Summer Programs

2023 Summer Program

2023 Summer Programs for Middle School Students. For printable summary list, click here. Please click on each pull-down for details and external link to official website and applications.

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SFILY Summer 2023 Leadership Program (Free)

Hello SFILY past applicants and alumni,

We are emailing to let you all know that applications are now open for our summer leadership program! This program is a free 1-week-long session June 5th - June 9th, 10am-2pm at Lick-Wilmerding High School.

This program is a transformative leadership opportunity for middle school students to develop foundational skills in advocacy and gain the confidence to create change. We will explore various topics such as social issues and youth leadership. Students will discover ways to learn about and contribute to the greater San Francisco community through group discussions, research, presentations, and service trips.

Interested students should apply at before June 1st, 2023. Only 60 spots are available and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. It would be great if you could help us spread the word to youth/students in your network.


The SFILY Board

Summer Bridge for Rising 9th Graders - Deadline May 15

Summer Bridge is a five-week, in-person summer program designed to assist identified students with a smooth transition from middle to high school. Students will learn about high school, college, and careers. Students will work with San Francisco Unified School District Teachers and community partners to gain the skills necessary for success in high school and electives such as mixed media, photography, drawing, and music production. Not only will students jump start their high school careers by earning 5 high school elective credits, but they will also earn an educational award up to $500.00 dollars.


June 12th-July 19th

Mondays – Fridays, 10:00AM-2:00PM


For more questions about applying, please email

City College - Summer Youth Academy

City College - Summer Youth Academy

Every summer, the City Summer Youth Academy offers a variety of workshops, open to incoming 6th graders to currently enrolled high school students. This summer, we will continue to offer classes remotely via Zoom. Workshops will be added periodically.  Offering weekly, bi-weekly workshops for fun, enrichment and advancement.

Click here to view options and to enroll


826 Valencia's Young Authors' Workshop (YAW)

826 Valencia's Young Authors' Workshop (YAW)

Each summer, 826 Valencia hosts the Young Authors’ Workshop (YAW), a three-week writing camp open to rising 9th-12th graders who are excited to explore a diverse range of genres, edit their writing in small workshop groups, and become published writers. Professional writers, poets, and spoken word artists will teach guest lessons and volunteer tutors will help with revision and editing. At the end of the program, students who meet the camp’s requirements and expectations will receive a $500 stipend.

Students from all over the Bay Area are welcome to apply, though priority will be given to students in SFUSD, particularly our partner schools, and to students with financial need.

Whether you spend your free time writing poetry in your bedroom or find writing a challenging task, this camp is for you! All are welcome.

Workshop Details:

Dates: Monday through Friday from July 17 – August 4
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day

Location: YAW will take place at our Mission Bay Center (1310 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94158)

Please apply using this form and we will be in touch by May 19.

Questions: Email Program Director Ryan Young at for more information.


English Flyer and Spanish Flyer 

Summer Together

Summer Together brings community organizations, nonprofits, businesses, and city departments together to offer in-person summer experiences for San Francisco's highest need and hardest to reach children and youth. Summer Together 2023 will provide opportunities for children and youth to engage, rebuild, and reestablish positive attitudes towards learning, relationship building, physical activity, and social/emotional wellness. 

How to Help:

By Friday, March 24th, a parent/guardian of children or advocates in the priority population needs to fill out the Summer Together Information Form to register for the program. 

  1. SHARE LINK: You can share the link to this form with families and ask them to complete. In case you work with families with limited English proficiency, the form has been translated into Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Filipino, Arabic, and Vietnamese. 
  2. OR REGISTER FAMILIES: You can complete the Summer Together Information Form on a family’s behalf (you will be prompted to indicate that you are an ‘advocate’ for the family). Families can include up to four children on each Summer Together Information Form.

DCYF is asking counselors and social workers to please identify children you work with who are part of the Summer Together priority population, which include children who are part of one or more of these groups:

  1. Children who/whose families receive CalFresh, CalWORKs, or Medi-Cal benefits
  2. Children who are eligible for the National School Lunch Program
  3. Children who live in public housing
  4. Children who are experiencing homelessness
  5. English Language Learners
  6. Children in the foster care system

Once families are registered

If families register at the above link by March 24th, families will receive a text message during the week of April 3, 2023 inviting them to complete the Program Selection Process. During the Program Selection Process, families will choose the Summer Together camp that they prefer and register for that camp using the Summer Together Parent Portal.

SFArtsED Summer Camps

SFArtsED summers are magical times, as children ages 6-14 immerse themselves in the arts—collaborating with many of the same extraordinary artists who teach in our residence programs in the public schools, and in our Players musical theater company. With multiple sessions to choose from, children have an opportunity to play, explore, and experience to their hearts’ content. Perhaps they’ll paint a mural, sing and hoof in a classic musical, or play drums under the sun; draw, tumble, or create an original piece of fashion. Or even dance beside members of one of San Francisco’s most venerable companies.


  • Session 1: June 12 - June 23
  • Session 2: June 26 - July 7
  • Session 3: July 10 - July 21 (additional week for Broadway Bound camp: July 24-31)

Learn more and register at

New Conservatory Theatre Center's Summer Drama Camps!

Join the New Conservatory Theatre Center's (NCTC's) fun-filled summer theater camps for youth and teens in a professional theater setting!

NCTC offers a variety of classes including jukebox musical theater mashup, making a horror movie, a teen production of James and the Giant Peach, and a youth production of Aesop's Fabulous Fables.

We have something for everyone at NCTC whether you are a first-time student or an experienced actor!

Dance Training Center Intermediate Summer Intensive Program

DTC/SF offers pre and post Summer Intensive training! Advanced Summer Prep was developed to prevent injury and prepare more advanced students for their intensives, sending them off mentally and physically ready to make the most of their summer programs.

Advanced Summer Prep (June 12-30, 9:30am-12:30pm), Summer Intensive (July 10-Aug 4, 9am-4pm)

View programs here and costs. 

Space is limited. 


SF Recreation & Parks K-12 Comprehensive Summer Programming

Please checkout SF Recreation & Parks K-12 comprehensive summer programming:

Summer Programs (English)

Summer Programs (Spanish)

Summer Programs (Chinese)

  • General Registration - March 18th 10am

For more information on recreation program registration, or translated assistance in multiple languages, please call (415) 831-6800.


Urban Trailblazers (UTB)

Urban Trailblazers (UTB) is a youth leadership program designed for middle school-age youth that welcomes culturally and economically diverse students from San Francisco public schools to experience their national parks. Students can earn a $250 stipend for participating.  CLICK HERE for more information & to apply.  Applications due March 23rd..

Aim High Summer 2023

Aim High is designed for current 5th – 8th middle school students who have limited access to summer enrichment. Our no-cost summer program ignites a love of learning and prepares students for success in middle school, high school, and beyond. Student applications open on February 01, 2023. View more here:


View Flyers in 4 languages:  Here is the folder with our 2023 fliers. Recruitment video coming soon.

PAL Summer Cadet Program - Deadline May 5

PAL Summer Cadet Program: The SFPAL Law Enforcement Cadet Program is a collaborative effort of SFPAL and the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). Since 1959, the PAL Cadet Program has provided opportunities for growth, leadership, and career experiences for thousands of San Francisco youth — including many who have chosen to pursue law enforcement or public service careers. Eligibility: 

  • 14-20 years old
  • Reside or attend school in San Francisco
  • Enrolled in high school or college
  • 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Pass San Francisco Police Department background check

When/Where: 4-week summer training- Jun. 6-Jun. 29, 2023, Location: SFPD Academy

Additional Information: Register for one of our information sessions: 

  • Wednesday, Mar. 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Mar. 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Questions: E-mail:, Phone: 415-401-4666. Apply Online by Friday, May 5 at 5:00 p.m.

Summer MYEEP

GIRLFLY: a Summer Program for Art and Activism - Deadline May 1

GIRLFLY: a Summer Program for Art and Activism: The 2023 Summer Arts & Activism Project will bring 20 young women/gender nonconforming (GNC) youth ages 14-19 from San Francisco for four weeks to:

  • Make dances in the air and in an urban garden led by professional choreographers Jo Kreiter and Megan Lowe
  • Earn $500
  • Create and perform your own original dances
  • Learn about issues of belonging, land and identity
  • Create a visual arts project led by Adrian Arias and writing of personal/political statements
  • Connect with young women/GNC youth across neighborhoods, schools, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity
  • July 5-28, 2023, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

View application here and view flyer here.

This page was last updated on May 4, 2023