Camp or other out-of-school time program

Upward Bound Program

The Upward Bound program is a federally sponsored educational program that serves high school students from the High School of Commerce in Springfield that are potential first generation college students and those from low income backgrounds. The program aims to help students prepare for and succeed in higher education. It provides individual tutoring, career advising, SAT and MCAS prep, college workshops, cultural enrichment and more programs that can help develop academic skills and motivation for students.

Circuits and Beats

Middle school students from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc. learn digital circuits and programming concepts from undergraduate electrical engineering majors at UMass Amherst. The program was developed by UMass Amherst's M5, an educational initiative of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The two week summer workshop teaches students electrical engineering skills to create a “beat machine” where they were able to present and keep their final products.

Innovate to Mitigate: A Crowdsourced Carbon Challenge

"Innovate to Mitigate: A Crowdsourced Carbon Challenge"-- directed by Dr. Gilly Puttick of TERC, a non-profit educational organization-- is a crowdsourced open innovation challenge for high school students to come up with creative solutions for mitigation of climate change. Crowdsourcing promises a novel approach to engaging students in science while addressing a significant societal challenge. Dr. Leschine’s role is to serve as an adviser, assist in the design of the challenge, and select resources that will be necessary to support the work of high school student participants.

The Sunwheel Project

The long-running Sunwheel Project involves the construction of sun wheels all over the world starting at UMass Amherst. The project brings a greater awareness and understanding of astronomy to school children, University community members and the general public. In Amherst, the sunwheel - located south of the football stadium - is a gathering spot for people to visit and learn about the sky together through regular public gatherings posted on the website (and usually timed with the equinox and solstice events).

Pioneer Valley Tip Off

The Pioneer Valley Tip Off, organized by students in the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at UMass-Amherst, is a high school basketball tournament at the Curry Hicks Cage. One goal of the Pioneer Valley Tip-Off and its participating schools is to help in the fight against cancer by partnering with Coaches vs Cancer, a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The goal of the program is to raise funds for this organization while also promoting cancer awareness to the Western MA community.

Sport Sales Strategies

Students sell tickets to a high school basketball tournament run by UMASSM, the Sport Management student club, held at the Curry Hicks Cage each December to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer program. The tickets are purchased by businesses in towns whose high school teams are playing and then distributed to youth organizations and schools in those towns so children can attend for free on behalf of the local businesses.

SuperCuts SoccerFest

SuperCuts SoccerFest is organized by the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at UMass Amherst and supported by the Sport Event Management class. Representing one of the leading Sport Management Programs in the world, it is dedicated to organizing and running Supercuts SoccerFest with the utmost professionalism. This program creates a unique setting to bring the community together, promoting healthy competition as well as an active lifestyle, and providing a day full of entertainment and fun for all attendees!

University Dancers Tour Class

University Dancers, composed mainly of Dance majors, is the only college touring company in New England that offers audiences a full range of dance repertory. The touring experience and the interactions at elementary, junior and senior high schools; other colleges; and community and retirement centers enable our dancers to make significant impact. For example, UD worked at the Kensington Elementary School, an inner-city school, and through UD's workshops, activities and performances, the children showed a remarkable brightening of spirit and their standardized test scores rose.

Heritage Assessment and Community Development, Eleuthera, Bahamas

The Center for Heritage & Society has initiated a partnership with a community development organization on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas ( We have conducted a pilot research project (Historic Building Survey) in Governor's Harbor, and we have developed a community engagement web portal for use by our partners. Finally, we are now in the development phase of an archaeological survey and excavation project in Millars on the site of a former plantation in collaboration with the descendent community.

Adoption Mentoring Partnership

The Adoption Mentoring Partnership program is a collaboration between the Rudd Adoption Research Program in the Psychology Department at UMass, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hampshire County. This unique program seeks to match UMass students who are adopted with children in the community who are also adopted. Matched across a variety of factors, the mentors and the children are able to form friendships grounded in the similarities between them including their gender, race, ethnicity, and adoption story.

Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance

The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance seeks to increase the number and diversity of students in the pipeline to computing and computing-intensive degrees by supporting state-level computing education reforms. ECEP works closely with many national organizations, relies on and deploys experts in computing education, promotes state-level computer science education reform, trains educators to provide professional development in computing, supports summer computing camps, and offers advice and tools in higher education transfer and program evaluation.

A Student-led Program in Research and Education

ASPIRE (A Student-­‐led Program in Research and Education) provides 20-­‐25 high school students with hands-­‐on lab experiences in polymer science ranging in focus from synthesis to mechanical testing through a series of half-­‐day activities over five consecutive Saturdays each winter. ASPIRE gives high school students a unique opportunity to gain experience in chemistry, physics and engineering of polymers, areas of study rarely taught in traditional high school science classes.

Tech Wizards National 4-H Mentoring Program

The 4-H Tech Wizards program exposes youth to technology to help them understand how to better utilize it. The program also showcases different possible careers that involve technology. Participants become 4-H members and meet as a group/club with a specific technology focus, choosing from a broad spectrum of options and projects in which youth learn about a specific technology as well as participate in community service. Each group organizes a family night event in which family members are invited to learn and see what youth have been working on.

Operation Military Kids

The primary component of the 4-H Military Project is Operation Military Kids (OMK) which connects children ages 5-18 with educational, recreational and social activities before, during and after the deployment of a parent. The project provides direct assistance to military children and families and educates the broader community on the effects of deployment on children to ensure that all Massachusetts military youth are safe, healthy, and supported.

4-H Sustainable Communities Project

The 4-H Sustainable Communities Project engages young people in Springfield to provide educational enrichment and promote life skills development. Massachusetts 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Adventures supports after-school at the South End Community Center, the New North Citizens’ Council, and the Dunbar YMCA, and 4-H Educators work closely with the UMass Student Bridges to organize specific themes and hands-on activities. Youth activities focus on topics like polymers, static electricity, chemical reactions, weather, building materials and rocketry.

Engage in STEM

Engage in STEM or E-STEM is an afterschool mentoring program that pairs college students majoring in STEM subjects with middle and high school students engaged in independent research projects. The Massachusetts Academy of Sciences runs E-STEM and provides the recruitment and training of the college mentors, provides transportation to the target schools and pairs mentors with their mentees.

Girl Scout Exploration Day

Girl Scout Day brings 25 to 35 middle school students to campus to meet UMass Engineering undergraduates, participate in hands-on activities, and learn more about engineering. In 2013, for example, Girl Scouts will learn about renewable energy and engineering by designing, building, redesigning, and testing solar cars. The overall objectives of Girl Scouts Day are: to broaden young girls' views about engineering; to show engineering is fun; to introduce role models pursuing careers in engineering; and to introduce engineering as a potential career.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

EFNEP is a federally funded nutrition education program for low income families and youth that has been in existence for almost 50 years. Nutrition education is delivered by paraprofessionals (supervised by professionals) in low income communities in all states and territories. In Massachusetts, we currently have offices in Springfield, Worcester, Lawrence, Brockton, and Fall River.


Eureka! is a month-long summer day camp, in partnership with Girls, Inc. of Holyoke, to encourage 8th grade girls to pursue post-secondary education and career paths in mathematical, scientific and technical fields. Eureka! is particularly notable because girls join the program for 5 years, from 8th through 12th grade. This program is committed to finding a solution to the leak in the leakage in the STEM pipeline.

Community-based Assessment of Needs for Vietnamese Americans in Springfield

This project aims to identify the needs of minority language children who speak Vietnamese as a home language. We ask (1) What are the first and second language skills of Vietnamese American children living in Springfield? What are their language needs? (2) What school and community programs target Vietnamese American youth? How effective are these programs in promoting language development? Methods include parent surveys, child language screenings, and secondary analysis of state and local education data.

Engaging Massachusetts Middle and High School Students in Engineering and Computer Science: After School

College of Engineering undergraduates worked with middle school students at the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club and the North Side Community Center in Springfield in an after-school program where they created “e-textiles,” interactive wearable crafts that teach engineering design and programming. The Diversity Programs office received a grant from Google to support this project through its RISE - Roots in Science & Engineering program.

Equine Management Summer College Experience Program

The UMass Amherst Summer College Equine Management Program is a two-week intensive program for motivated high school students seeking to explore what it takes to succeed in the horse industry, and in doing so, challenge themselves to become better horsemen and future leaders in the equine profession. The program includes hands-on practicums and workshops and concludes with a summer equine exposition in which students will display their equine management projects and showcase their horsemanship skills.

Massachusett's State FFA Horse Judging Career Development Event

At this Future Farmers of America (FFA) event, participants evaluate and rank horses on breed characteristics, conformation, and performance. Team members cooperatively complete problems related to equine selection, management, nutrition and production.

Mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters

In this service-learning course, SRVCLRNG 292M, students mentor a child with Big Brothers Big Sisters, while also studying the history of mentoring and considering theories of youth development and best practices in mentoring. Students also critically examine their own assumptions and beliefs in order to better understand their interactions with your Little Brother or Sister and their family. Through this course, students develop skills as mentors and for working in a variety of social service settings.

Citizen Scholars Program

The Citizen Scholars Program is a 2-year curricular civic leadership program that partners with community organizations to work toward community goals and help students develop the knowledge, skills, and vision they need to build community, be effective citizens, and advocate for social justice. Students in CSP complete four required service-learning courses taken in sequence over 4 semesters. In the courses, each student articulates his or her vision of how society would be organized if it truly were good, then develops a series of tools to work toward that vision.