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. Students explore STEM and social justice topics through experiences in the kitchen and the garden.
Summer Program in Cambridge & Boston
CitySprouts’ tuition-free summer program is held at the four Upper Schools in Cambridge and, for the first time this year, at the Holmes Elementary School in Boston. 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 students who will be 11-14 years old during the summer program. Our Boston session runs July 5th- July 28th. Interns in Cambridge can participate for one of two four-week sessions (June 26-July 21 or July 24-August 18).
Applications are now open on a rolling basis for our Boston site! Download the application here or apply online here. Applications for our 2017 Cambridge summer program officially closed on May 5th. If your student missed the deadline and is interested in CitySprouts programming, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information about fall clubs.
New Partnership with Science Club for Girls! CitySprouts is partnering with SCFG to offer a two week Mon-Thurs afternoon program at Putnam Ave Upper School this summer! CFG STEMinistas will work in teams creating an invention to solve a human issue based on the natural world. Applications for this year have closed. Contact Science Club for Girls with questions or for more information.
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