Camp or other out-of-school time program

IMPACT! Service-Learning RAP Program

IMPACT! is the service-learning Residential Academic Program. Through this year-long program, students learn how to make a positive impact on the larger community around UMass, and find a place for themselves in that community, by working in a local community service site for 30 hours both fall and spring semester. IMPACT! strives to create a holistic experience for students by integrating service, contemplative practice, social justice, and leadership in the classroom, on campus and in the larger community.

Massachusetts Envirothon

In this team-based competition, high school students receive an environmental challenge on a Current Issue (such as “sustainable stormwater management”). After researching the issue, students give a presentation to a panel of judges, proposing a solution to the problem they studied. During the year, teams attend environmental education workshops, and during the Envirothon, teams visit four “ecostations”--focusing on forestry, soil, water, and wildlife—to be tested on these issues. Many teams participate in a related service project, for which they can win a Community Award.

Children, Teens, and Media

In this service learning course, COMM338, undergraduates volunteer with 3rd-graders who are participating in Amherst Cinema’s See-Hear-Feel-Film (SHFF) Program. Volunteers watch short animated films with the children, facilitate word games, help them collaboratively create stories, and work with them to create storyboards.

UMass Health Careers Opportunity Program: Summer Scholars

Started in 2011, the UMass HCOP Summer Scholars Program is designed to provide students with an extended college readiness experience to facilitate their entry into higher education institutions and foster success for completion of a degree program. The UMass/HCOP program aims to create an atmosphere that increases students’ awareness of a variety of college majors and tracks associated with pursuit of a career in the allied health field.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education

The UMass Extension SNAP-Ed program is part of a national nutrition education effort funded through the US Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Assistance Program (SNAP). The overarching goal of SNAP-Ed is to provide nutrition education programs and activities that help adults and youth eligible for SNAP to establish healthy eating habits and physically active lifestyles. Staff based at UMass Amherst and in field offices (Boston, Brockton, Fall River, Lawrence, Springfield, and Worcester) will be working in partnership with 35 collaborators throughout the commonwealth.

W.E.B. Du Bois Center and YMCA

This partnership emphasizes excellence, knowledge, leadership, and legacy with a primary focus around education and wellness. The program should reach more than 75 students in 2013.

Urban Design and Planning Summer Project

This project involved Springfield youth between the ages of 14 and 17 in a summer learning program about the urban design and planning of the city of Springfield. Taught by faculty with professional backgrounds in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning, the three-week summer course gave the students an idea of the concepts behind these professions, perhaps opening up new avenues of thinking in regard to “what do you want to be when you grow up.”

4-H Youth Program

The 4-H Program provides support for adult volunteers to administer youth programs across the state and nationwide. Programs are developed in the areas of agriculture, science, technology, engineering and many more. 4-H offers 5 summer camp programs that attract youth from across the state. The 4-H Sustainable Communities Project will engages young people in Springfield in out of school hours to provide educational enrichment and promote life skills development. A regional Operation Military Kids team is also coordinated by 4-H Program as part of UMass Outreach.