Fall 2018 youth program information coming soon!

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. 

Applications: The application period for this semester is now closed, except for Homework Coaching. Please find the individual applications for each program linked below. You may sign up for multiple programs, but please indicate preference and as many days that your student is available due to high interest in some of the program. 

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

Mentoring Program for Grades 3-12
Spring mentoring will run from Tuesday, February 20 through Thursday, April 26.

Students in grades 3-12 are invited to apply for the Harvard Ed Portal’s Spring 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. Download the application here.

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.

To apply, please follow the instructions below for the appropriate grade level of your student.

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. Download the application here.

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, Mondays 4:30pm-6:00pm
Session 1: Week of 2/26, 3/5, 3/19 (no meeting week of 3/12)
Session 2: Week of 4/2, 4/9, 4/23 (no meeting week of 4/16)

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. This spring, the Ed Portal will offer two, three-week club sessions for 1st and 2nd graders. Students may only sign up for one session. Each club will have a display at the Mentee Showcase in April!

Homework Coaching
Spring homework coaching will run Tuesday, February 13 through Thursday, May 3rd

Complete your homework, be tutored in academic areas of need, or even receive SAT prep from Harvard students! The Harvard Homework Coaching provides free, drop-in academic support for students in grades 6-12 who either live or attend school in Allston-Brighton. Students can drop in any Tuesday & Thursday between 3:30–5:30pm to receive academic support in any subject area from Harvard undergraduates. Please note: up to 12 students can be served at one time on a first-come, first-served basis. Download the application here.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm
Grades: 6-12

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 college conversations with Harvard undergraduates, playwriting workshopsinteractive science and arts events, and more.