Summer Connections (SC) is an introductory work experience for middle schoolers. Students participate in an internship with a community partner in the morning, and come to a class four days per week in the afternoon. During the afternoon class, students participate in a social entrepreneurship curriculum, which introduces them to financial literacy topics, and has them work together to plan and execute a service learning project. All SC students receive a stipend for their participation.
SC ran virtually in 2020 and included preparation for high school, daily virtual classes, and project-based curricula with a focus on Service Learning and Media and Technology Literacy. With support from Brookline Interactive Group, students created posters using Black Lives Matter principles, crafting their own meaning with both abstract and realistic imagery as they explored techniques for symbolically using art to convey an idea or meaning. Check out their work here!