Mattahunt center hosts summertime high school prep

For motivated middle school students interested in getting a head start on high school preparation, the Mattahunt Wheelock Community Center in Mattapan is offering the Emerging Youth Advocates PUSH Summer Academy. New this year, the free six-week program runs daily from July 15 to August 23 and is open to incoming 7th and 8th grade students.

Participants enrolled in PUSH will receive academic lessons in math and science, as well as artistic instruction in theater. Additionally, students will participate in college and career awareness workshops led by teens, learn about community exploration and financial literacy, and attend weekly field trips. The field trips include excursions to several local colleges and educational sites in Boston like the Museum of Science. The program, which runs Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. is cost-free, and all participants will receive a $50 stipend.

Rashad Cope, director of the Mattahunt Wheelock Community Center, said that the program aims to advance out of school learning for middle schoolers and keep their knowledge fresh for the upcoming school year, as well as motivating students to start thinking about college and beyond.

“This program is especially for students who see summer as an opportunity to advance their learning,” he said.

To register students or for more information, contact Shellice Baker at or 617-635-5157.