The Harvard Ed Portal builds on Harvard’s commitment to education beyond the classroom through several programs focused on academic mentoring by Harvard undergraduates for children and youth in the subject areas of math, science, computer science, writing, and the arts. 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.

Programs include:

*Students must commit to the full 9-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.

All Programs take place at the Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave. in Allston. 

Application Deadline: Applications for Fall 2018 are now closed.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Save the Dates:

Fall Orientation
Wednesday, September 26, 6:00pm-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
Sunday, December 2, 2:30pm-4:00pm

Close out the 9-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
Fall mentoring will run from Monday, October 1 through Thursday, November 29.

Students in grades 3-12 are invited to apply for the Harvard Ed Portal’s Fall Mentoring Program! For 9 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 9-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 through Thursday at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., or 6 p.m. for 50 minutes each.

Subject-area programs are available based on grade level. 

  • Application for grades 3-6: math, science, creative writing, visual art, visual art technology, music technology, public speaking, Scratch computer programming
  • Application for grades 7-8: 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. Current club offerings include Computer Animation Club and 1st and 2nd Grade Club. 

Computer Animation Club, Wednesdays, 4:30-6:20pm, Grades 6-8

Create your own 2D graphics and animations while learning basic computer science and coding principles! Students will be introduced to JavaScript code by using a digital sketchbook that will bring their animations to life! Both new students and former computer animation club participants are encouraged to apply.

1st and 2nd Grade Club, Wednesdays, 4:00pm-4:50pm
1st and 2nd Grade Club will meet on October 15, 22, and 29.

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 December!

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.