LINK Leaders Summer
9:30am-4pm on Friday field trip days
LINK Leaders Summer will run for 5 ½ weeks from Wednesday, July 5 through Friday, August 11. Monday-Thursday we will be onsite at Village Learning Place, participating in our updated curriculum focusing on career and college planning, financial education, entrepreneurship, service learning, enrichments, and movement time outdoors. Wednesday afternoon will be dedicated to off-site trips to various workplaces to learn more about jobs and career pathways. Fridays will be reserved for full-day field trips. Please note our earlier start on Fridays to allow for some extra travel time on those days.
Enrichments typically include a mix of art, STEM activities, cooking, athletics/dance/yoga, music or podcast production, graphic arts, photography, and more.
Field Trips vary from a day at the beach, to college visits, to museum tours, to students challenging themselves to climb a rock wall or kayak around Fort McHenry, to learning something new about Baltimore and its history.
Opportunities to earn while you learn:
- Teens who will be 14 by July 7 may apply to YouthWorks (oedworks.com) and be paid a stipend through the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) to attend our programming. You must apply to Youthworks by the application deadline to be accepted into that program. The deadline this year is April 7th. If your student needs assistance with their Youthworks application please join us at the library during our Tech Help hours.
- All enrolled students will participate in a group service-learning project that can yield up to 25 hours of service hours towards the high school graduation requirement.
- Interested teens are invited to sell concessions to families at our summer Family Fun Night, which will be held on Thursday, July 20th.
- Our entrepreneurship curriculum often culminates with a judged competition with prizes awarded to top finishers.
- Students not earning a stipend through Youthworks may get a stipend for participating in career and college programming.
- Additionally, our college and career curriculum will help motivated students find work outside of summer hours.
Read our LINK Summer 2022 Program Report
To enroll in LINK Leaders Summer at the Village Learning Place, you must complete an application and attend a mandatory family orientation. Family Orientation is required for all enrolled students, including those enrolled in Youthworks. Priority enrollment is for BCPSS students. Vaccination is recommended for participants.
Online application available.
A parent/caregiver or an emergency contact (18 years or older) MUST attend the mandatory LINK Leaders Family Orientation. Students who will receive a YouthWorks stipend are also expected to attend the Family Orientation.
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