CitySprouts Middle School Program provides a unique opportunity for young people ages 10-14 to learn firsthand about the natural ecology of their local environment, starting with the school garden. Through the summer and after school, middle schoolers explore the intersection of ecosystems, food systems and social systems in their community. Our program is designed to make positive changes in young people’s food systems knowledge and healthy food choice, deepen their interest in science, technology engineering, math (STEM), and help build a foundation for healthy social emotional skills.
Read more about outcomes and evaluation in our latest Middle School Snapshot.
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After-School Program in Cambridge & Boston
CitySprouts 15 week after-school program for middle school youth is held at all four Cambridge Upper Schools as well as the Orchard Gardens Pilot School and the Higginson Lewis K-8 in Boston.
Summer Program in Cambridge
CitySprouts’ tuition-free summer program is held at the four Upper Schools in Cambridge. In this month long internship youth take care of their school garden, go on field trips, cook their own lunch each day, explore the garden ecosystem, and create projects to address social justice issues in the food system and their community. Each intern who completes the internship receives $100 to mark what they’ve learned and the contributions they’ve made to their school and neighborhood.
The internship is open to rising 6th-9th graders who will be 11-14 years old during the summer. Interns can participate for either of the two four-week sessions (June 26th-July 21st OR July 24th-August 18th). To apply for this summer’s program, download the application here, apply online here, or find an application in your school library.
New Partnership with Science Club for Girls! Do you identify as a girl? Interested in joining Science Club for Girls FREE summer program? SCFG STEMinistas will work in teams creating an invention to solve a human issue based on the natural world! CitySprouts is partnering with SCFG to offer a two week Mon-Thurs 1:30-3:30 pm session at Putnam Ave Upper School, during the CitySprouts Summer Internship! All CitySprouts girls are eligible for SCFG STEMinistas. If you are interested please indicate on the CitySprouts application and we will be in touch with further details!
In addition to middle schoolers, we’re looking for college students who want to work in our summer program as Summer Fellows.
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