CitySprouts Middle School Program integrates three areas critical to young people’s success: 1) building a sound foundation for making good nutrition choices for life-long health, 2) providing opportunities for engaging in science and engineering in the garden and 3) supporting young people’s healthy social-emotional development.
Summer Program in Cambridge
CitySprouts’ tuition-free summer program provides a unique opportunity for young people to learn firsthand about the natural ecology of their local environment, starting with the school garden. They learn the skills to grow food in the school garden and to prepare delicious, healthy meals from the harvest. They explore the intersection of ecosystems, food systems and social systems in their community in a month-long internship that culminates with youth-designed projects.
After-School Program in Cambridge & Boston
Our after-school program for middle school youth combines cooking, gardening and engineering as students explore how to create the perfect pizza, to design and construct hoop houses in the school garden or to plan and plant a garden. CitySprouts’ after-school clubs revolve around two key questions posed to students: what decisions do we have the power to make? Who do those decisions affect, and how?
CitySprouts’ middle school programs depend on several partnerships, including our partner middle schools in Boston and Cambridge, FoodCorps, Cambridge Youth Programs, and our corps of five college fellows recruited to support our summer program each year.