Summer at YLF

for Rising Third to Eighth Grade


Program Description

For 2021, 100%  in-person sessions will be offered Monday - Thursday from June 28th - July 29th for students. (Inquire at for more information about virtual options.) Additionally, optional Friday field trips will be offered. Parents must provide transportation for students directly to field trip sites and must pick them up promptly from field trip sites at the day's conclusion.

All programs will feature:

  • Character Class

  • Core academic subjects: English, Math, History Science

  • "Low-to-No" contact sports: Archery, Pickleball, Soccer, Four-square, and more!​

  • Enrichment through performing arts and recitation

  • and YLF's signature one-on-one mentoring

Sample Schedule

10:00 - 10:30 AM    Home Room
10:30 - 11:00 AM    Character
11:00 - 11:45 PM    Core Subject
11:45 - 12:00 PM    Personal Study Plan
12:00 - 12:30 PM    Lunch
12:30 - 1:15 PM      Recess
1:15 - 2:00 PM        Core Subject
2:00 - 2:45 PM        Sports
2:45 - 3:15 PM        Mentoring and Freetime
3:15 - 4:00 PM        Performing Arts or Sports

Program Dates, Times and Location


  • June 28 - July 30

  • Monday - Thursday (in-person)

  • Friday Field Trip (optional; requires student to have personal transportation to and from field trip site)

Program for Academic and Leadership Skills for Girls

  • Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm (Extended care will not be offered)

  • Location: St. Anthony School, 3400 12th Street NE, WDC 20017**

Tenley Achievement Program for Boys

  • Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Extended care will not be offered)

  • NEW Location: St. Thomas More Catholic Academy, 4265 Fourth St SE, WDC 20032, **

Inquire about virtual options for students at admin@helpingkids.orgA shuttle between programs will be offered for a limited number of students. **In the unlikely event of a change in location, families will be notified of any changes in location at least six weeks prior to the summer start date.

Program Payment


Summer programming costs $250 per student, and $375 for two or more students in the same household. There is an additional fee for use of the limited capacity transportation shuttle. We pride ourselves as being the most affordable high quality summer programs in the entire city and we have accommodating rates for families with multiple children. You will not find a better rate outside of DPR or free summer programming. If you are a recipient of the DC Opportunity Scholarship, please inquire for additional information about using your scholarship funds for summer. For more information, email, Subject Line: 2021 Summer Program Fee - OSP.

After completing registration, families will be issued additional information regarding the payment portal.


Virtuous Leadership Academy

for High School Students

The YLF high school mentorship program is the most prestigious of all YLF programs. Students learn how to communicate well, work more effectively, prioritize their time and energy, and make decisions to build a more virtuous and service-oriented life.



Students are presented with a social problem and asked to design a business solution for it within a particular industry.  Through college-level seminars and working in a professional environment, students learn about complexity of problem and use "design thinking" in groups across civil, art, STEM and business.  After 5-weeks, teams present business ideas to C-Level judges. The 2021 Summer Business Plan Competition will run from July 6 to August 6. Participants meet VIRTUALLY between the hours of 9:00 - 5:00pm.


Mentorship: Students will meet monthly with a matched mentor.

Saturday Workshop Series: Students attend 2-3 workshops about getting into, having success in and planning for success beyond high school.

Community Service: 11th and 12th grade students are asked to become mentors to our elementary school students during the school-year and to keep a written journal of their experience. All students are asked to join semesterly service days.