Lehman College Launches Technology Summer Camp for Teens

Lehman College’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies will hold open houses on May 19 and June 26 for its first summer program for teenagers interested in computer technology. “More than Academics” is designed for students between the ages of 13 to 18, who will attend two intensive afternoon sessions for three weeks at CUNY on the Concourse.

“We want the students to understand that there is more to computers than Facebook,” explains Elizabeth Rivera, director of the Lehman Academy for Children & Teens. “They will take classes in Word, Excel, website design, even personal accounting.”

“More Than Academics,” which will be held from July 9 to August 17, is an addition to “More Than a Camp,” a summer program on the campus of Lehman College for children and teenagers, which began in 2010 and registered more than 100 participants last summer.

Running from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., children take classes in art, swimming, fitness, sculpting, math, acting or creative writing—covering a wide range of academic, creativity, fitness and social skills. The camp offers 25 activities a week, including options to register for either the full- or half-day program or to take individual classes, and provides free breakfast and lunch for all campers.

According to Rivera, parents are attracted to the camp’s affordability and proximity to home. The summer camp, licensed by the NYC Department of Health, is run under close adult supervision and has fewer than 20 children per class.

“They’re having fun doing academics and a little bit of enrichment here and there,” she says. “They get to create a community in a safe place.”

The School of Continuing & Professional Studies developed its first youth program in 1981, beginning with six classes in wind or string instruments, modern dance or beginning gymnastics. Today, Lehman offers between 75 and 95 youth activities year-round.

Rivera, who holds master’s degrees in dramatic arts and education, leads the counselors to work with the campers on various summer activities that expose the kids to the performing and fine arts.

“These are kids whose parents love the idea that they have a voice and that they are respected for who they are. There is a social development aspect to this camp, so young people are growing up in a really good way,” she says. “These are kids who are doing well in school, and parents want them to stay in a good environment in the summer.”

Parents interested in “More Than a Camp” are invited to tour the campus on May 19 and June 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Open houses will be held at Lehman on May 12 and June 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for “More Than a Camp” and at CUNY on the Concourse on May 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for “More Than Academics.” For further information, call 718-960-8812 (718-960-8050 for Spanish speakers) or email lehmanacademy@gmail.com.