Hello! Hope to see you at our next MSN Zoom Meeting next week, June 3rd. Register here!
Summer is fast approaching and I know you all have questions about what programs are available and how to register. Below are a few options that are currently recruiting for a virtual summer. Check out FindItCambridge.org for more information on summer.
CitySprouts Summer Program A 5 week project-based STEM program for 11-14 year olds. Program will be run remotely this year. It is no cost to families. Participants will receive a $100 stipend once completed. Applications accepted until June 12th. Here is the link to the application: https://www.citysprouts.org/summer-application-2020
Summer Ink day camps to transform the writing skills of students in 5th through 8th grade through adventure, sports, and arts activities. 1- week sessions beginning July 6-July 31st. A box of materials for the program will be provided for participants. Find the application here: https://bit.ly/2TObGsy
Cambridge Youth Enrichment Program (CYEP) camp offering academic enrichment in Cambridge. Camp will run from Monday July 6th-Friday, August 7th. CYEP will offer 2-3 hours per day of online workshops and one on one mentoring and tutoring. Staff will provide families with activities that they can do at home. Camps will also send home a summer activity kit with materials for art, STEM, and physical movement. Cost: $40. You can find the application here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4823898
For girls and those who identify with girlhood:
Science Club for Girls Virtual Rocketry Program: Free for girlx in 5-8th grade. Participants will be making model rockets, talking about women astronauts and aerospace engineering and then launching the rockets in small groups. SCFG will drop off a box of materials to each girl before the program. Program will take place over Zoom July 6-July 17, 1:30pm - 3:30pm Mondays-Fridays. Applications are due by June 30th. Here is the link to the application: https://www.tfaforms.com/4812458
For current 7th graders only:
Work Force Summer Learning and Literacy Program a free six-week summer program for rising 8th grade (current 7th grade) The goal is to empower students to become active owners of and advocates in their own education. Through youth-initiated research, group projects, peer to peer learning, guest speakers, and field trips. Students receive up to a $200 Stipend for full participation in the program. You can find the application here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4813892
For current 8th graders only:
Upward Bound : College prep program for rising 9th graders going to CRLS in September. There will be no residential element this year. Families should complete the Student Pre-Application to determine their eligibility to continue on to the full application process.
N.B. The City of Cambridge still intends to offer the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program this summer. There are no updates at this time.
Putnam Ave Upper School
Middle School Network
Cambridge Youth Programs/Moses Youth Center
Phone: (857) 209-4524
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Register here for our next Middle School Network.
Video conference information will be posted prior to the meeting time.
Annie’s intro: When we think of a school counselor, most of us likely don’t imagine a face in a square box on a screen. Yet we also know that young people need support from adults who care about them, are trained in difficult situations, and ready to help. But what does that look like, especially for young people who have trouble asking for help? When something is not feeling right, they can’t just stop by for a chat anymore.
Mariel Santos-Dugan, School Counselor at Amigos K-8, writes about some of the approaches she’s tried in adapting how she gives and offers support. Mariel also works at Amigos on getting young people into out-of-school-time programs, and has previously worked in Boston Public Schools as a high school counselor.
Mariel Santos-Dugan: These last few weeks of distant learning have been challenging as I have struggled to come up with the best ways to reach out to my students. I found guidance and support through two Facebook Groups created to support school counselors to connect and share resources; Caught In The Middle School Counselors and Elementary School Counselor Exchange.
Pilot MSN Peer Share: Diving into Virtual Programming for Middle Schoolers on Friday, April 10, 10am
Register here to hear more from a few network members who have already been doing some kind of virtual programming for young people. No one is an expert, but as the individuals who have taken the dive into the world of virtual youth programming, we want to hear more from them about what they've tried, what they found and the lessons they've already learned in this brave new world.
Come join for this informal discussion and ask your questions!
These illustrious MSN members will be talking about their experiences so far:
Our MSN will meet on April 1st, 10am-12noon. Register on Sched (https://sched.co/bYhD) and the facilitator will send you instructions about how to join. In the meantime, stay safe, stay strong, and stay connected.
Did you miss the First Annual Galentine's Day event? We missed you, but you can read more about it in this article in Scout Cambridge. Thank you to everyone who helped put this event together, from those who gave input to those who showed up on a Saturday to volunteer and provide this amazing experience for the girlx of Cambridge.
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Continuing the Conversation over Coffee
Here we go! February is the shortest month of the year, but maybe that extra day tagged on is the reason why we have so many awesome programs starting up. Take a look and what is up and coming for young people, including opportunities for February Vacation Week, as well as the first annual Galentine's Day!
Coming Up Soon!
Neighborhood Design Project paid design thinking internship. Young people work 4-8 hours per week. Only 12 spots open to 8th graders (4 per youth center) applications due by Feb. 3rd.
MIT Code IT an introduction to Computer Science starts Feb 29th
February Vacation Week
Galentine's Day conference for middle schoolers to come together to support each other and build their personal networks. Workshops on self care, quilting, personal branding, zumba and more. Hosted by Youth Connectors!
CYP Challenge Week! Display your skills in various athletic, trivia, minute to win it challenges and win points for your team! Fun field trips included. Application deadline is February 12th
Maud Morgan AmaZINE Prints! students will use printmaking techniques to make an edition of zines using a variety of media. No experience necessary.
All City Drumline no experience required
Indoor Soccer Free pick-up soccer games. Players can come as often as they wish.
Snow Shoveling Young people who are interested in earning some extra money are matched with seniors and persons with disabilities who need assistance clearing snow from their property.
Bridging the Gap Free12 week middle school life skills program. Participants earn a laptop at the end of program.
humanities first approach. Then build robotic prototypes to address problems.
Thank you to those who attended the meeting on Wednesday, January 8th. If the conversation in that room at the Moses Youth Center is any indication of how the year will go, the future of 2020 sure looks bright.
We used our time together to pause, reflect, and take a look back at our personal experiences in school to begin to build empathy for the experiences our young people are facing now. We started the meeting by looking at the Agenda for Children OST recommended Ways of Being. If you've been looking for staff meeting agreements, we highly suggest using these as a way to practice anti-racism through our relationships.
We explored the question: What is an experience in your life as a student/scholar that has had an effect on the way you view, experience and live your life as a racialized human being? The courage in that room from folks to reach back and look at (sometimes painful) past experiences is a crticial part of the antiracist work we need to be doing to leave a (more) just and peaceful world for our young people.
So now what? Here are some next steps you can take for yourself and on-site to continue this work: