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Summer Programs

Youth and Adult Programs is excited to bring you new experiences for youth that provide education enrichment, skill building, a sense of community, social and emotional learning, and recreational opportunities! Check out our free or low-cost, in-person options throughout Minneapolis and customize a schedule to meet your needs including full day, weekly AM and PM classes.


To get updated information on our Summer Programs, email our coordinators below or email lifelong.learning@mpls.k12.mn.us for general questions.

Super Summer

Explore your interests and discover something new in these week-long Monday-Thursday classes. We have programs for participants in K-9th grade. Classes include fine arts, STEM, science, outdoors, sports, imagination, aquatics and technology. 

For more information contact:

CAHOOTS Correspondence Workbook Program

CAHOOTS is a self-paced correspondence program designed to help prevent summer learning loss in an enjoyable way. CAHOOTS sharpens academic skills, fosters independence and promotes self reflection. Participants receive a CAHOOTS workbook, a robust weekly review of math and language arts concepts for youth entering Kindergarten-6th grade. Students can reflect and send/receive feedback and encouragement from a reflection buddy through the mail!
For more information contact Nuuria Osman at Nuuria.Osman@mpls.k12.mn.us

Beacons Franklin Summer Program

Join Community Education and YWCA Beacons at Franklin Middle School for an in-person summer of activities and leadership for students entering 1st-9th grade. This free program runs Monday-Thursday and includes breakfast and lunch. Activities will include: Music Production, Soccer, Basketball, Biking, Swimming Lessons, Boxing Fitness, DIY crafts and more.
For more information contact Wendell Johnson at Wendell.Johnson@mpls.k12.mn.us

Henry Summer Program

The summer is yours to explore. Check out our weekly football, soccer, volleyball, boxing and basketball camps where students will work on fundamentals, fitness and teamwork. New this year is our first Summer Henry Theater Production featuring Lion King. Students can audition for the cast or crew (all students will have a spot!). Henry program also includes options to take music and dance classes from MacPhail and Cowles Center artists. 
For more information contact Nuuria.osman@mpls.k12.mn.us for more information.

Whittier Natural Leaders Summer Program

Join Community Ed 21st Century Learning Centers and become a Natural Leader this summer! This is a FREE, in-person program for students entering 1st-9th grades and includes breakfast and lunch. Discover and protect the natural life in our neighborhoods, explore Minneapolis by bicycle, canoe the Chain of Lakes, plant gardens, create art, play sports, and celebrate the many cultures of our community. This program is funded by a grant that supports students who attend Folwell Community School, Jefferson Community School, Whittier International Elementary School, and Andersen United Middle School. We will do everything possible to accommodate as many students as possible but please note that registering for programming does not guarantee a spot in the program.
For more information contact Alicia Robey at Alicia.Robey@mpls.k12.mn.us

Freedom School-Cityview and Green Central 

Minneapolis Public Schools CDF Freedom Schools is a free, summer program for students currently in grades K-9. Participation in Freedom Schools provides enriching group activities including field trips, culturally affirming materials, a well-trained and caring staff, and parent involvement, with an emphasis on literacy, math, leadership development and college and career readiness.
For more information contact Jackie Starr at Jackie.Starr@mpls.k12.mn.us or DeSean Smedley at Desean.Smedley.mpls.k12.mn.us

Sports Camps

Clear eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose
The road to Friday Night Lights starts here. Minneapolis Community Education Sports Camps are back! This summer we will be hosting camps at various high schools and parks throughout the city. Camps will include sports such as basketball, flag football, soccer, and track and field. Adaptive options will be available as well. Camp options are available for grades K-5 and 6-8. Dates and times may vary depending on the location of the camp. For more information, visit Summer Sports Camps or contact Devin Nelson at Devin.Nelson@mpls.k12.mn.us

Summer Arts Courses at The FAIR School for Arts

Love the Arts Scene? Are you looking for a chance to express your identity, develop your skills, and meet new people? Dance, draw, paint, sing, play, and create at The FAIR High School for Arts, MacPhail, Hennepin Theater Trust and the Cowles Center. Students living in Minneapolis and surrounding communities are welcome. 
For more information contact Adam Clark at Adam.Clark@mpls.k12.mn.us

Summer Scholars

Extended Learning provides an innovative, immersive summer experience that challenges your child to explore a world of possibilities both in and out of the classroom. It’s a place where learners forge their own path, dream up new ideas, and find meaning in everything they create. All while discovering endless ways to connect with friends and their interests. Your student is a scholar. And at MPS they can explore, create and connect all summer long. Transportation, breakfast and lunch provided. For more information visit SummerScholarsMPS.org.

Community Education offers after school extension programming for summer scholars students at three locations. Activities are FREE and may include fine arts, science, sports and creative movement. Be sure to indicate your interest in after school programs when you enroll your child online for Summer Scholars.
Contact the coordinators below for after school and Friday programs.
Anne Sullivan/Anishinabe: Louisa.Olbekson@ymcamn.org
Hmong International Academy: Paul.Robinsonjr@ymcamn.org or pmoua@ymcampls.org
Waite Park: Dawn.Sjoquist@mpls.k12.mn.us