Imagination Rocket

A Six Week Summer Program for Students



Do your children know what they love to do? When they leave school, will they be clear on who they are, what their gift to the world will be, and how they will pursue their goals? Will they have the skills they need to be successful on their own?

Imagine a place where they can practice for the real world!

  • Dream: We are sparking awareness and imagination! We are
    creating an environment that helps students discover what
    they love to do by fostering their natural curiosity, creativity,
    joy, and desire to learn. In such a space, learning is natural
    and is happening all the time!
  • Draft: We are providing coaching and support to help
    everyone develop the skills they need to make their dreams a
    reality: skills like brainstorming, planning, budgeting, time
    management, and self-reflection.
  • Build: We are making space for students to pursue personal
    and group projects based on their own interests while
    managing a real budget, practicing skills like collaboration,
    project management, negotiation, conflict resolution,
    facilitation, retrospection, and continuous improvement.

We do this by modeling emotional health, self-awareness, and the joy of learning and creating and by providing the freedom and structure for everyone to discover and pursue their passions in community.

What does that look like?

Each day starts with a morning gathering to collaboratively develop a plan for the day, and then moves onto activities like those below, ending with a reflection time in the afternoon. There will be an hour for lunch in the middle.

  • Instruction & Coaching: Our staff come alongside students to help them learn the skills we need for productive self-direction.
  • Offerings: These could be classes, demos, Q&A sessions, field trips, or anything else of interest to students, organized by staff, parents, professionals, or students themselves! In planning these, students practice interpersonal, team building, and negotiation skills, working together in a way that supports each other’s success, managing a real budget together, and retrospecting and learning from their successes and failures.
  • Projects: Students pursue individually or in groups projects they plan themselves in their areas of interest, with staff available to support students at their request.

How do I sign up?

The application deadline (Friday, June 29) has passed. We will be considering new enrollment applications on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Want to work with us?

If the mission of Imagination Rocket gets you excited, we’d love to work with you!

Part of our mission is to make our program accessible to all families, regardless of their income level. If you’d like to partner with us in that by supporting Imagination Rocket financially, we would greatly appreciate it. You can donate in two ways:

  • Text ROCKET and a dollar amount (e.g. “ROCKET $100”) to (516) 714-4761 to make a donation online.
  • Send a check made out to New Life CDC to New Life Fellowship, 82-10 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, NY 11373, and write “Imagination Rocket” in the memo.

Thank you!



Monday, July 9 – Friday, August 17


Program runs 9:30am – 3:30pm.
Doors open 9:00am – 4:00pm.


82-10 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, NY 11373


For students entering grades 1 – 8 in the fall. Limited to 20 students!


$199/week per student for the full 6 weeks
$219/week per student for 5 weeks
$239/week per student for 4 weeks
Fee reductions are available for lower income families.


Contact Grace Ports, program director: