Middle School Program
Through CitySprouts’ Middle School Program, young people ages 11 to 14 learn more about the natural world and their community, starting in the garden. Our curriculum is rooted in project-based activities that draw on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) practices. Kids learn about healthy food by cooking and eating food they’ve grown in the school garden. They think about their future work and careers by meeting people engaged in STEM and green economy fields. They are a voice for environmental justice in their own neighborhoods. We recognize the very real gaps in access to STEM fields based on young people’s economic background, race and culture, and gender. As an issue of social justice, we are committed to ensuring that all youth see their own potential in STEM careers.
Program Information for Families
Our tuition-free programs are for young people living in Boston and Cambridge. For more information or to enroll in one of our out-of-school time programs click here.
CitySprouts & BoSTEM
CitySprouts’ Middle School Program is a charter member of the BoSTEM Initiative to improve young people’s STEM learning and social-emotional health. Facilitated jointly by United Way and Boston After School & Beyond, BoSTEM brings together a coalition of high performing nonprofits who are committed to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps for students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM learning and to inspire and prepare Boston youth to succeed in 21st century careers.
CitySprouts Summer Youth Program is a 6-week program for rising 6th – 8th graders based in the school garden in July and August. Through cooking and gardening, structured STEM activities and field trips, youth explore how STEM and food systems intersect with social justice in their communities as they develop their own group project.
Our semester-length After-School Program is held at six middle schools in Cambridge and Boston in fall or spring. At each site, our program is framed around a semester-long project using science and engineering practices to explore food systems in the garden, classroom and community. If you would like more information or to enroll please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth leadership team
Our new Youth Leadership Team (YLT) is a bi-monthly club for young people who’ve been a part of CitySprouts after school or summer programming and want to go deeper. It is a year-long commitment and is structured to allow youth to develop more independent projects in the neighborhood. The YLT is a vehicle for youth leadership and voice in the community around STEM, food systems and environmental justice.