Ignite Summer Toolkit

Dream Big. Do Big.

(And the tools to help you get there!)

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Summer is a time of possibility and potential. 

As summer program providers — or should we say innovators, creators and wizards! — we have an opportunity to make space for students to be successful in ways they haven’t before.

But how do we make the most of that opportunity?

This toolkit is here to help. It’s full of hands-on resources to help inspire, excite and re-imagine high-quality summer programming. 

What Will I Find in This Toolkit?

The most important thing you’ll find in this toolkit is permission to always think outside the box!  And also:

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Exercises to spark your thinking in new and expanded directions, and infuse your program with creativity and excitement.


Hands-on, customizable resources you can use to plan and perfect your summer program.

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Words of wisdom, best practices, and other bite-sized ideas worth sharing.

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There are so many fantastic tools out there! We’re including links to some of our favorites so you can mix and match to find resources best suited to your specific needs.

Imagine what you can create for — and with! — young people.

Click on the Summer Toolkit sections below to get started. When we dream big, we can do big and that makes a big impact on young people.

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We are grateful to our friends at The Learning Agenda for lending evidence-based resources from The Wallace Foundation and ExpandED Schools | NYC Summer Rising to inform this Ignite Summer Toolkit. 

Special funding to build the Toolkit was provided by MDE 21st CCLC, STEMNext and the CS Mott Foundation.