Each summer StreetSquash students gain exposure to a broad range of experiences outside Harlem through opportunities for middle school students to attend sleep-away camp and for high school students to explore college campuses, enhance their squash games, give back to other urban squash programs, travel to other countries and develop leadership skills and lifelong connections. Each year, StreetSquash continues to expand the offerings made available to students and to raise the bar for students to earn the opportunity to participate in these phenomenal experiences.
- Pre-College Programs: On-campus academic programs at leading educational institutions including Columbia University, Brown University, Syracuse University, Phillips Exeter Academy, and the University of Rochester.
- Sleep-Away Camp: Every year more than 40 StreetSquash students spend their summer away at camps like Camp Dudley, Camp Herrlich, and The Fresh Air Fund.
- Squash Camp: Intensive squash training programs at colleges and private schools with top-level junior players and coaches.
- Urban Squash Exchanges: StreetSquash high school and college students volunteer at NUSEA programs across the country while benefitting from a chance to explore a new city.
- Overseas Travel: Through squash and community service, StreetSquashers have traveled the globe to countries like England, Italy, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
The Summer Discovery Program is a seven-week, full-day experience for StreetSquash middle schoolers and their classmates at partner schools who are interested in trying out for the program. The program offers a wide array of activities to keep students’ minds and bodies active as well as explore everything New York City has to offer.
- Academic Enrichment: Students combat summer learning loss through small group workshops and weekly academic enrichment curricula. Hands-on, group-based activities allow students to explore topics they might never have learned about in school in an engaging and exciting way. Past themes have included architecture, art history, natural disasters, entrepreneurship, and cryptography.
- Squash: New and returning students alike develop and expand their love of squash and of physical activity in general through drills, games, and a healthy dose of competition.
- Cultural Exposure: Each week, students take field trips related to their area of study in order to enhance their learning experience. Past trips have included environmental studies with Rocking the Boat in the Bronx, art projects at the Museo del Barrio and the Whitney Museum, marine research with the Hudson River Park Trust, and neighborhood research in Jackson Heights, Queens and Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.