Youth Programming

The Harvard Ed Portal advances Harvard’s commitment to education through youth programs that are designed to support classroom learning. From mentoring and clubs, to arts immersion, and High School Lab Skills Apprenticeships, these opportunities deepen students’ knowledge across subjects while fostering college and career readiness.

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Harvard Partners


Harvard Athletics

Harvard College Admissions and Financial Aid

Harvard Business School

Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab

Harvard Innovation Lab

Harvard University Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Department of Philosophy

Department of Physics

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Harvard Peabody Museum

Harvard Art Museums

Harvard College Writing Program

Harvard University Department of Music

Hutchins Center for African and African American Research

Office for the Arts at Harvard

American Repertory Theater

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

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Community Partners

Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation

Charlesview, Inc.


Family Nurturing Center

Jackson Mann Community Center

PRX Podcast Garage

The Literacy Connection

Boston Public Schools

Baldwin Early Learning Pilot School

Boston Green Academy

Brighton High School

Edison K-8 School

Gardner Pilot Academy

Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Jackson/Mann K-8 School

Mary Lyon K-8 School

Mary Lyon Pilot High School

Winship Elementary School

Boston Public Library System

Honan-Allston Library

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For my students, the Life Science Laboratory Apprenticeship Program presents a potentially life-changing opportunity. Having them in the lab—working with researchers, talking about furthering their education—gives my students an opportunity to learn new skills from scientists who are at the top of their fields.

Brian Novoson, M.Ed.
Biology Teacher, Mary Lyon Pilot High School
Brian Novoson

High School Programs

The Harvard Ed Portal is deeply committed to supporting the learning and growth of local high school students through programming focused on academic, professional, and identity development. Students will dive into new and existing interests, build relationships with peers and mentors, and expand their horizons as they complete their high school careers and gain additional tools, knowledge, and experiences to inform their choices and decisions post-graduation.

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Life Science Apprenticeships

Life Science Apprenticeship

Launched in spring 2018, the Life Science Apprenticeship Program gives students—who have not been introduced to life science work as a potential career—an understanding of opportunities associated with biotechnology and research science. Students learn laboratory and workplace skills, and are then placed in paid, part-time, six-week summer apprenticeships to expose them to a STEM workplace and the responsibilities of a STEM administrative or laboratory career.

Summer Internship Program

The Harvard Ed Portal Summer Internship Program was created to offer job opportunities to high schoolers in the Boston area. The program provides a valuable introduction to the work environment and consists of three main components: intern cohort projects, college and career awareness training, and Harvard staff mentoring.

In Summer 2020, 34 high schoolers from Allston-Brighton and Cambridge remotely worked with Harvard undergraduate and graduate student managers to create unique projects based on their interests, ranging from arts, web development, lab skills, storytelling, to youth programming. Below you will find a website created by one of the intern cohorts that showcases all the final student projects.

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Mentee Showcase


Our Harvard undergraduate mentors encourage youth to develop strong self-identities as enthusiastic learners—by supporting creativity, validating questions, and instilling the skills to search for answers.

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Become a Mentor

Each semester, approximately 25 Harvard College undergraduates serve as mentors to Allston-Brighton youth.

Youth Scholarships

Soccer camp

Athletics Clinic Scholarships

Scholarships are offered in partnership with Harvard Athletics and vary by age level and sport each year.

Blodgett Pool

Swim & Dive Scholarships

Courses are offered for a variety of levels and are taught by members of the Harvard swimming and diving teams, under the supervision of the varsity coaching staff. 

Campers at Peabody museum

Youth Summer Science Weeks

Week-long summer science programs about a range of topics, including geology, animals, technology, and more!

Summer Explorations

Summer explorations

Launched in 2016, Summer Explorations are weeklong programs for Ed Portal Members that are carefully designed to enrich learning, stimulate curiosity, and reduce summer learning loss. Past program topics have included robotics, ceramics, bike workshops, biology, theater and more.

Learn About Summer Explorations

Ed Portal mentors

Harvard Partners

The Ed Portal works with University faculty, students, staff, museums, and centers to develop tailored programming for local youth.

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Learn to ride class

Community Partners

The Ed Portal collaborates with local organizations to integrate community resources into events and programs. 

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