Summer with your PVD Libraries

Visit any of the 10 libraries in Providence for fun educational activities, free books, and programs that everyone can enjoy. Join our summer challenge to read, learn and explore our city! Pick up your game board at any library or play online with Beanstack and be entered into weekly prize drawings. Participate in a program and learn something new! Discover exciting places to visit for free around our city! Look for the mobile library coming to the parks in July and August! For more information, visit

Other Summer Opportunities

These programs are not funded or overseen by the City of Providence or PPSD. Information and descriptions has been submitted by the organizations themselves.

To have your organization or program listed, please fill out this form:

The Alliance of RI Southeast Asians for Education - Hidden Lotus Program

For this year’s Hidden Lotus program, we are looking inwards to the source of our identities, and learning about how they play out in our everyday lives. The approach to identifying ourselves is taken through a holistic lens, shining light on our insecurities, our interpersonal perspective, and our bodies in order to honor, respect, and uplift every aspect of the individual. While simultaneously applying their newfound power to form a better society through connection and resistance.

The Alliance of RI Southeast Asians for Education

In this program, we will explore our identity, history, and issues that matter to us through the lens of Ethnic studies. Ethnic studies is a study of race, ethnicity, and indignity with an emphasis on the experiences of people of color in the United States. We will learn from communities of color intergenerational worldviews, memories, experiences, identities, narratives, and voices by engaging in conversations, examining multiple forms of media, and engaging in experiential learning opportunities.

The Alliance of RI Southeast Asians for Education - Post-secondary Preparation Program

This post-secondary preparation program equips rising 9th-12th graders with the skills needed to navigate the college application and admissions process. Participants will hear directly from admissions and financial aid officers and engage in mock interviews. In the second-week program, participants will explore college campuses firsthand in the New England area to deepen and broaden their own understanding of institutions of higher education.

Beat The Streets New England: Providence - Coaches in Training (CIT) program

The Coaches in Training (CIT) program, is a year-round leadership development program. Offering a competitive wage while managing their own business “The Hungry Wrestler”, our CIT program provides an innovative and holistic approach for our youth to develop their leadership and life skills. We focus on workforce readiness, health and wellness, mentor-coach training and entrepreneurship! Sign up here: 

Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America

A variety of outdoor adventure opportunities, including archery, swimming, biking, and climbing! Learn more here:  

The Center for Dynamic Learning - Camp Fit N Fun

Spend your summer at Camp Fit & Fun! Campers will enjoy spending their day playing fun outdoor games, learning to prepare healthy meals and snacks, explore how a healthy human body can work all while making new friends. We can’t wait to spend our summer with YOU! Sign up at

The Center for Dynamic Learning - Alice @ Wonderland!

Spend the summer collaborating with other teens to present Alice @ Wonderland: The folly of the 21st century collides with the madness of Wonderland in this rockin’ musical adaptation that remains fairly faithful to Lewis Carroll’s original tale. The twist? Alice is a texting, tweeting, and Googling girl of the modern digital era, yet she finds herself in the Wonderland of old. With all of the characters you know and love including the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, and the Queen of Hearts, this musical imagines a present-day Alice encountering the Wonderland so many of us treasure. Performances will be held Friday August 4th @ 7pm and Saturday August 5th @ 2pm. Sign Up at 

The Center for Dynamic Learning - Teen Apprentice Program (TAP)

DO YOU LIKE BEING CREATIVE? DO YOU ENJOY HANDS ON LEARNING? DO YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN STEAMM CAREERS? TAP: The Teen Apprenticeship Program will offer high school youth an opportunity to learn and apply the arts of upcycling, design, construction, and fabrication through a community based project. All participants will receive CPR/AED/FIRST AID Certs and OSHA 10 Construction as part of the program. *Potential Program stipend for successful attainment of benchmarks* – sign up at 

College Visions
This is a free 5 week program for Providence students entering 9th-12th grade. Students will
– Learn about the college admissions process
– Explore future career options
– Build your skills in a fun high-energy process
– And more!
The program runs from July 5 to August 4, 9:00am to 2:00pm daily and will probably be located on the RISD campus. Apply Here:
Community Boating Center

One-week, sailing/paddling EcoAdventure summer camps offer long-distance picnic cruises, fun on-the-water games and hands-on environmental lessons. Two-week Sailing Camps use kid-sized boats, fun games, and lots of encouragement in hands-on sailing. After-school, adult classes, sailing parties, facility rentals also available. Age/Restrictions: Age 8-16, no previous experience required. Dates: All sessions June 19 – Aug 18. All camps Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 3:30pm. Cost: $345/ 1-week, $735/ 2-weeks. Scholarships are available.

DownCity Design

Our 6-week Summer Design Studios engage 46 RI youth in grades 9-12 (2023-24) in intensive design learning as they build new skills, explore careers, and create service projects for community groups. There are two program strands for Summer 2023: Design/Build Studio and Creative Change Studio. In both programs, participants work with real-world clients, such as non-profit organizations or municipal agencies, who present our young designers with authentic challenges that can be addressed through design. Participants work collaboratively to investigate and better understand their client’s challenge, propose and test potential solutions to share with the client for feedback, and finally fabricate new structures for public spaces and new processes, graphics or experiences. Apply Here: 

New Urban Arts - NUA Knights

NUA Knights is excited to provide a variety of programs to Central students this summer!

Providence After School Alliance

Providence After School Alliance is offering a FREE 5 week camp for Middle School students in Providence! The AfterZone Summer STEAM Camp will begin July 5th, and go through August 4th, 2023. The camp will focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math! Participants will have the opportunity to also play sports and swim 2-3 times a week! Campers will also be able to go on 4 field trips throughout the summer! Come out, learn, have fun and have an awesome summer with us!

Project RESPECT is RICJ’s longest running youth program. This week-long residential camp is a life changing experience for teens age 14-19 throughout Rhode Island to learn about their leadership styles, explore their identities, and create community through hands-on dialogue. Project RESPECT is run by RICJ alumni who were empowered by their own growth at camp. Youth explore their identity, challenge their privilege, and form new relationships based on inclusivity, respect, and
understanding. Campers will collectively build confidence, create life-long bonds, and gain an understanding of how to be effective social justice leaders in the world.
$0-$600 (Financial Aid Available) Apply Here: 
Providence Police Department Sports Academy
The mission of the PPD Sports Academy is to provide the youth of Providence with a safe, positive and cooperative environment through the framework of sports-related education and mentorship; developing opportunities for positive interactions, relationships, and a sense of teamwork between the youth of the city and the men and women of the Providence Police Department. We will host a free week long wrestling camp for Providence Youth (in partnership with Beat the Streets), and a week long basketball camp-both at the end of August.
We will also promote our Police Explorers program The Providence Police Explorers Program introduces young men and women interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or other areas of the criminal justice field. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The Explorers is a volunteer program. 
Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program

The Upward Bound six-week summer residential and academic program on the campus of Rhode Island College offers scholars the opportunity to have a simulated college experience. Scholars take classes and participate in social and cultural activities.

Trinity Rep - Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI)

Our Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI) programs are some of the most comprehensive summer arts enrichment programs in New England. Led by experienced, enthusiastic local artists and educators, YASI can help students from kindergarten through recent high school graduates develop confidence, make new friends, and have plenty of summer fun. Welcoming students of all abilities, YASI teaches students about a variety of theater topics, so there’s something for everyone!

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