Community Programs

Summer Opportunities

These programs are not funded or overseen by the City of Providence or PPSD. Information and descriptions has been submitted by the organizations themselves.

To have your program listed, please fill out this form: https://forms.office.com/g/zwGnJgwSDZ

The Alliance of RI Southeast Asians for Education

In this program, we will explore our identity, history, and issues that matter to us through the lens of Ethnic studies. Ethnic studies is a study of race, ethnicity, and indignity with an emphasis on the experiences of people of color in the United States. We will learn from communities of color intergenerational worldviews, memories, experiences, identities, narratives, and voices by engaging in conversations, examining multiple forms of media, and engaging in experiential learning opportunities.

City Year Providence

City Year AmeriCorps members play a critical role in helping students connect with their school community and engage in their learning. We’re currently accepting applications for full-year positions serving the 2024-2025 school year. To apply, visit https://www.cityyear.org/apply-now/

Fire Department Public Education

Registration coming soon

Providence Promise

PVD Promise empowers families and students with the tools and resources they need to be successful in their K-12 and post-secondary endeavors through robust Family and Youth Engagement Programs. Programming is community-responsive, bilingual in English and Spanish, and planned in partnership with member councils. Providence Promise provides 10-12 workshops and events per month that families and youth can participate in.

Families can either register by clicking this link to enroll: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhdr3ao-IIrmRhOr0K8HFhMol7XHhQPairJunmP-xszMex0Q/viewform, (on the form, under the “How did you hear about us?” question, families can indicate that they learned about Providence Promise from Eat Play Learn.) Families can also enroll by calling to Juan Rosales at 401-305-0496 or email Jrosales@pvdpromise.org.

Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England

Girl Scout camps inspire curiosity, discovery, and problem-solving, all while helping campers to develop courage and teamwork skills. Not only will your camper experience activities like rock climbing, archery, boating, hiking, and off-campus excursions, they will also make new friends and memories that last a lifetime!

Boy Scouts of America: Narragansett Council

Providing the scouting program to kids ages 6-17, throughout the school year and during summer camp.

For more information, visit www.ncbsa.org/join. You can also learn how to receive a discount for summer camp on the site.

Farm Fresh is a local food hub located in the city of providence! At our HQ, we host a winter farmers market that is the biggest in New England. Throughout the summer, we run 5 smaller markets throughout RI. All of our markets accept SNAP and participate in our Bonus Bucks Program.

Markets are free to visit. SNAP Registration takes place through Healthy RHODE.

Farm Fresh RI

Federal Hill House Association

School Age Child Care & Summer Learning Program: to promote academic engagement, social and emotional development, and a love of learning (ages 6-12) School Age Child Care & Summer Learning Program: para promover el compromiso académico, el desarrollo social y emocional y el amor por el aprendizaje (de 6 a 12 años) Providence Talks: the only language enrichment program that brings parents, children, and educators together to enhance language development and learning during the critical early years of 0-3. Providence Talks: el único programa de enriquecimiento del lenguaje que reúne a padres, niños y educadores para mejorar el desarrollo y el aprendizaje del lenguaje durante los primeros años críticos de 0 a 3 años. Family Support Team: Support families across the agency and the community accessing services. Coach parents around child learning and development. Ensure participants and neighbors know what we do especially during community events and Family informative sessions. Family Support Team: Apoyar a las familias de toda la agencia y de la comunidad para que accedan a los servicios. Entrenar a los padres sobre el aprendizaje y el desarrollo infantil. Asegúrese de que los participantes y vecinos sepan lo que hacemos, especialmente durante los eventos comunitarios y las sesiones informativas familiares.

Register on our website www.federalhillhouse.org

CCAP (Learn To Earn)

CCAP’s Employment, Training, and Education Programs assist the youth of Rhode Island ages 14 – 24 through free education, training programs, work readiness workshops, and job placement assistance. Los programas de empleo, capacitación y educación del CCAP ayudan a los jóvenes de Rhode Island de entre 14 y 24 años a través de educación gratuita, programas de capacitación, talleres de preparación para el trabajo y asistencia para la colocación laboral.

Register on our website www.federalhillhouse.org

Providence After School Alliance

AfterZone STEAM Summer Camp: Providence After School Alliance (PASA) will be offering a FREE 5 week long STEAM camp for middle school youth in Greater Providence! The camp will run Monday through Friday, beginning July 8th and ending August 9th. The camp’s hours will be from 9:00am-3:30pm. The camp will include a weekly field trip to museums, aquariums, and cultural learning centers. Participants will be combining fun and learning with our science, technology, arts, and sports programs during the day! This camp will provide participants the opportunity to meet youth from across the city, engage in hands-on learning, and to venture outside of the city!

HUB FinLit Summer Camp: Providence After School Alliance (PASA) in partnership with Fidelity, will be offering a 3.5 week long Financial Literacy program for high school youth in Greater Providence. Interested in building wealth? How about money, stocks, or real estate? This camp is for you! The camp will run Monday through Friday, beginning July 8th and ending July 31st. The camp’s hours will be from 9:30am-1:30pm. The camp will include weekly field trips to colleges, organizations, and cultural and entrepreneurship learning centers! Participants will receive a paid stipend for their participation in the camp as well.

Register for Middle School Camp: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSbEA1PhNSQ0AC0KOy3T0aYSa97Oh0PEoLryYJz7BNd7-MKw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Register for High School Camp https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVGxVFy85_2Bin2Ooe9uYiVMV2azk1oWbe639I9BA169xRBw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Mt. Hope Learning Center

For students in Kindergarten through 7th grade, MHLC offers camp programs during the summer. During camps students access the resources in the community and at our Learning Center on Cypress Street

  • Technology Center
  • Library
  • Science Lab
  • Art Studio
  • Nearby public park and splash pad
  • STEAM inclusion – (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) throughout the week in the afterschool program STEAM classes are facilitated.
  • In partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation, MHLC serves breakfast and lunch to students enrolled in our summer camp. This program ensures that students have healthy meals five days a week during the summer.

Enroll here: ezchildtrack.com/mhlc/parent

RYSE

Camp RYSE is a free, five-week summer camp for refugee youth in Providence, Rhode Island, enrolling rising 1st graders through rising 9th graders. We combine daily literacy and STEM instruction with traditional recreational activities (art, dance, sports) to combat summer learning loss and cultivate a strong sense of community for youth with shared experiences.

For questions about the program, families should reach out to RYSE’s Director of Family and Community Outreach: Etta Robb, 510-603-0332

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island

Big Opportunities for Youth with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island. NOW ENROLLING Girls ages 7-14 in a FREE mentoring program! Your child is paired with a caring adult who will spend time with them twice a month. Together, they’ll enjoy fun activities, set goals, and discover new adventures!

Visit www.BigsRI.org to inquire about enrolling in our program.

DownCity Design

DownCity Design Summer Design Studios: Our 6-week Summer Design Studios engage 48 Providence youth in grades 9-12 (2024-25) in intensive design learning as they build new skills, explore careers, and create service projects for community groups. There are two program strands for Summer 2024: Design/Build Studio and Creative Change Studio. In both programs, participants work with real-world clients, such as non-profit organizations or municipal agencies, who present our young designers with authentic challenges that can be addressed through design. Participants work collaboratively to investigate and better understand their client’s challenge, propose and test potential solutions to share with the client for feedback, and finally fabricate new structures for public spaces and new processes, graphics or experiences. To learn more about DownCity Design: visit www.downcitydesign.org

  • DATES: July 8 – August 16, 2024
  • TIMES: Monday – Friday | 9:00am – 3:00pm (students can arrive as early as 8:30am for breakfast)
  • STUDENTS ELIGIBLE: Providence County High School Students currently in 8th-11th grade (2023-2024)
  • **Eligible students will receive a stipend for completion of this program**

If you would like to register your child sign up using this link: https://www.downcitydesign.org/summer

Brown Summer High School

Brown Summer High School (BSHS) is a free daytime enrichment program for high school students. Students explore big questions and develop essential college preparation skills. Classes available in English, Social Studies, Math, and Science. Take two classes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 every weekday. Receive individual attention from instructors who are dedicated to culturally responsive instruction. Free breakfast and lunch.

Apply online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPcJcZwXV7dXCQK_C9N5j_Q7ua7Jv-QtpAkxPgOXu2DDA8nQ/viewform

Breakthrough Providence

We are a summer learning loss prevention program, focused on English and math for current 6th and 7th grade families in Providence.

To learn more about the program, contact Eddy Davis at eddydavis@wheelerschool.org or 401-524-9479.

RISAS/Teen Institute/Youth Driven

Teen Institute is a leadership program running August 12-15. We are looking for teen leaders to attend this 4 night 5 day leadership training. We are also recruiting for the Mayor’s Youth Prevention Team. Teams are in both middle and high school and work on initiatives to positively impact their peers, and school community.

Youth must have a sponsor who will attest to their leadership qualities. The sponsor and youth will need to fill out an application. The teen is then interviewed and if accepted, will get a packet of information to be completed by them and their parents before attending the TI. The cost is $25 to apply and there are scholarships available to all students.

For more information, call Tina Gregg at 401-440-5987

Youth Driven

Traffic Safety and Leadership Program for Rhode Island High School Students.

To apply, visit www.youthdriven.org

Community Libraries of Providence

Do you enjoy creative projects, learning technology, and helping others to learn new skills?  Consider applying to be a Summer Makerspace Assistant with the Community Libraries of Providence!  In this position, you would be working with a library staff person to help prepare and deliver educational programs for youth in the community using a variety of makerspace equipment, including tools for 3D design, textile arts, sewing, laser cutting, and vinyl cutting.  This position will require traveling to a different community library location each day.  The schedule would be 1:00-6:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, starting July 8 and ending August 15.  Applicants must be legal residents of the City of Providence and be between the ages of 14 and 22.

To apply, please fill out the online form at this link: https://forms.gle/ZdQ1ENYS92xq1rau5

The DaVinci Center for Community Progress

The DaVinci Center Summer Youth Employment program will provide employment opportunities and skills development to 15 youth, ages 16-18, with a particular focus on matching bilingual students, particularly English/Spanish speakers, with organizations that will benefit from such employees. Not only will this greatly benefit these organizations, but it will also help students understand their language skills as marketable assets in their future careers and learn how to use them professionally.

Participating youth will be placed primarily at local nonprofits including the DaVinci Center, the West End Community Center, and the Wanskuck branch of the Community Libraries of Providence. These participants will have the opportunity to explore a career working in community-based organizations. They will learn how such organizations function and how they provide critical support to vulnerable members of our community

Additionally, three participants will be placed at the Bubbler VR, a small business on the North End that offers virtual reality experiences and games in a fun, social environment.  These youth will get experience working in a cutting edge industry and have the chance to explore a career in this emerging field.

Students will spend 15 hours a week in their placements and five hours a week receiving skills training and coaching at the DaVinci Center. The program will run for six weeks, from July 15-August 23. Individual schedules will be determined by the needs of the placement organization. Interested youth can apply on our website, https://www.davincicenter.org/, or pick up a paper application at our Center, at 470 Charles Street, starting in mid-May.

Questions can be directed to Hannah Kahn at hannahkahn@davincicenter.org or (401) 272-7474.

Comprehensive Community Action Program

Hope Gardeners–   Partnering with the Coalition Center for Environmental Sustainability (CC4ES), fifteen youth ages 14-18 will be introduced as mentors for grades kindergarten – 12th grade. The mission of Hope Gardeners is to maintain and create gardens in the Providence schools to educate students on urban gardening and sustainability, promoting environmental, social, and economic justice and equity. The program will occur for 6 weeks for 120 hours beginning in July 2024. Youth will participate in lectures and hands on learning 5 hours/day, 4 days/week. The focus of this program will be to learn how what we eat affects the body, gardens and growing food, land availability and access to gardens/farms and quality, sustaining gardens, and food insecurity/food justice. Food insecurity and justice will be addressed through cooking demonstrations and practicing gardening, pruning, and planting.  Youth will earn certification as tree stewards.

Youth Advocates for Change– To increase youth’s community engagement, ten youth ages 14-18 can enroll in this service-based learning program which will focus on advocacy and social justice issues in RI, mentoring the community about these issues, and advocating for change.  Focus topics will include leadership development, professionalism, market activism, exploring social justice issues, the role of an advocate/activist, community outreach, and developing a policy amendment and/or creating an individualized community service goal. Youth will learn through lectures and hands on learning experiences. At the end of the program, youth will receive a certificate of completion and feedback on their own policy amendment/community service goal. 

General Manufacturing Apprenticeship– Partnering with WeMakeRI, five youth will rotate through different stations including a brand store where they will design and sell shirts, hats, sweatshirts, other items; this includes working with finance on customer service skills and budgeting for their specialty.  Youth will earn a pre-apprenticeship certification for a specific manufacturing job after completion.

Learning Information for Everything (L.I.F.E) skills/Customer Service – For the past 8 years, CCAP has been providing summer programming inside the Rhode Island Training School. The Learning Information for Everything (L.I.F.E) skills/Customer Service workforce education program entails utilizing the Casey Life Skills Assessment and workshops on daily living skills which will be taught to 8 youth in state care who are being held at the training school.  Modules include daily living skills, self -care, communication/relationships, housing, money management, work, and study, moving forward/goal setting.

Employer partner Work Experience Placements:  Twenty-five youth will be placed in a 120-hour paid internship in a career pathway of their choice at a local business for the summer.

Apply here: www.cognitoforms.com/CCAPL2E/realskillsforyouthapplicationregistration

Inspiring Minds

Explorer’s Program

Explorers are multilingual and multiethnic youth ages 15-22 who participate in a mentoring program and are provided a paid internship to “explore” the pathway to becoming a teacher in Providence Public Schools. The Explorers program has three components: work readiness skills training, group mentoring, and a work-based learning experience. Explorers are part of the KidsBridge Summer Learning Program’s classroom teams. They will participate in a week of orientation and training with our KidsBridge staff, learning about child development, health and safety, and human resources, preparing the space and planning for the summer. During the 6-week program, Explorers spend four days per week in classrooms supporting students in understanding Kindergarten routines and engaging in play-based academic and social-emotional learning experiences. One day a week is devoted to work readiness skill training and group mentoring.

Apply here or contact Kia Minor- kminor@inspiringmindsri.org, 401-274-3240 x3.

College Visions

Summer Prep

CV Summer Prep is a 5-week college and career exploration program offered by College Visions. This program is open to Providence High School Students (rising 9th-12th). Students will learn about college and career options, set personal goals, and create plans to achieve those goals. This program includes classroom work, high energy team-building activities, and field trips.

  • Dates: July 8th to August 9th
  • Place: RISD campus
  • Time: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Stipend: up to $150 a week
  • CV Summer Prep provides lunch daily and RIPTIX as needed
  • Register: BIT.LY/cvprep24
  • Registrarse: BIT.LY/cvprepspanish24

Skip To Menu
Skip To Content
Skip To Accessibility Options
Skip To Language Options