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Organized Parents Make A Difference, Inc.: Summer Fun 2021



  • Academic Enrichment
  • Art
  • Career Exploration
  • Computers
  • Crafts
  • Dance
  • Educational Activities
  • Environmental Learning
  • Field Trips
  • Fitness
  • Games
  • Health and Wellness
  • Music
  • Recreational Swimming
  • Science Activities
  • Social Programming
  • Sports/Athletics
  • Yoga

Ages Served:

3–18 years old

Areas Served:

East Hartford ; Hartford ; Manchester ; Newington

Program Length:

3–4 weeks

Start Date:

July 7, 2021 (first session)

End Date:

July 30, 2021 (last session)

Hours of Operation:

CITs work half days: 7:00 am–12:00 pm or 12:00 pm–5:00 pm


Free - Participants are required to attend all 4 weeks of the program. OPMAD does not offer shorter sessions.

All staff members are CPR/First Aid trained.

OPMAD is exempt from licensing by the State of CT.

To Register:

Mary Matos
350 Farmington Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105
[email protected]

More about our camp:

OPMAD’s CIT program serves 10 teens, ages 12 through 18. There is an interview process and 2 days of training before the summer program. The CIT Supervisor meets with teens regularly throughout the 4 week program. The teens create projects/lessons to present to children in the OPMAD Summer Fun program. They take field trips with the children during the summer, plus take a college tour and attend an end of summer party.

They learn the summer theme along with the younger children and help the children create projects and presentations for the end of the summer celebration. 

The CIT supervisor meets with the group and with individual CITs weekly. The CITs are assigned an age group of children and work with the adult instructors for that group. They receive a stipend and are expected to treat this program as a real work experience. They work half a day, either 7:00 to 12:00 or 12:00 to 5:00, five days per week for 4 weeks. Most CITs are former OPMAD after school participants.

The OPMAD program only provides transportation for field trips. 

Need for the program

  1. Teens have fewer places to find summer employment
  2. Teens need a supportive environment for their first work experience
  3. Job readiness skills will be needed for any future job
  4. The part-time job schedule would allow them to attend summer school if needed
  5. Teens need to learn how to manage earned income

Summer Theme: The CITs assist in delivering the program to younger children, with adult supervision and a dedicated CIT Supervisor

2020 Theme overview: “Our Changing Planet” Children will learn about endangered species, weather, climate change and the effects of climate change, plus what we can do to help the planet.  The children will collect information and share it with their families. The older children will research recent climate events and people who are drawing attention to this issue. How can their community and family help?

The children will produce artwork, stories, and skits. 

The last week of the summer program the schools will celebration with student created presentations and sports competitions. Children will design a presentation on some aspect of the theme. Parents will be invited to join their children in several educational activities and to attend the festivities during the last week of the program.  

Curriculums used: Kidz Lit, Math, Science, Endangered Species, All Around the World, Wise Skills, Sporting Minds.

OPMAD Summer Fun 2020 is Special Needs Accessible and Summer School Compatible.