Allston-Brighton residents and students who attend the Gardner Pilot Academy, regardless of where they live, can participate in the Ed Portal’s youth programs. All programs are free and open to students in grades 1-12. Participants must sign up for Ed Portal membership to participate. All Programs take place at the Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave. in Allston.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Programs include:

*Students must commit to the full 10 weeks and will meet at the same day and time with their mentor each week.
**For students who are not participating in the mentoring program.


Spring 2019 Mentoring Program Application & Enrichment Clubs
Spring 2019 Mural Club: Street Art & Community
Please note: the Robotics and Electronics Club (Grades 68) application deadline has been extended to February 15.


Mural Club: Street Art & Community Club: Friday, February 1 to the Harvard Ed Portal
Mentoring Program, 1st and 2nd Grade Club: Friday, February 8 to the Harvard Ed Portal
Robotics and Electronics Club: Friday, February 15 to the Harvard Ed Portal

Save the Dates:

Spring Orientation
Wednesday, February 13, 6:00–7:00pm
All students and their parents/guardians and families participating in mentoring and enrichment clubs are strongly encouraged to attend. Dinner will be served.

Mentee Showcase
Friday, May 3, 6:00–7:30pm
Close out the ten-week program with presentations from students who participated in mentoring and enrichment clubs. All families and friends are invited! Formal invitation to follow.

Mentoring Program for Grades 3-12
Spring Mentoring Program and Enrichment Clubs from February 18 to May 3, 2019.

Students in grades 3-12 are invited to apply for the Harvard Ed Portal’s Spring Mentoring Program! For ten weeks, students are paired either one-on-one or in small groups with Harvard undergraduates, who create hands-on activities tailored to individual interests, and serve as college-age role models. Our undergraduate mentors encourage youth to develop strong self-identities as enthusiastic learners—by supporting creativity & curiosity, validating questions and instilling the skills to search for answers. 

Mentoring is a ten-week long commitment. Students will meet on the same day and time with the same Harvard undergrad for the duration of the program. Sessions are offered Monday–Thursday at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, or 6pm for 50 minutes each.

Subject-area programs are available based on grade level. 

  • Application for grades 3–5: math, science, creative writing, visual art, visual art technology, music technology, public speaking, Scratch computer programming
  • Application for grades 6–8: math, science, creative writing, visual art, visual art technology, music technology, public speaking, Scratch computer programming
  • Application for grades 9–12: algebra, algebra 2, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, AP calculus, statistics, computer programming, expository writing, the sciences, college application essays, and other high school-level academic areas.

Enrichment Clubs

Youth may participate in specialized clubs that explore a specific topic through semester-long, activity-based curricula.

Mural Club: Street Art & Community, Mondays, 4:00–5:30pm, Grades 6–8

Learn about street art, your community, and yourself through the Harvard Ed Portal’s Mural Club: Street Art & Community! Students will spend 10 weeks working with two instructors: an international street artist and educator and a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Students will gain skills including drawing, painting, and drafting, and will create a public mural that represents them and their community. This club begins on February 4.

Robotics and Electronics Club, Wednesdays, 4:00–5:50pm, Grades 6–8

Build your own digital devices while learning basic computer science and coding principles! Students will be introduced to coding by creating and programming robots to perform simple tasks. Both new students and former computer animation club participants are encouraged to apply.

1st and 2nd Grade Club, Please note: The club meeting day will be set in February, but will meet on Mondays. More information will follow.
1st and 2nd Grade Club will meet weeks of February 25, March 4, and March 11.

Students in 1st and 2nd grade will engage in hands-on learning activities led by students from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Ed Portal Mentors. Participants in the 1st and 2nd Grade Club will display their work at the Mentee Showcase in May!

Mentoring Program for the Gardner Pilot Academy

Students from Boston Public Schools’ GPA’s after-school program, come to the Ed Portal three to six times per semester to participate in a mentoring enrichment program. Students engage in hands-on inquiry-based science and humanities enrichment activities in small groups with the Harvard Ed Portal Mentors.

Susan Johnson, Manager of Teaching and Curriculum for the Education Portal, works with undergraduates to help them develop the curriculum for the program each semester in collaboration with faculty and colleagues in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The Harvard undergraduate mentors are then trained to use their expertise and resources from Harvard College to run the sessions.

Special Events & Programs

In addition, the Ed Portal partners with Harvard schools and organizations to host special events and programs throughout the year that bring Harvard’s educational resources to the community. Past programs have included playwriting workshopsinteractive science and arts events, and more.