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Summer Programs

Growing Up NYC's Summer Programs

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Looking for more ways to keep your family active and healthy this summer? Check out summer programs below, or visit the Coronavirus Updates page or the Summer Guide on Growing Up NYC. 

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Summer Resources

Families with kids of all ages

Growing Up NYC Summer Guide

Find free indoor and outdoor activities for kids of all ages, the latest guidance on COVID-19 health and safety, and more. 

Start your summer

Teens and young adults

Generation NYC Summer Fun

Visit the Summer Fun page to find guidance, activities, and more for teens and young adults to make the most of the time off of school.

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Summer programs

Apply by Wednesday, June 15

SYEP Summer Bridge

This virtual program gives youth ages 14–21 the chance to learn new skills, explore careers, and earn money this summer. Youth ages 22–24 can the Youth Connect hotline at 800-246-4646 to learn more about program eligibility. Learn more or apply online now. 

Week-long sessions until July 31

Virtual Summer Dance Program

Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center's Virtual Summer Program is a donation-based program for dancers ages 3–18. It improves technique, self-confidence, and artistry in many styles of dance, as well as photography and other projects.

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Week-long sessions until August 14

Tech Scholars Online

NY Historical Society's program invites high school students to learn to code online in a supportive, all-girl environment. Sign up for week-long sessions with different topics, such as web design and video games. 

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Fill out the census in ten minutes

By completing the census, you'll directly impact the amount of funding the City receives for essential social services for the next decade.

Help your community by filling out the census today.

COVID-19 Updates

Families with kids of all ages

Coronavirus Updates page

As NYC begins to open, we'll continue to provide updates about health guidelines, services, and resources to help those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Find coronavirus information and support

Families with children of all ages

Return to school 2020

NYC Schools has announced a plan for keeping students and families healthy during Fall 2020. Learn more about their plan for in-person and remote learning. 

Learn more

All New Yorkers

Summer Grab & Go Meals

School's out, but NYC will continue to provide free Grab & Go meals to any New Yorker that wants them this summer. Find a free meal location near you. 

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All New Yorkers

Getting tested for COVID-19

Everyone should get tested for COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms. Testing is free, quick, and easy. Protect your family and community, and get tested today.

Find a testing location near you

City Limits' Youth Journalism Internship

City Limits, a nonprofit news outlet founded in 1976, is currently accepting applications for its CLARIFY (City Limits Accountability Reporting Initiative for Youth) journalism internship for the summer of 2020. This is an excellent opportunity for young people interested in media, writing and/or civic issues.

Please note: due to safety concerns around the COVID-19 crisis, City Limits is preparing to operate this summer’s internship remotely if needed. A final determination will be made at a later date, and accepted applicants will be notified at that time.

City Limits interns will be trained in the essential tenets of reporting and news writing, including research, interviewing, investigative techniques, media ethics, story structure, photojournalism and more. They’ll get a chance to meet and hear from guest journalists as well as take field trips to professional newsrooms across the city (these will be conducted virtually, if needed). Participants will work on locally-focused news stories about important New York City issues, with the goal of getting those stories published in City Limits. Click here to read some of our previous interns’ work.

Dates & hours: The summer 2020 program is being offered in two separate four-week sessions, one running from June 29-July 24 and the other from August 3-August 28. Interns will work approximately 20 hours per week, from Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those who perform successfully in the program will earn a $1,000 stipend.

Eligibility requirements: Applicants must reside within New York City, and be entering either their junior or senior year of high school (11th and 12th grades) or their first year of college in the fall of 2020. They should have an interest in writing and current events, and should be curious about the world around them.

To apply, please fill out and submit our online application form by May 25:

Questions? Email


Jeanmarie Evelly
Deputy Editor & Youth Program Manager
8 West 126th Street
New York, NY 10027
646-693-4459 ext. 466

Summer Academy Programs

The First and Second Grade Summer Academy

The First and Second Grade Summer Academy is for students who want to explore and create this summer. Students will learn through play and engaging lessons, giving them a jumpstart on the next grade.

  • Student Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in first and second grade
  • Location: Programs are located in every district across the city

Multilingual Learners Summer Academy

The Multilingual Learners Summer Academy is a great way for students to strengthen their academic skills through fun and engaging lessons. Students will participate in hands-on activities designed to support their language skills and prepare them to excel in the next grade. Additional programs are available for students enrolled in Spanish and Mandarin bilingual classes during the school year.

  • Student Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in first – eighth grade
  • Location: Programs are located in every borough across the city

Community Schools Elementary Summer Academy

The Community Schools Elementary Summer Academy is for students who want to play, learn, and explore during the summer. Students attending participating Community Schools can enroll in the full-day program, which includes hands-on STEM projects, art, games, and team building activities led by school and CBO staff.

  • Student Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in first – eighth grade
  • Location: Programs are located in every borough across the city

Summer School

Summer School is for students who were not promoted to the next grade after finishing the regular school year. Students attending Summer School receive additional instruction to prepare them for the next school year through engaging reading and math curriculum, and participating in field trips to cultural sites across the city. 

Your student's school will notify you in June if your child is recommended for Summer School. After completing Summer School, the school will review your student’s work and assessments from Summer School and the regular school year to determine if they can move up to the next grade in September.

Please contact your student’s principal if you have questions about whether they should attend Summer School.

New York City public school students receive first priority for Summer School enrollment. All other applicants are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to seat availability.

Summer in the City

Summer in the City offers a variety of free and exciting opportunities through the Summer Academy and Summer School programs. Students spend the summer participating in engaging lessons and hands-on STEM activities, along with taking field trips to museums, parks, and other cultural sites.

Summer in the City provides transportation and all students will receive a free, healthy breakfast and lunch.

Registration for Summer Academy enrichment programs launch each spring.