CitySprouts Middle School Program provides a unique opportunity for young people to experience the ecology of their local environment, starting with the school garden. Through our summer internships and after school clubs, 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 peoples food systems knowledge and healthy food choice; deepen their interest in science, technology engineering, math (STEM); and build a foundation for healthy social emotional skills.
Read more about outcomes and evaluation in our latest Middle School Snapshot.
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Summer Program in Cambridge & Boston
CitySprouts’ tuition-free summer program is held at the four Upper Schools in Cambridge and Orchard Gardens and McKay schools in Boston. In this six week long internship youth ages 11-14 take care of their school garden, go on field trips, cook lunch each day, explore the garden ecosystem, and create projects to address social justice issues in the food system and their community.
This year the internship will run from July 2th- August 10th. The internship is free, and the youth who complete it fully receive a $150 stipend. Youth must be available for the entire six week session (youth can miss 4.5 days for excused absences).
Applications for our 2018 Cambridge & Boston summer program are now closed.
After-School Program in Cambridge & Boston
CitySprouts holds one-semester after-school clubs for middle school youth at our partner middle schools throughout the year. Students explore STEM and social justice topics through experiences in the kitchen and the garden. This spring we offered our brand new Climate Justice curriculum at Cambridge Street Upper School, Vassal Lane Upper School, and the McKay School.
Youth Leadership Team
Middle schoolers who have already participated in our programming are invited to join the first ever Youth Leadership Team! The team meets once a month throughout the school year and is a full year commitment. Youth help shape CitySprouts programming by giving feedback and testing new activities and recipes. They also embark on small group projects that allow them to further explore specific garden and food related interests of their own.