How to Keep Busy

How to avoid the summer melt

To start off… what is the summer melt?

It’s defined as melting away during the summer while an individual transitions into a new grade. Not doing anything during the summer may be problematic to various students. A brain is driven by learned behavior; by doing things constantly it forms cumulative memories. Throughout the school year, students create their own schedule; wake up, get ready for school, survive a school day, and go home if they don’t do any extra-curricular activities. Then, their cycle repeats.

During the summer, everyone gets excited because they finally have a break from learning. This perspective is detrimental to a student. Yes, it’s exhilarating when you’re aware that you won’t have to wake up at an ungodly hour five days a week, but without this daily routine, what are you left with? When you’re not learning new things you’re just forgetting information that has been previously taught to you. Eventually the summer someone has been looking forward to may end up being more boring than those classes students can barely get through. The summer is a great opportunity to make unforgettable memories with friends and peers.


Below are some ideas of how to survive your summer:


David M. Gonzales Park Recreation Center

10943 Herrick Ave., Arleta, CA 91331

Phone: (818) 899-1950
Fax: (818) 899-8982

Facility Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

10641 N. San Fernando Road, Pacoima, CA 91331

Phone: (818) 896-0246

Fax: (818) 897-0128

Facility E-mail:
















To volunteer at MEND, please visit the MEND Center reception desk in person to complete the volunteer application form and provide an ID. Alternatively, you may download an application form  , fill it out, and return it with a digital copy of your ID by email. After the initial paperwork is complete, you will be scheduled for a volunteer orientation.


Mary Immaculate

Office Hours:
Weekdays: 9:00am – 1:00pm and 2:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 12:30pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am – 12:30pm and 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Address: 10390 Remick Ave., Pacoima, CA 91331-3685 View Map

Phone: (818) 899-0278


Fernangeles Park    
8851 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Sun Valley, CA 91352


Phone: (818) 767-4171
Fax: (818) 767-1598

Facility Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday: Closed

Best Friends Pet Shelter

15321 Brand Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345

Phone: (818) 643-6989
Fax: (818) 837-2029
Facility E-mail:

Facility Hours of Operation:
Open Daily Noon to 8pm


The Office of the L.A. City Attorney offers the opportunity for volunteers to be placed in the Criminal and Special Litigation Branch for a minimum of six months. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to: 

Ms. Sue Frauens
Recruitment Coordinator
Office of the L.A. City Attorney
800 City Hall East
200 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012!careers/c1dtx



The Office of the L.A. City Attorney offers a number of opportunities in civil and criminal law practice. To apply for a volunteer law clerk position or internship, please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Ms. Diana Hernandez
Office of the L.A. City Attorney
800 City Hall East
200 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 978-7150
Fax: (213) 978-8317!careers/c1dtx

Youth Speak Collective
444 South Brand Blvd. Suite #201, San Fernando, CA 91340

(Headquarters) 818.890.2928

(Organizing Office) 818-890-8033

Contact Gerson Lam at


College Programs:


SMARTS, is a six-week summer college preparation program at UCLA designed to engage traditionally underrepresented students in rigorous science, technology, engineering and math instruction and training.

Date: June 29 – August 7, 2015
Times: Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Friday 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. If there is an event workshop, the day will end at 2:30 pm. 

Place: University of California, Los Angeles Campus

The deadline to submit the completed application is  April 25, 2015.

Los Angeles Valley College

High school students are allowed to enroll while they are still in high school provided that they fill out an Admissions Application and get the approval of their principal or designee on a Concurrent Enrollment Form

Los Angeles Mission College

Free Summer Programs for High School Students

The scientific community at large loves to give teens opportunities to explore careers in scientific and mathematical fields.

Summer Day Programs in Los Angeles

Attending a summer day program is a great way to keep a teenager's mind engaged and active during the time off from school. Summer programs don't have to be far away from home! Check out these summer day programs in Los Angeles, and the greater Los Angeles area.


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