Free in-person summer enrichment for NYC students

Summer Rising | NYC Department of Education / NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

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Summer Rising is a new free summer program for NYC students in grades K through 12. It provides school-based enrichment activates and helps students prepare to return to school in the fall.

  • Applications for K-8 grade programs open Monday, April 26, and you can apply through Discover DYCD. Schools will reach out to high schoolers to discuss participation.
  • Programs are full day, full week, in-person experiences that will create a bridge back to school in the fall and help parents return to work.
  • Summer Rising will offer:
    • academic support, arts, recreation, and social-emotional support
    • field trips to parks, pools, and other educational and enriching outdoor venues that follow State health and safety guidelines
    • free breakfast, lunch, and a snack
  • Programs are available in every neighborhood and will be run by local school leaders and trusted community-based organizations.
  • Students with disabilities are welcome!
  • Students who attend charter and private schools are able to attend.
  • All programs will follow NYC health and safety protocols and locations will have access to testing, nursing support and a telehealth call center.
  • Participation will not affect youth's ability to be part of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

Who is eligible

  • All New York City students who are in grades K – 12 are eligible for Summer Rising programs, including those who attend charter and private schools.

How to apply

For students in grades K – 8:

  • Applications open Monday, April 26; apply through Discover DYCD.
  • Schools will also reach out to families to encourage in applying and assist.

For high school students:

  • Schools will reach out in the coming weeks to discuss participation.

For Students with 12-month IEPs:

  • Families will be contacted about participating in IEP-recommended programs and about the students’ learning preferences (remote or in person).

For students who do not attend a DOE school:

If you have a question about whether your child should participate in the Summer Rising program, contact the principal at your child’s school.

Visit Summer Rising programs Calendar for programs schedule.


How to get help

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High School

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Middle School

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Public school: grades 6 - 8

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Updated April 20, 2021