Homeless Education Resource Network

Summer Program

This summer, we are world changers!

Civic engagement is an important value to teach all children. Movements that address societal injustices usually start out with a few people willing to take action. Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr. helped to change our nation and so can our students. Everyone has the ability to make a change be it simply at home, in school, church, or in our communities.

Our goal this summer is to empower students; more specifically, to develop their leadership through civic engagement. Our summer program will challenge students to identify issues within their community and to find specific ways they can make a difference. We hope you will consider enrolling your child or referring a child to us this summer. To download the application, click here.

Homeless Education Resource Network

About the Summer Program

HERN Summer Circle of Fun & Enrichment (SCFE) has been running since 2001. Our mission is to provide rich educational and social experiences to youth who are homeless. We work with children and youth ages 5 to 14 whom are living in Boston and its surrounding communities.


  • Make students better readers and writers
  • Help form positive friendships
  • Teach independence
  • Develop talents and creativity
  • Strengthen character and leadership
  • Allow our youth to have fun and be themselves

The program typically runs the month of July. Students participate in many activities, such as poetry writing, arts and crafts, acting, and fieldtrips. These activities are based on our five core themes - respect, responsibility, honesty, discipline, and citizenship.

Field Trips

  • Children’s Museum
  • Museum of Science
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Boston Bowl
  • Stone Zoo
  • New England Aquarium
  • Boston Nature Center
  • Honey Pot Orchard
  • Other cultural experiences

To see a typical day for a SCFE student, click here.

This program is free for students. However, priority is given to children who live in shelters or that are temporarily without a home. All students are eligible to get free bus transportation to and from our designated pick-up sites. We also provide them with daily breakfast and lunch, school supplies, backpacks, and t-shirts. For more information, check out our summer program brochure.

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