPOnline

Broad Institute Bio-Coding Club: Free for students in grades 6-8.  Club participants have the opportunity to learn the Scratch programming language from Broad Institute scientists while also using hands-on activities to explore the world of biology.  The Club will meet online this fall on Wednesdays from 3:15-4:00 starting on September 30.  Visit http://broad.io/biocodingclub for more information and to register.

Cambridge Public Library Opportunities: The Cambridge Public Library has fun and educational virtual programs for children ages 12-18. Please register in advance. We will email registered attendees the Zoom access information an hour before the event begins. To keep up with what’s happening you can also subscribe to our email list, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and visit our website.

Shine for Girls: Virtual program on Thursday afternoons from 4-6pm, a joint math and creativity program designed to instill confidence in middle school girls and non-binary folks.  Apply here. Enrollment update: no longer taking applications (full).

MIT CodeIt: Weekly sessions of learning how to code! This program is targeted at anyone who identifies as a girl or nonbinary who has not had prior experience with computer science. The Program will meet online on Wednesdays & Sundays starting on October 4th from 2:30-3:30 pm on Sundays &  7-8:30pm on Wednesdays. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3iMptdG

Girlx Only Leadership Development Program (GOLD): is a FREE program that is #onamission to empower 7th and 8th grade girlx and non-binary students who identify with girlhood. Virtual workshops facilitated by experts on various topics: gender stereotypes, financial literacy, STEAM, career exploration and so much more! Program will be held on Tuesdays, 5:00-7:00PM, on Zoom starting October 13th. Flyer here.To register, visit bit.ly/GOLD20-21

CityStep: serving 5th, 6th and 7th graders in Cambridge Public Schools this year through a combination of live instruction and pre-recorded dance classes. To sign up: check out flyer, fill out this interest form, start date is Oct 5th and class times are still being finalized! Email citystep.harvard@gmail.com for more info.

Beyond the 4th Wall Theatre Classes: Offering virtual classes on Saturdays for students to train in key performance skills and creativity. 12 week session culminates in a Zoom Movie that is rehearsed and recorded and premiered June 12th. Three age groups meet at different times of day; Shining Stars (ages 10-12) from 1-3pm. Sliding scale based on income - email Sophie at sophie.bt4w@gmail.com.

Cambridge After School Program - program run by Harvard students through Phillips Brooks House Association, offers tutoring, mentoring, and homework help to students in grades 3rd to 8th grade living in the Fresh Pond Apartments. Program meets online at various times. Email casp@pbha.org for more information.

David Walker Scholars is a mentoring program run by Harvard Black Men's Forum, with support from the Phillips Brooks House Association. DWS is focused on guiding and empowering young men of color at Vassal Lane and Putnam Avenue Upper Schools, but welcomes participants from anywhere in the city for their online programming. Program seeks to develop positive life skills and a sense of black cultural and historical pride through meaningful mentoring and education. Program timing TBA. Sign up by selecting David Walker Scholars and filling out this form.

Virtual Idea Hub @ MIT Museum: Workshops and programs all online, free of cost.

Harvard Muslim Youth Program:  Phillips Brooks House Association organizes this program that unites Muslim high school students (ages 13-18) with college-aged mentors for mentorship, spiritual engagement, and self-empowerment.

Spring Forward Climate Workshops: an education initiative run by high school students will be running interactive online climate workshops in Oct and Nov for ages 6-13. Each workshop has a game, information and an activity. First dates are Oct 6th, 8th and 10th (each workshop is given on a Tues/Thurs and a Saturday). See brochure for more info.

Bridging the Gap:  is a 12 week life skills program available for youth, meeting virtually for the Fall session, twice a week after school.  Topics include self-esteem, anger management, communication, and job readiness.  Anyone interested in referring a young person contact Director Andy Chen at 617-547-3400x 235 or andy.chen@use.salvationarmy.org.  Every student who completes this program receives a laptop computer for their hard work.  

Harmony Mentoring:  program run by Harvard and Tufts students through Phillips Brooks House Association, offers no cost one-one-one music lessons (weekly private lessons via Zoom) to K-12 students in Cambridge. Also increasing efforts to provide free instruments to young people. Email Harmonymentoring@pbha.org for more info. Apply to the program with this form: https://forms.gle/nWtLGipwRUn9oqsPA .

Virtual Science Clubs with Science Club for Girls: Travel around the world (virtually) this fall with Science Club for Girls as we tackle all kinds of engineering challenges, from reconstructing the Great Wall of China to building the tallest Eiffel Tower out of edible treats. There is no cost to attend clubs. Virtual clubs will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 and Saturdays at 10:30, starts Oct 5th for fall.

Cambridge School Volunteers: For Upper School, they offer no-cost virtual one-on-one tutoring. Teachers refer students to get a volunteer tutor/mentor, usually meet after school once a week (contact CSV and/or upper schools for questions about referrals)

Parkour Generations Boston: Offering virtual classes as well as in person classes (see in person section)

Boston Mobile Dance Studio/ Dance Where You Are: youth and preteen dance classes over Zoom, including Party Dance 101 and Hip Hop intro classes with Carl Alleyne and a weekly dance party Saturday nights. Weekly schedule of youth classes coming soon, check their  website.

East End House Middle School Program: Will be offering a virtual after school program, more info coming soon.

Tutoring Plus (all grades) offers 1:1 Tutoring and Mentoring that includes one hour of large group activities and then an hour with mentor/tutor on homework or identified subject area. For Upper school: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5-7pm (usually at CSUS, now virtual) and Mon, Tues, Wed (at Fresh Pond Apts, now virtual) Registration form for programs: https://bit.ly/3hxELlB or on website at tutoringplus.org/enroll  or email INfo@tutoringplus.org

JuniorCoach Tutoring: offering free online tutoring for students K-12 as part of COVID-19 relief. Our dedicated student volunteers are here to help!

The Dance Complex: Central Sq dance studio posts free online classes, discussions and performances on their blog, IG live and facebook live.

Harvard Food Lab for Kids: Virtual lessons on food science, nutrition, mindful eating, and cooking skills forCambridge/Boston elementary or middle schoolers Saturdays from 4-5 pm, starting October 3rd. Sessions will run until December 5th.To sign up, please fill out this form: https://tinyurl.com/FoodLabSignup. Questions? Email thefoodlab.harvard@gmail.com

Partners for Youth With Disabilities Mentoring: We offer free virtual mentoring for kids with disabilities ages 6 and up. Contact us for your child to be matched with their 1-1 mentor.

BBBS Community-Based Mentoring: This is our traditional program (free) where adult mentors are paired with children ages 7-12, and agree to see each other for 3 hours, a couple of times a month. Matches and meetings will happen virtually.

STEAM at Home Activities: The Cambridge STEAM Initiative has curated science, technology, engineering, arts and math activities for youto do at home.

Virtual Opportunities:  Programs for a fee

Beyond the 4th Wall Theatre Classes: Offering virtual classes on Saturdays for students ages 4-12. Shining Stars, ages 10-12, meet from 1pm — 3pm. Groups train in key performance skills and creativity. The 18-week session culminates in a Zoom Movie that is rehearsed and recorded and premiered June 12th. We’re also hosting a Virtual February Vacation Mini Camp for ages 7-11. Sliding scale based on income - email Sophie at sophie.bt4w@gmail.com.

BioBuilder Virtual Programs: We run affordable science and engineering programs and workshops with 6-12 grade students. Our BioBuilder 6-7-8 workshops introduce middle school students to our curriculum. We also have our Idea Accelerator option for ages 15-18 that provides a dynamic 3-week curriculum to classrooms or pods (with No Cost options for children that come from qualifying schools).

MassArt Saturday Studios: An affordable opportunity to engage in the process of art making through courses taught by MassArt students. Courses include Comic Book Art, Painting and 3D Sculpture.  Courses are open to all interested students, from beginners who have never taken any art classes to the emerging young artist. Program costs $175  (materials and supplies not included). Begins  October 24th-December 12. To register visit, https://massart.edu/saturday-studios

Kesher Virtual: Engaging classes and tutorials in Modern Hebrew and Judaics Studies, ages 5-12, using a project-based learning approach. $250 per month including weekly classes and private tutorial.

Kids 4 Coding: STEM Enrichment programs for ages 7-16, Afterschool and on Saturdays.

Harvard Student Agencies (HSA) Tutoring:  (all grades, mostly older kids) 1:1 tutoring with Harvard students starting at $50/hour or $495 for 10hours of tutoring. Also offers small group SAT/ACT tutoring, $495 for five weeks of four hour sessions on Sundays from 4-9pm.

Project B#: Music Lessons  through Harvard Student Agencies (HSA) Tutoring offers music lessons with a Novice track (first time with new instrument) and an Advanced track.

Empow STEM Afterschool:  Offering afterschool STEM classes and remote learning support, see website for more information.

Club Z Tutoring: 1:1 tutoring for ages 8-18 in Study Skills (“Learning Built to Last”), SAT/ACT Prep, Math, English/Language Arts and Singapore Math. Cbewsher@clubztutoring.com, website link here. To register: families request a free consultation on the website to see which program is best fit/type of tutoring.

Still Pending/Check Back Soon:

City of Cambridge Department of Human Services: In-person and virtual programming (other than rec department activities in the fields) are being planned at the moment but no public details have been released.

Other Resources

 

Opportunities for Elementary School Students, Fall 2020: Here is the most updated list of fall programs for Jk-5th graders.

 

Events Happening Now: Check out this up to date list of events happening in Cambridge.

For the most updated list and to follow links please visit live version at  http://bit.ly/MiddleSchoolOpportunities2020 

Last updated: Oct. 7th

Compiled by Middle School Network and Youth Connectors, for more info email annie@agendaforchildrenost.org