Summer Programs

We’re excited to announce that we will be running 20 free, virtual summer programs for our students on top of our one-on-one tutoring. These range from weekly workshops to webinar series to one-time panel events, and offerings exist for every age group that we serve. Students, take a look below and sign up for anything that interests you! Summer programming will run from the week of June 29th through the week of August 10th.

Please note that all summer programs coordinators, like our one-on-one tutoring, are student volunteers, whose credentials EduMate NYC does not independently seek to verify. They are entirely responsible for the running of these programs, with no professional oversight.

Accessibility and Action:

This program will help prepare tutors to guide students through college and other application processes over the summer. We will focus on informing tutors on how to navigate their students through eligibility and questions they may have with the utmost respect and sensitivity towards all students’ circumstances and financial needs regardless of documentation. We will also give tutors and students access to a directory of relevant scholarship opportunities. In addition, we will run a panel to connect students with representatives of organizations and communities that may be helpful to them in this process.

When: Saturdays at 1pm EST

College Essay Writing Workshop:

We will be running a 7-week writing workshop focused on the college personal statement. We will cover all aspects of the essay writing process, culminating in a thoroughly edited personal statement. This workshop is open to all rising seniors.

When: Tuesdays at 5:30 pm EST

College Office Hours:

College office hours will help students on an individualized or small-group basis with navigating the college application process. Topics covered in office hours will range from general information regarding choosing and applying to colleges, to logistical aspects of the application, to essay- and supplement-writing help. Coordinators will also edit students' essays on an as-needed basis.

When: Mondays at 5pm EST, Tuesdays at 5pm EST, Wednesdays at 3pm EST and Thursdays at 12pm EST.

Creative Writing Workshop:

Over the course of the program, students will be able to explore various genres and forms of creative writing. The writing seminar meetings will be hour-long sessions where we will explore readings, do exercises to produce content, and discuss student work. Depending on turnout, we may run several smaller group workshops for students (based on age or skill level).

When: Thursdays at 1pm EST

Debate Club:

The debate club will be offering workshops to introduce students to the world of scholastic debate. This will be a great learning opportunity for students of all ages as they will develop widely applicable skills such as public speaking, research, and critical thinking.

When: Fridays at 1pm EST

Elementary School Book Club:

This program will meet weekly to discuss an age-appropriate book as a group, using text that is digitally accessible to all participants at no cost. Over the course of the summer, we will incorporate close reading skills to develop more in-depth, analytical discussions. We hope to strengthen participants’ reading comprehension in preparation for the upcoming school year. This club will be run in sections split up by grade or reading level.

When: Tuesdays at 12pm EST

ESL/ENL Book Club:

The ESL/ENL Book Club is a weekly program that offers English as a new language support to primarily elementary school students. The class will focus on reading, reading comprehension, and discussions in English. We will use texts accessible to all students online for free.

When: Wednesdays at 12pm EST

FGLI College Panel:

this program will provide college application guidance and support to first-generation, low-income students and their parents. This panel series will include a “what-are-your-options” workshop, a discussion of financial aid, guidance on creating a college list, and a walkthrough of the application itself. FGLI college students will share their experiences applying to and attending college, and direct students to financial aid and application-related resources.

When: Saturdays at 1pm EST

French Discussion Group:

This French-language discussion group hopes to create a space for both students who are fluent in French and learning the language to improve their skills. The program will be exploring the French culture, while targeting pronunciation, vocabulary, auditory comprehension, grammar, reading, and writing skills.

When: Wednesdays at 4pm EST

High School Book Club:

The high school book club will be a space for students to read and reflect on books, short stories, and other writing that they care about. We’re hoping to read lots of interesting stories and have thoughtful and fun discussions about them!

When: Tuesdays at 12pm EST

Mandarin Discussion Group:

Students can join the Mandarin language group to converse with other students or native speakers. The goal of this weekly group is to help language learners keep up with their conversational skills over the summer. The group’s coordinators will select conversation topics for each session (ex. summer plans, school life, daily chores etc.).

When: Wednesdays at 4pm EST

Middle School Book Club:

The middle school book club will be a chance for incoming 6th to 8th graders to read thrilling, mysterious, and action-packed books. The club's coordinators will facilitate discussions around the novel that we read. Our goal is to teach students that reading is fun! All books will be available in digital format for free online.

When: Tuesdays at 12pm EST

Series on Racism in the United States:

This program, led by renowned college professors and facilitated by EduMate NYC coordinators, will be dedicated to understanding civil rights history in the United States, and providing educational tools to understand and discuss anti-racism. This program will provide insight into current events and aims to support students grappling with national unrest. It will run as either a one-time workshop or multi-part series.

When: Fridays at 3pm EST

Spanish Discussion Group:

We will be engaging in conversations in Spanish once a week and learning about the different countries that speak Spanish.

When: Wednesdays at 4pm EST

Spanish Learning Club:

The Spanish Club is a weekly program that offers Spanish language support to elementary school students as well as more advanced learners who want to continue practicing Spanish. The class will focus on reading and discussion in Spanish.

When: Wednesdays at 4pm EST

STEM Club:

This weekly enrichment session will highlight topics in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We will use YouTube videos and virtual simulations, as well as instruct students on how to put together safe physical demonstrations at home with minimal supplies. The STEM club will be split into two age groups:

middle and high school.

When: Tuesdays at 2:45pm EST


over the course of this weekly workshop, students of all ages will pick, rehearse, and perform a play. We will also play theatre games and explore how to create characters, costumes, and props virtually.

When: Sundays at 3pm EST

A Tutor’s Guide to Test Prep:

This one-time session will help tutors and students understand how to navigate teaching SAT/ACT prep. Over the course of 45 minutes, we will review tips and resources, and all participants will receive a pamphlet summarizing what they learned. Participants will be invited to join a Facebook group where they can receive and send in additional tutoring tips.

When: July 9th at 12:00pm EST

Visual Arts Workshop:

This program will meet weekly, with each session following a two-part structure. The first part will be focused on learning about a new art piece, its artist, their artistic techniques, and how it reflects the time period. The second part will be devoted to unleashing students’ creativity and letting them make their own art inspired by the piece. We will conclude with a group share and discussion. There will be separate elementary school and middle school sections. We also hope to incorporate artists of color and non-European regions, as they are often overlooked in the study of art history.

When: Mondays at 4pm EST

Why Global Health Matters: From our Past to our Future:

Global health and the spread of infectious diseases have historically remained low priorities of world governments. In 2020, it is apparent that understanding global health is critical to improving social, economic, and scientific equality worldwide. In this seminar series, we will explore epidemics such as malaria, Ebola, Zika, HIV/AIDS, and Covid-19 and discuss the correlation between global health disparities and humanitarian crises.

When: Biweekly, Mondays 2pm EST