826 Boston is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this understanding in mind, we provide drop-in tutoring, field trips, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.
A Better Chance – National *
A Better Chance seeks to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. This is done by facilitating their entry into independent college preparatory schools. Through its network of member schools, A Better Chance is able to leverage an estimated $20+ million per year in financial aid for talented, economically disadvantaged youth of color. More than 96% of A Better Chance's graduates go on to college directly after high school, a majority entering our country's most selective colleges.
Academically Interested Minds (AIM) – Kettering University – National
AIM (Academically Interested Minds) is a five-week residential pre-college summer program which began in 1984 and has continued to thrive over the years. The program is designed to augment Kettering University's efforts to reach a greater number of multicultural students who have a strong interest in the areas of engineering, math, science and business.
ACCESS Children and Families
We are the children and families arm of ACCESS (American Chinese Christian Education and Social Services). We are located in the heart of Chinatown, and offer various resources for the immigrant community. We run both the After-School Enrichment Program (ASEP) and the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) for children in Kindergarten (k2) to 5th grade.
ACE Mentors – National
ACE of Massachusetts, an affiliate since 2007, offers a year-long after-school program providing students in grades 10-12 with an introduction to the design, engineering and construction disciplines. Students work with knowledgeable building professionals, known as ACE Mentors, throughout the program on the hands-on development of a hypothetical, but realistic, building project. Field trips to actual project sites, professional offices and local colleges are also incorporated into the program.
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
ABCD uses a comprehensive approach that systematically addresses the range of barriers faced by households in poverty – from day-to-day crises to long-term needs for jobs and education. ABCD has been helping low-income youth prepare for college and work for over 45 years through its signature SummerWorks program. During the school year, youth can also participate in Career Exploration programs, which introduce younger workers to career fields and job skills that teach the importance of work and contribute to family income and stability.ACT-SO – National
The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
Admission Guaranteed Program – University of Massachusetts
Initiated in 1989 by the University of Massachusetts Boston, the Admission Guaranteed Program guarantees admission to the University for students enrolled at Dorchester Education Complex, Jeremiah E. Burke High School, and South Boston Education Complex. Recruitment for the program is focused primarily on ninth graders. Through Admission Guaranteed, students who take courses in the required subject areas and meet specific program criteria are assured of admission to the University. The program is part of UMass Boston's continuing commitment to its role as a public urban university.
All Dorchester Sports League
The All Dorchester Sports League offers sports, fitness/nutrition and education programs for youth that emphasize the life skills, academic focus, healthy and active lifestyles required to succeed in community life and become successful adults.
Artists for Humanity (AFH)
AFH’s central program, the Youth Arts Enterprise, is a paid apprenticeship and leadership program employing urban teens. Youth are partnered in small groups with professional artists, designers and young artist mentors to create market and sell fine art and design services. With fully equipped, staffed studios in Painting/Murals, Sculpture/Industrial Design, Screen-Printing, Graphic Design, Digital Media, and Photography/Web Design, youth and mentors collaborate on creative projects, many specifically commissioned by clients. In the process, young artists develop entrepreneurial skills as they participate in planning, product development, outreach and marketing of projects.
ASPIRE Youth Leadership Program (YLP)
The ASPIRE Youth Leadership Program (YLP) is a year-long leadership program specifically tailored to the cultural and developmental needs of Asian American (AA) high school girls in the Boston and greater Boston area.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Summer Health Corps Program
The Summer Health Corps Program is an educational hands-on program for high school students ages 14 through 17. The six-week program is in session Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. Through this program teens can explore various careers while gaining experience in a hospital setting.
Bird Street Community Center
Bird Street Community Center (legally incorporated as "Upham's Corner Community Center, Inc.") is a private, nonprofit organization providing high quality, affordable child care and recreational, educational and developmental activities for children and youth in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Hyde Park. We serve more than 1300 youth between the ages of 5 and 22 year-round with a variety of programs that encourage and promote their intellectual, physical, and social development.
Boston City Lights
The Boston City Lights Foundation is a free pre-professional performing and visual arts program for inner city youth in Boston. Boston City Lights offers an intense training program in the performing arts for children in dance, singing, acting, graphic design, photography, sound production, set design, and community participation and organization. Children are taught to teach, and as participants develop intellectually and artistically, they teach younger Boston City Lights participants, teaching program participants to continually give back. Boston City Lights students have the opportunity to perform in both benefit and paid shows, to record their work in our studio, and to learn to teach in our internship positions.
Boston Scholar Athletes
Launched in 2009, the Boston Scholar Athletes program strives to increase opportunities for public school students to succeed on the court, in school and in life. We encourage athletic participation while providing the support students need to thrive academically.
Boston Scholars Program
The mission of the Boston Scholars Program is to open doors for disadvantaged youths through educational opportunity. We achieve our mission by granting scholarships to deserving Boston-area students who have demonstrated a pressing financial need and by pairing these "Boston Scholars" with mentors from the Boston professional community. The Boston Scholars Program opens the door to new educational opportunities and provides the positive influences necessary to guide our scholars through the challenges of high school.
Boston University MySummer
The pre-college and youth summer programs at Boston University allow middle and high school students the opportunity to gain valuable academic experience, enhance their existing skill sets, and have fun over the summer. FitRec also offers recreational camps for elementary and middle school students. Boston University hosts 25 exciting and challenging programs, covering a wide range of interests and disciplines.
Boston University Upward Bound
Upward Bound (UB) at Boston University is a federally funded college preparatory program for potential first-generation college and low-income Boston Public High School students. Students are expected to remain with the program until their graduation from high school. Program services include an academically intensive six-week summer residential program and an afterschool program of tutoring and academic courses during the school year.
Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Our Clubs serve millions of boys and girls, with thousands of Clubs at locations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Programming are in the areas of: Education & Career Programs; Character & Leadership Programs; Health & Life Skills; The Arts Programs; Sports, Fitness and Recreation; and Specialized Programs.
We provide a six-year, tuition free, year-round, academically rigorous study skills enrichment program that provides a pathway to college for middle and high school students. In the summer, middle school students attend a six-week academic program taught by high school and college students aspiring to be teachers. During the school year, the program continues two Saturdays a month, with a curriculum concentrating on academic areas that foster a lifelong love of learning. After the middle school component, students continue into the high school College Prep program.
Carleton Liberal Arts Experience – National
Carleton College is honored to host an inspiring summer program designed for the best and brightest college-bound students representing high schools across the country. The Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) will select 50 high school students who have just completed their sophomore year and bring them to Carleton, all expenses paid, for a one-week summer program. The CLAE program introduces the strengths of a liberal arts education through an array of courses in science, art, social sciences, and technology.
The City School Summer Leadership Program
The Summer Leadership Program provides sixty diverse teenagers with a summer of community building, self-rediscovery, leadership skills, action projects, internships at local nonprofits, and challenging seminars to transform themselves into powerful voices for change. Once accepted into the Summer Leadership Program, students participate in a three-day, two-night retreat in order to explore common bonds and build a sense of community. Then they launch into six and a half weeks of intensive seminar learning, service work, and concrete community action projects.
City Spotlights Leadership Program
The City Spotlights Leadership Program empowers youth to become leaders in school, at home, and in their communities using their creative voices. These teens spend seven weeks developing leadership and job development skills while also getting intensive dance, theatre and music classes and creating original performance pieces in all three performing arts areas.
CityLab – Boston University School of Medicine
In 1992, Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) pioneered an innovative, science education outreach program that has been disseminated across the country. CityLab is a biotechnology learning laboratory at BUSM serving students and teachers in grades 7-12. Programming includes summer enrichment, after-school sessions, summer apprenticeships, independent projects, and the CityLab Academy.
Classroom at the Workplace
Classroom at the Workplace combines academic preparation for the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) or the SAT with a paid summer job or school year career exploration experience. Classes are held at professional worksites to help students internalize the connection between education and a career, and to provide meaningful motivation to graduate from high school and pursue a postsecondary pathway.
College Bound Boston College
College Bound is a school/university academic enrichment and support program that benefits urban high school students from two Boston Public Schools—Brighton High School and West Roxbury High School. The program is both proactive and preventative and is designed to assist students in gaining access to, achieving success in, and graduating from post-secondary educational institutions to obtain careers of choice.
College Bound Dorchester
Everyday College Bound Dorchester's educators work with diverse populations between 3 months to 27 years of age, including at-risk youth, newly arrived immigrants and families struggling to provide educational support to their children. In each program, College Bound Dorchester provides educational services to the underserved and lays the foundation for future academic, economic and social success. College Bound Dorchester focuses on three major areas of education serving students from 0-80 years of age: Early Education, Out of School Time and College Connections.
Ages: Teen and up
Community Rowing, Inc. enriches the Greater Boston community through its comprehensive rowing opportunities for individuals. CRI promotes diversity in the sport of rowing through our programs which introduce avenues for athletic development and personal growth for both youth and adults. CRI’s programs introduce new rowers to the sport, offer training for competitive rowers, and support the under-represented within rowing.
Crimson Summer Academy
Over the course of three consecutive summers, 30 high-achieving students from Boston and Cambridge high schools engage in a stimulating mix of classes, projects, field trips and cultural activities as they prepare for success in college and beyond. These students are known as "Crimson Scholars"— promising young people who value being part of a community working toward a common purpose. After a period of orientation, Crimson Scholars live on Harvard's Cambridge campus from Sunday evenings through Friday afternoons, returning to their homes on weekends. Through small group instruction, sustained support, and close mentoring relationships with Harvard undergraduates, Crimson Scholars expand their vision of what's possible as they prepare for admission to challenging four-year colleges and universities.
Crossroads for Kids
Crossroads for Kids inspires at-risk youth to develop their innate potential to become members of the next generation of diverse young leaders in Boston and Massachusetts. Through a combination of immersive summer camp and year-round mentoring and enrichment programs, Crossroads provides youth ages 7 – 18 years old with comprehensive support, resources and opportunities which guide them toward academic success, higher education, meaningful careers and responsible citizenship.
CURE Program – Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
The CURE program introduces high school and college students from underrepresented populations to the world of cancer research by placing them in real research settings at local cancer research institutions. Our goal is to encourage students to pursue future careers in the biosciences — particularly cancer research — giving practical meaning to academic course work. At the same time, students make a valuable contribution to the DF/HCC research mission. By participating in a program at DF/HCC — an NCI comprehensive cancer center with more than 1000 researchers across seven Harvard institutions — students will learn from experts who are devoted to preventing, treating and curing cancer.
The Food Project Youth Programs
The Food Project's nationally recognized Youth Programs combine agriculture, enterprise, and service to create a rigorous, practical, and integrated experience. Teenagers from Greater Boston and the North Shore of eastern Massachusetts cultivate our urban and suburban farmland, participate in workshops, work with local hunger relief organizations, lead volunteers in the fields, and endeavor to expand community food access. All participants are introduced to The Food Project through our Summer Youth Program (SYP). For six and a half weeks, they cultivate our urban and suburban farmland and serve their communities by helping to run reduced-price farmers' markets, bringing food that they've grown to hunger relief organizations, and presenting community lunches. On completing SYP, youth who continue to work with us can participate in our Academic Year Program (AYP) and our Internship Program.
Freedom House offers high-quality educational programs which help students thrive, create, explore, challenge and grow. Programs include college prep, leadership development, civic engagement, technology and more.Harvard Project Success
Project Success: Opening the Door to Biomedical Careers is a program for Boston and Cambridge high school students only, particularly underrepresented and/or disadvantage students, to participate in paid, mentored, summer research internships at Harvard Medical School and its affiliated institutions. The program is augmented by seminars and workshops given by faculty and administrators, site visits, and career counseling.
High School Health Careers Program (HSHCP) – University of Massachusetts Medical School
The High School Health Careers Program (HSHCP) is a four week, tuition-free, day program. It offers current sophomore and junior high school students unique opportunities to learn about the broad spectrum of careers in Biomedical Research, Biotechnology and the health professions (BBHP). It is designed to improve academic study and communication skills of the participants. The program includes enrichment classes and classroom sessions. Additionally, the HSHCP offers participants internships that give them the opportunity to interact with physicians and other healthcare professionals. Upon successful completion of the program, each participant is awarded a Certificate of Achievement and a stipend.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund – National
The HSF's mission is to increase the number of Hispanic college graduates by awarding scholarships and assisting students and their families in navigating the barriers to college access and completion.
Horizons at Dedham Country Day School – National
Horizons at DCD draws students from the Dedham and Boston communities and provides free-of-charge a six-week program of academic and cultural enrichment, swimming lessons, weekly field trips, and social support. In each grade are students who are considered “achievers” and students who have potential but are under-performing in their classes and can benefit from a low student-teacher ratio. Targeted reading instruction, combined with project-based STEM and theme curricula, not only erases the “summer slide” but sends students back to school better prepared.
Hyde Square Task Force
Hyde Square Task Force has grown into a professionally-run nonprofit with deep community ties and a reputation as one of the most dynamic community-based organizations in Boston. We have expanded Each year, we serve 1000 youth ages 6-21 from Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and across Boston through leadership development, college preparation, arts and cultural enrichment, youth-led community organizing and positive community-building events.
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA)
IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción empowers individuals through education, workforce development and arts programs and creates vibrant affordable housing communities. IBA serves youth through: Escuelita Boriken, a bilingual and multicultural preschool, the Cacique Children's Learning Center after school program, and the Cacique Youth Learning Center.
The Institute for Pan African Cultural Education (P.A.C.E.)
The Institute for Pan African Cultural Education Inc. (P.A.C.E.) is committed to culture, education and social development for youth achievement. The vision of P.A.C.E. is to serve at risk youth through its Straight A’s Initiative and its Community & Youth Development Projects. Currently P.A.C.E. programs are located in Mattapan specifically to serve youth ages 5-14, promoting youth achievement through dance, drama, martial arts, music and celebratory events.
Institute of Contemporary Art Teen Programs
The Teen Arts Council consists of twelve ambitious high school students who share a common interest in the arts and public relations. The council organizes Teen Nights, assists upcoming artists, and various projects thoughout the year. The Fast Forward Program is for students serious about creating film, video and new media works. Fast Forward students have year-round access to professional artists, professional equipment and presentation opportunities locally and nationally. Various classes and Digital Workshops allow students of all skill levels and interests get involved in the creation of art in a variety of formats.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation – National
The Young Scholars Program provides the most personalized, generous scholarship experience in the nation. The Foundation works closely with Scholars and their families to construct a tailored educational program that includes, but is not limited to, support for summer programs, distance learning courses, and music and art instruction. Some Young Scholars attend a private school if none of their public school options adequately serve their academic potential; however, many stay in their public schools.
Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) – National
LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America) is a not-for-profit organization devoted to developing leaders for our nation by helping exceptional public high school students who come from underserved backgrounds gain admission to the country's leading colleges and universities.
Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers (LLRISE) – MIT
The Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers (LLRISE) program is a summer workshop teaching students how to build small radar systems. This summer STEM program is a free two-week residential project-based enrichment program for outstanding students currently in their junior year in high school. The program is typically held in mid-July.
Mathematics & Science for Minority Students (MS)2 – Phillips Academy Andover
The (MS)2 program was founded in 1977 to address the compelling need to cultivate the mathematical and scientific abilities of economically disadvantaged African American, Latino, and Native American high school students from targeted cities and communities across the United States. In a residential setting on the historic Phillips Academy campus, the three-summer program challenges students intellectually and exposes them to peers and educators with diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and aspirations.
Mayor's Youth Council
The Mayor's Youth Council is a group of high school juniors and seniors selected to serve as volunteer representatives of every neighborhood in the city. The young advocates outreach to Boston teens, inform them of existing opportunities and listen to suggestions on what the city can do to improve its youth oriented efforts. The City of Boston, in partnership with Northeastern University and the Boston Bar Association, has sponsored the Mayor's Youth Council since 1994. The MYC meets twice a month to participate in team building trainings, leadership seminars and public speaking workshops. About forty representatives are appointed each spring for a one-year term.
MGH Youth Programs
MGH Youth Programs aims to provide 465 youth each year with academic, life, and career skills that expand and enhance their educational and career options. MGH takes a “longitudinal approach” that recognizes the value of fostering STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills and interests in young people across a broad age spectrum, from 3rd grade to college. Students from schools and youth-serving programs across the Boston area participate in a variety of age-appropriate programs.
Minds Matter Boston – National
We forge relationships with guidance counselors in various schools throughout Boston, who then recommend their top sophomores to attend our program. Each accepted student is paired with two mentors who work together for the next three years. Our program consists of SAT/ACT training, Vocabulary and Writing & Critical Thinking workshops, application, scholarship and financial aid navigation techniques, career panels, college life assimilation tools, and various guest speakers and field trips. Every summer, we send each sophomore and junior mentee to a college summer program, and seniors to a leading four-year college, of his or her choice.
Minority Introduction to Engineering & Science (MITES) – MIT – National
Through the MITES (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) program, The Office of Engineering Outreach Programs offers three rigorous residential and online academic enrichment programs for promising high school juniors who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. By submitting a MITES application, students are automatically considered for one of three academic enrichment opportunities: a one-week residential program, a six-week residential program, and a six-month online enrichment program.
MIT Educational Studies Program
The MIT Educational Studies Program (ESP) is a student group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that recruits MIT students and community members to teach classes for high school and middle school students from the Boston area and beyond. We offer a variety of programs that range in size, scope, and style from the single-weekend Splash to the year-long Delve.
National Hispanic Institute – National
We are both a national and international organization that provides Latino young people with the structures and settings to envision themselves as future community leaders, practice their skills in leading and working with others, and engage in critical discussions to define their calling while preparing themselves for the mission of changing lives. Dedication to personal excellence, a strong belief in family and culture, and service to others are the core values and beliefs that drive the work of the Institute and embrace its vision.
National Space Club Scholars – National
The National Space Club Scholars Project is a summer intern experience for up to 30 high school students to work with space scientists and engineers. The purpose of this project is to provide students with an opportunity to experience how research and development organizations operate on a day-to-day basis in direct support of NASA's mission to inspire the next generation of explorers. Participants are assigned to work with a technical professional in a field related to the student's stated interests and expertise. The available areas of interest include Earth and space systems science, computer science, and engineering.
Ocean Engineering Experience – MIT
The Ocean Engineering Experience (OEX) summer academic program is a two-week opportunity for students entering 11th or 12th grade. OEX participants gain in-depth experience in the field of ocean engineering through hands-on design and fabrication experiences as they live, study, work, and eat together on the MIT campus, aiming to solve a real world engineering challenge.
Posse Boston – National
Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.
Princeton University Summer Journalism Program – National
We welcome about 20 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton's campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. The program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program.
QuestBridge – National
QuestBridge is a powerful platform bridging the nation's brightest, under-served youth and leading institutions of higher education and further opportunities. We are an aggregator of excellence. QuestBridge provides a single, internet-based meeting point which links exceptional students with colleges, scholarship providers, enrichment programs employers, and organizations seeking students who have excelled despite obstacles. By facilitating these exchanges, QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation's best universities and the ranks of national leadership itself.
Research Science Institute – MIT – National
Each summer, 80 of the world's most accomplished high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Research Science Institute (RSI). RSI is the first cost-free to students, summer science & engineering program to combine on-campus course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research. RSI scholars first participate in a week of intensive STEM classes with accomplished professors. The heart of RSI is the five week research internship where students conduct individual projects under the tutelage of mentors who are experienced scientists and researchers. During the final week of RSI, students prepare written and oral presentations on their research projects.
Salem State University Upward Bound
The Salem State University Upward Bound Program provides comprehensive program services to a select group of Lawrence Public Schools students. The Salem State University Upward Bound Program offers academic instruction, tutoring and enrichment activities throughout the school year and during a six-week summer program.
Saturday Engineering Enrichment & Discovery (SEED) – MIT
The Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy is an academic enrichment and career exploration program for students who attend public school and also live in Boston, Cambridge and Lawrence, Massachusetts. Our primary mission is to increase the number of traditionally underserved local students in the pipeline to the technical workforce. We provide participants with an interesting, hands-on curriculum that strengthens their foundational math, science and communication skills; a challenging learning environment with high expectations; and access to positive role models.
Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) – National
The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.
Science of Baseball – MIT
The MIT Science of Baseball Program (MSBP), a four-week summer program, is aimed at improving the mathematics and science skills of entering eighth and ninth grade boys who attend Boston and Cambridge public schools by building on their interest in baseball to learn physics and math.
Scientific Scholars Program – Forsyth
The Scientific Scholars Program includes an eight-week paid internship for Boston Public High School students. The program pairs students with Forsyth researchers as mentors. Over the summer, the interns learn basic laboratory techniques and participate in ongoing research projects. At the end of the program, students present scientific posters describing their findings. Students may continue working on their projects during the academic year.
The Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) – National
The High School STEP-UP provides hands-on summer research experience for high school students interested in exploring research careers in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. The program provides exposure to the core NIDDK mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; and kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.
Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) – National
The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is a four-week residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Each July, select high school students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands-on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering.
Since 1968, Sociedad Latina has worked in partnership with Latino youth and families to end destructive cycles of poverty, health inequities, and lack of educational and professional opportunities in our community. Through our Pathways to Success model we pioneer solutions to the most pressing issues facing Latino youth today, supporting positive youth development from age 10-21, creating a community that supports young people, and training all youth to advocate for themselves and their communities. At the core of The Pathways to Success, Sociedad Latina's Education Programs are designed to address the needs of Latino students in Boston Public Schools. Our solution is a blend of four closely aligned educational programs designed to boost student achievement, build 21st century skills, engage parents, and prepare every student for success in college or career.
SquashBusters is a sports-based after-school youth enrichment program located in Boston and Lawrence, Massachusetts. We use the sport of squash, in combination with academic enrichment/homework tutoring, community service, school counseling and placement, and summer opportunities to improve the lives of Boston and Lawrence youth.
Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR) – National
This is an eight-week program in which high school students from diverse backgrounds are invited to perform basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers on a medically-oriented project. The goals of the program include increasing interest in biological sciences and medicine in high school students, helping students to understand how scientific research is performed, and increasing diversity of students and researchers in the sciences.
Stanford Medical Youth Science Program – National
The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program works to increase knowledge about the sciences and health professions, and offer guidance about the college admissions process to low-income and/or underrepresented minority students. To meet this goal, SMYSP offers a university-based five-week Summer Residential Program and school-based academic year health disparities curriculum.
STEM Summer Institute – MIT
The Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Program is a year-round academic enrichment opportunity provided free of charge to talented middle school students who want to get ahead in math and science.
Steppingstone Foundation *
Steppingstone runs three programs in Boston: The Steppingstone Academy, which prepares underserved Boston students to get into and succeed at selective independent and public exam schools as a pathway to college; the National Partnership for Educational Access, which serves over 200 organizations dedicated to college access for underserved students; and the new College Success Academy, which provides academic preparation and support services to students attending partner public K8 schools, in order to increase the number of Boston students earning college degrees.
Student Career Opportunity Outreach Program (SCOOP) – Boston Children's Hospital
The summer student internship program is open to high school students starting from rising sophomore to senior year. The program will place you in patient service areas throughout Children’s Hospital Boston. There are ten positions available. During your internship you will learn more about the delivery of healthcare and will participate as a team member in the care of our patients.
Suffolk University Upward Bound
This program works with a group of Boston Public high school students and provides both academic enrichment activities and guidance through the college application and financial aid process. There are three main components of the Upward Bound program: 1) after school tutoring, 2) Saturday sessions, and 3) the summer program.
Summer Humanities Institute – Stanford – National
Students will spend three weeks on the beautiful Stanford campus, living in residence. They will spend the first two weeks intensively studying and researching a topic in history or philosophy, attending daily lectures by the faculty members, and participating in group discussions and activities in the afternoon. During their third week, students will work closely with their professors, graduate students, and writing mentors to produce original research projects. These papers present an opportunity for students to use what they have learned at Stanford to develop their own answers to the central questions that are addressed by the humanities.
Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP) – National
Ages: 16 and over
Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. The NIH Institutes and the Office of Intramural Training & Education sponsor a wide range of summer activities including lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day.
Summer Pathways – Boston University
Summer Pathways is an opportunity for young women to discover the infinite possibilities that await them in scientific fields. Students arrive on a Friday afternoon, and for the duration of the seven-day program, live in a Boston University dormitory. Program participants will meet with undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and members of industry from across disciplines, and will be given plenty of opportunity to ask questions and find out more information about various careers and the college admission process.
Summer Research with the National Institute on Drug Abuse – National
Ages: 15 and over
This program is designed to provide high school and undergraduate students from underrepresented groups with meaningful research experiences and mentorship in the field of drug abuse and addiction. Each year up to 50 NIDA research investigators offer their labs and their time for eight to ten weeks to mentor up to 60 students interested in drug abuse research.
Summer Search – National
The mission of Summer Search is to find resilient low-income high school students and inspire them to become responsible and altruistic leaders by providing year-round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college advising, and a lasting support network.
Summer Transportation Institute – University of Massachusetts Boston
Summer Transportation Institute at UMass Boston is designed to create awareness and stimulate interest in high school students to take full advantage of the opportunities that exist in the transportation industry. This is a non-residential program. Applications from women, minority, and students with disabilities are highly encouraged.
Teachers and High School Students Program – Tufts University
Ages: 16 and up
The Teachers and High School Students Program was founded in the fall of 1989 with the goals of exposing interested high school students of varied backgrounds to health care and related professions, and providing support in their academic and personal development. Selected high school students participate in a seven-week program, and spend up to 25 hours per week in various clinical and bench research positions throughout our Boston Health Sciences Campus. Students' experiences span the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nutrition, Sackler School of Biomedical Research and the Tufts Medical Center. Students complete an independent study and are expected to present their findings at the end of the program.
Tech Apprentice Program – TechBoston
The Tech Apprentice Program is a seven-week summer internship opportunity at local companies for technology skilled high school juniors and seniors from Boston and the Metro Boston area. These talented high school students are considering pursuing IT majors in college, and they need a work-based experience to focus their efforts and understand the options available to them in the high tech arena.
Telluride Association Sophomore Summer – National
Telluride works with university faculty to create exciting courses designed to inspire young people to explore the histories, politics and cultural experiences of people of African descent and a variety of other topics.
Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) – National
A Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) is a six-week educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college. Each program is designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. Telluride students, or TASPers, attend a seminar led by college and university scholars and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom.
Founded in 1999, Tenacity is a Boston-based organization dedicated to helping at-risk urban youth develop skills, build character and find pathways to excellence. Combining tennis and fitness with literacy, tutoring and mentoring activities, Tenacity has served over 20,000 kids through after-school, in school and summer programs.
Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP) – Trinity Boston Foundation
TEEP is a tuition-free, out-of-school time program for Boston Public middle and high school students (7th-12th grades). Our mission is to create a safe community where every member is inspired to discover, empowered to engage, and individually affirmed. Our programming includes a five-week summer program and many year-round offerings, all based upon our core values, the 5 Rs: Respect, Responsibility, Restraint, Reciprocity, and Redemption.
University of Massachusetts Boston Upward Bound
Upward Bound is an intensive, year-round college-preparatory program. Our mission is to assist low-income, first-generation college bound high school students in the successful completion of secondary education and prepare them academically and socially for enrollment and completion of higher education. This is accomplished by providing participants with rigorous and nurturing academic courses; tutoring services; college-preparatory workshops; academic, college, and financial aid advising; career exploration; leadership opportunities; and cultural enrichment. Upward Bound offers services to students through an after-school program and monthly Saturday Seminar series at UMass Boston during the school year and a six-week residential academic program at Regis College during the summer.
Urban Scholars Program – University of Massachusetts
The Urban Scholars Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston is a year-round program featuring advanced after-school classes, seminars, tutoring, and supervised study. The purpose of Urban Scholars is to provide talented urban students with the academic skills and the motivation to achieve at the limits of their potential. Our overarching goal is to enable our students to assume positions of leadership and achievement in society.
Ventures Scholars – National
The Ventures Scholars Program is a national nonprofit membership program designed to promote access to higher education for young adults interested in pursuing math- and science-based careers.
W.E.B. Dubois Scholars Institute – National
The W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute provides leadership, scholarship, community service, and entrepreneur training along with exposure to science and technology for high-achieving youth attending secondary schools. It was founded with an aim to develop a cadre of brilliant leaders/activist scholars with a commitment to contributing their talents for the betterment of others by solving major problems facing our society.
Wheelock College Education Outreach
The College supports a wide variety of initiatives that further our commitment to enacting positive change in our community. These range from an arts outreach program for high school students to a partnership that is revitalizing a community center in one of Boston's most underserved neighborhoods to conferences and programs that help improve educational instruction to Youth Symposiums that gather hundreds of area middle and high school students for a dialogue about civic engagement, self-respect, and other topics.
Women's Technology Program (WTP) – MIT
The MIT Women's Technology Program (WTP) is a rigorous four-week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in the summer after 11th grade.
Worcester Pipeline Collaborative
In 1996, the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) made a conscious commitment to get directly involved with the public education system to help improve and strengthen the curricula of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Partnership activities include: mentoring, job-shadowing, tutoring, clinical, research internships, after-school science programs, visiting scientist programs, a speaker's bureau and family involvement activities. Through these efforts, students learn to set high expectations for themselves, as they participate in rigorous K-12 mathematics and science curricula, and develop language skills required to enter competitive collegiate programs.
WriteBoston Summer Journalism Institute
WriteBoston’s Teens in Print Summer Journalism Institute (SJI), based at The Boston Globe and Northeastern University, is a six-week program that offers young people the opportunity to gain in-depth experience in the field of journalism. In addition to receiving expert adult mentoring, teens learn important basic skills such as interviewing, fact checking, and writing news stories, commentaries, and feature articles. Many students who attend the Summer Journalism Institute become Teens in Print staff members and writers during the school year.
YMCA Achievers Program
The YMCA Achievers Program is dedicated to helping all urban youth reach their fullest potential. Many of Boston's youth graduate high school and are left to navigate the college process by themselves. From College Path to the Summer Institute, we provide educational enrichment opportunities to prepare for college and career.
Young Adult Writers Program – Grub Street
Grub Street throws open its doors one Saturday each month, offering free creative writing workshops to Boston-area teenagers, ages 14 to 18. We also host intensive paid teen writing camps and a Summer Teen Writing Fellowship, which immerses high school students in the writer's life of creative craft and publishing. Our summer fellows work with published authors on original prose and poetry, meet with literary agents and editors, take field trips to inspirational locales like the ICA, and much more.
Young Scholars Program – Northeastern University
The Young Scholars Program offers future scientists and engineers a unique opportunity for hands-on experience while still in high school. The program is open to Boston area applicants who have completed either their sophomore or junior year in high school. Students will participate in: laboratory research, career exploration, educational counseling, field trips, and more.
Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health – Stanford – National
The Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health is a four day conference at Stanford University. High school students from across the country are invited to attend to gain leadership skills for effecting change in local communities. Conference participants will meet other students interested in making a difference in public health. Leading medical experts, professors, and policymakers will speak on issues of Asian and Pacific Islander health. Students will also have a chance to apply the skills they gain in an outreach planning simulation.
Youth to Health Careers – Boston Area Health Education Center
The mission of the Massachusetts AHEC Network is to increase access to quality health care through the development of community-academic educational partnerships. The Youth to Health Careers Program offers educational programs designed in such a way that a student can start in the 8th grade and continue through high school. Students explore the health field through BAHEC signature courses, public health symposiums, interdisciplinary projects, internships and field trips.