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  Weston Youth Services Welcomes Summer 2021

 
 
 
All programs run from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

 

Please see guidelines for virtual conferencing at the end of this catalog.

                     

                               Summer Registration is now closed

 

 

                                                               
Virtual Programs*
 
All virtual programs will be held through the Zoom platform
* Please see  individual courses for  times.

 

 

Water Color & Color Pencil Magic by Paint, Draw & More! (for students entering Grades 3-7)
Dates:                        June 21st – June 25th
Cost:                           $ 140.00
Time:                          10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Instructor:                  Heather Bennett – Paint, Draw & More!
# of students:            4 minimum/12 maximum

 

What makes a painting POP! Take this camp to find out! During the week,  Heather will teach all her tips and tricks on the how to use your water color paints and color pencils to get the most out of them. Heather will cover painting and penciling from portraits to scenery. If you have been taking other Paint Draw & More classes this is the next in our series. If you’re new to PDM please join us on our artistic journey. Materials: Students will need watercolor and colored pencil sets. Papers will be provided by Paint, Draw & More.

 

NASA Space Lab (for students entering Grades 1-6)
Dates:                        June 21st – June 25th
Cost:                           $ 195.00
Time:                          10:00 -12:00 p.m.
Instructor:                  Mad Science of Fairfield & New Haven Counties
# of students:             6 minimum/15 maximum

 

3! 2! 1! ... BLAST OFF with our NASA-designed space camp! Explore outer space like a real astronaut! Discover the technology that scientists use in space and what it is like to be on a real space mission to the atmosphere and beyond! Astronauts-in-training will use laser beams, create a cool comet, study stars and moons close up, and witness an out of this world rocket launch!  Note: Cost includes a science kit with most materials needed for camp, a lab coat, and goggles delivered to your house!

 

Bake My Day! (for students entering Grades 3-6)
Dates:                        June 28th – July 2nd
Cost:                           $ 85.00
Time:                          10:00 -11:00 a.m.
Instructor:                 Gabriela Low/Atelier Sew Fun
# of students:           4 minimum/10 maximum

 

Join the growing number of kids in our town who love to bake delicious sweet and savory treats for the whole family right in your own kitchen! Knowing in advance what recipe we are using, you’ll have all the ingredients, pots, and baking sheets ready and be guided via zoom through the very fun, interactive, and hands on baking lessons. Your kitchen will be filled with an amazing heavenly scent and I bet you can’t wait to take the first bite out of the oven fresh treat, like breads and rolls, muffins, cakes, pizzas, pies and many more!

 

Science Hacks & Tricks Lab  (for studentsentering  Grades 1-6)
Dates:                        July 6th- July 9th
Cost:                           $ 155.00
Time:                          10:00 -12:00 p.m.
Instructor:                 Mad Science of Fairfield & New Haven Counties
# of students:           6 minimum/15 maximum

 

Do you know how to bend a bone without breaking it or how to avoid static electricity? How about how to make a pencil levitate or how to use one to make a circuit? Using the power of science, we will reveal the secrets behind many tricks and illusions magicians use and discover cool hacks that will wow your friends and family. You definitely will not want to miss out on this useful yet exciting experience! Note: Cost includes a science kit with most materials needed for camp, a lab coat, and goggles delivered to your house!

 

Bake My Day! (for students entering Grades 3-6)
Dates:                        July 26th –July 30th
Cost:                           $ 85.00
Time:                          5:00-6:00 p.m.
Instructor:                 Gabriela Low/Atelier Sew Fun
# of students:           4 minimum/10 maximum

 

Join the growing number of kids in our town who love to bake delicious sweet and savory treats for the whole family right in your own kitchen! Knowing in advance what recipe we are using, you’ll have all the ingredients, pots, and baking sheets ready and be guided via zoom through the very fun, interactive, and hands on baking lessons. Your kitchen will be filled with an amazing heavenly scent and I bet you can’t wait to take the first bite out of the oven fresh treat, like breads and rolls, muffins, cakes, pizzas, pies and many more!

 

Schedule of Virtual Programs offered by Spark Business Academy*
 
Cost for each weekly program is $ 195.00
* All programs run for 3 hours with two 15-minute breaks.Please see  individual courses for  times.
 

 

Budding Entrepreneurs
Dates/Time:                           June 21st – June 25th (for students entering Grades 3-5)      9:00 – 12:00 p.m.        
                                              June 21st – June 25th (for students entering Grades 6-8)      1:00-4:00 p.m.
 

Learn investing fundamentals and how you can start investing at a young age in this live and fully interactive program.  Build your own $100,000 stock portfolio and trade stocks like Apple, Nike or Amazon with a cool investing simulation tool. This innovative experience empowers campers with the tools and mindset to face future investment decisions with confidence and buy low, sell high! A solid foundation for successful future investors!

 

My First Food Truck (for students entering Grades 3-5)
Dates/Time:                           June 21st – June 25th  (3:00 – 6:00 p.m.)
                                               July 19th – July 23rd     (9:00-12:00 p.m.)
 

Do you have a passion for food and dream of starting your own business? Campers select a food theme, identify their business location and target customer, design appealing menus, and form a comprehensive business plan covering strategy, marketing, operations and finance, including capital-raising needs.  Activities include drafting mission statements, setting prices, estimating expenses and learning key financial metrics. This program offers a tasty way to develop business savvy!

 

Sports Management
Dates/Time:                          June 28th – July 2nd (for students entering Grades 6-8)  1:00-4:00 p.m.
                                                July 12th – July 16th (for students entering Grades 3-5)  1:00-4:00 p.m.
 

For the sports lover, future team General Manager (GM), sports team owner, ESPN analyst or coach, this unique program helps campers view the world of sports from a business perspective. Campers actively discuss and analyze different topics, including player contracts, mock drafts, college sports, endorsements, the Nike vs. Under Armour competition, the Super Bowl, e-sports and more!

 

Jr. CEOs / Teen CEOs
Dates/Time:                          June 28th – July 2nd (for students entering Grades 3-5)        9:00-12:00 p.m.
                                              June 28th – July 2nd  (for students entering Grades 9-12)    1:00-4:00 p.m.
                                              July 12th -  July 16th  (for students entering Grades 6-8)       9:00-12:00 p.m.
                                              August 2nd – August 6th (for students entering Grades 3-5)  1:00-4:00 p.m.
 

How cool would it be for you to be the boss at Apple or YouTube for a day?  In this leadership program, you can!  Students act as CEOs for leading companies and work in groups to make strategic recommendations to address real business issues.  Case studies include popular companies (such as Tesla or 23andMe) and examine the role of female and minority CEOs. Students enhance their problem-solving skills, develop business savvy and cultivate a strategic mindset as future leaders.

 

Teen Investors (for students entering Grades 9-12)
Dates/Time:                        July 12th – July 16th
                                            August 9th – August 13th

 

Learn investing fundamentals and how you can start investing at a young age in this live and fully interactive program.  Build your own $100,000 stock portfolio and trade stocks like Apple, Nike or Amazon with a cool investing simulation tool. This innovative experience empowers campers with the tools and mindset to face future investment decisions with confidence and buy low, sell high! A solid foundation for successful future investors!

 

Aspiring Fashionistas
Dates/Time:                           July 19th – July 23rd  (for students entering Grades 6-8)  9:00-12:00 p.m.
                                              July 26th – July 30th   (for students entering Grades 3-5)  1:00-4:00 p.m.

 

In this “glam” program for boys and girls, campers gain knowledge of the fashion industry and develop skills in branding, marketing, fashion journalism and design. Campers explore popular brands, analyze industry trends (e.g., athleisure), design various articles of clothing, define their own brand and more! 

 

Debate Camp (for students entering Grades 6-8)
Dates/Time                       July 26th – July 30th     9:00-12:00 p.m.

 

Campers learn the art of persuasion and help select debate topics they find interesting. Campers work in rotating groups and practice their debating skills in a supportive environment, including developing arguments, issuing rebuttals, providing examples, rebuilding their case and summarizing points of view. Campers learn to think on their feet and enhance their public-speaking skills, gaining self-confidence in the process.

 

Career Launch ( for students entering Grades 9-12)
Dates/Time                         July 26th – July 30th    1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 

This practical program covers career exploration (industries and occupations with good career prospects, interest-career match), employment readiness (draft an impactful resume, write a compelling cover letter, prep for various interview types), and money management skills (W4s, taxes, budget your first paycheck and set financial goals)!  A must for campers seeking to take control of their future!

 

Bulls & Bears (for students entering Grades 6-8)
Dates/Time:                        August 2nd – August 6th   9:00-12:00 p.m.

 

Learn investing fundamentals and how you can start investing at a young age in this live and fully interactive program.  Build your own $100,000 stock portfolio and trade stocks like Apple, Nike or Amazon with a cool investing simulation tool. This innovative experience empowers campers with the tools and mindset to face future investment decisions with confidence and buy low, sell high! A solid foundation for successful future investors!

 

Guidelines for Virtual Conferencing

 

  • For Instructors
    • Instructors will create an invitation, with link, that will be sent to Weston Youth Services and then forwarded to parents.
    • A password will be created for entry to class.
    • Instructors will enable the waiting room feature. This offers a message to students who arrive early that they are in the right place and the instructor will arrive soon. The instructor then admits the students at class start time.
    • Instructors will choose the option to mute participants upon entry. This will ensure that students are not chatting before there is an adult supervising.
    • Instructors can mute a student or class if they are too disruptive when they are talking.
    • Instructors will not record the session.
    • Instructors will not take any screenshots during the session.
    • Instructors will not enable the chat feature between them and/or the students.

 

 

  •  For parents and students: Here are the steps WYS WOW! Program is taking to ensure student comfort and safety:

 

  • Our instructors are background checked and known to us from previous WOW! after school programs.
  • Classes are setup so that audio is muted and video is off until the instructor is present in the video class. Once the Instructor turns on the video and audio, students will be seen and heard by the instructor and other students/unless parents or students choose to turn off their individual audio or video at any time.
  • The email link to enter the video class will be sent to the parents’ email provided at registration. We encourage parents to be with the child when they enter the class, but they are not required to stay in the video for the class.
  • The classes will be set up with a password and there will be a ding sound when a new participant enters the class. The instructor will carefully monitor participant count so that no unauthorized participants are in the class.
  • As noted above, the instructors will mute audio, turn off video or even disconnect a student from the class if they deem it necessary.
  • Parents and/or students will not record the session.
  • Parents and/or students will not take any screenshots during the session.
  • Parents should be mindful where your child is sitting and its background setting during the virtual meeting.

 

Video Conferencing Class Permission

Permission:

During the registration process, parents will be asked to check off a box indicating that they have read and agree to the following:

I give permission for my child to participate in Weston Youth Service WOW! Enrichment courses via video conferenc platform (Zoom) while enrolled in the Summer 2021 programs I understand that:

  • My child’s instructor will be leading the video conference class.
  • Students will be visible to other participants in the video call.
  • Students will be able to ask/answer questions during the video call.
  •  Students and/or parents will have the ability to turn off their individual audio or video at any time during the class.
  •  Classes will NOT be recorded by the instructor or Weston Youth Services. Students and parents agree they will NOT video or record the classes.
  • Instructors, Weston Youth Services, students, and parents agree they will NOT snapshot any pictures of the session.
  • The instructor retains the right to mute or turn off any participant’s video, or disconnect a child from the program at any time if they deem it necessary.
  • Registration is individual to each registered child and is not to be shared with others.