Summer Programs 2016

Bird Street's summer programs include youth programs, entrepreneurship programs that pay stipends, and job opportunities that pay hourly wages.

Click here for the summer application.

Summer Youth Programs

Summer Evening Program

Youth ages 10 to 19 can drop in to participate in Bird Street’s Summer Evening program from 5 to 8 p.m. every day. Participants will be provided with dinner and a variety of activities that change by the day. Activities include art, painting, drawing; basketball, tennis, and other sports; study skills; poetry; computer lab; Job Readiness; movies; and board games.


Basketball Day Camp

This daytime program teaches the basics of the game and instills youth with a sense of sportsmanship and teamwork, while leaving plenty of time for practice and competitive games. All genders welcome.

Hours:  Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Basketball Leagues

Take advantage of the longer days by playing on Bird Street’s basketball leagues in the evening. Teen leagues are open to all genders.

15 & Under: Monday outdoors, Tuesday & Thursday in Bird Street gym

19 & Under: Wednesday outdoors

Men’s League: Thursdays outdoors



 These programs pay a stipend at the end of the summer, and require a summer and school-year commitment. All programs below require an interview.



The dance program focuses on intensive study of ballet, Afro-jazz, hip hop, and modern and African forms, as well as choreography. Dancers perform at community events and take field trips together.

Requirements: Audition and interview; ages 12 to 17

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Fashion Design

Youth in this program learn to design, construct, sew, and show original fashions. Participants learn to express themselves through fashion, and build relationships with peers and adult instructors.

Requirements: Interest in learning a new artistic skill; ages 12 to 17

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.



This program is currently offered exclusively for boys and young men, who will learn to design, construct, and sell hand-blown glass arts, sculpture, and jewelry in partnership with the Diablo Glass School. Boys participate in community art sales during the holiday season.

Requirements: Interest in learning a new artistic skill, hardworking; boys and young men only; ages 12 to 17

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Social Media

This program focuses on skills required for media production, including social media, video, photography, and public speaking. Presented through a partnership with Emerson College, sessions are taught by college students and industry experts.

Requirements: Ages 12 to 17

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Math Is Not My Enemy

Girls and young women are often discouraged from building skill and interest in math. This program aims to reverse that trend by providing encouragement, support, and small-group tutoring through a curriculum that blends personal development with mathematical skills and applications.

Requirements: Demonstrate a need in current level of math; rising 8th through 11th grade girls

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Job Opportunities

These programs pay an hourly wage. All programs below require an interview.


Junior Counselors

Supervise children 5 to 13 at Hale Reservation in Westwood, Mass. Buses leave from Bird Street. Activities focus on environmental education, swimming, boating, outdoor skills, literacy, fishing, art, hiking, ropes course, sports, and games.

Requirement: Ages 16 and up; camp experience and working well with children

Hours: Vary between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., includes one week orientation


Connections to College (C2C)

Experience a summer full of education and professional development. Participants will take an intro to sociology course during the mornings on Northeastern’s campus, taught by a Northeastern faculty member, and be exposed to life on a typical college campus. During the afternoon, students are placed in internships focusing on areas such as politics, community organizing, business, and healthcare. Students also receive regular leadership training to help them get into college and/or future employment.

Requirements: Ages 15 to 19

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Administrative Assistants

Support the administrators and building managers, including front-desk duty, data entry, filing, record-keeping, and mailings. Assistants handle cleaning, food service,  and basic maintenance work.

Requirements: Ages 15 to 19; Computer skills, outgoing and good-natured personality, hardworking

Hours: Vary, including days and evenings


Athletics Assistants

Coaching, assisting, and referee duties in a variety of recreation and sports activities at our summer camp at Hale Reservation, Basketball Day Camp, evening program in Bird Street’s gym, and evening leagues.

Requirements: Ages 15 to 19; knowledge and love of sports and working with youth

Hours: Vary, including days and evenings


Evening Program Assistants

Support Bird Street staff in programming, serve dinner and clean up after, plan and implement events, run events and activities for other teenagers.

Requirements: Ages 15 to 19; independent, hardworking, willing to take direction

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.