Cambridge Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program

Project Description:

This project is designed to give participants an overview of all the different ways that they can use a passion and interest in parkour to pursue professional projects and careers.  Each week of the project will focus on a different aspect of "professional parkour" and participants will work together as a group to prepare and present to the group and guest lecturers on specific subjects.  Each day will start with a movement session that will focus on the core movements, techniques, and exercises of parkour training.  All participants will be paid $11/hr for participation in the program by the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program.  

Sample Schedule (to be finalized):

Week 1: Introduction to parkour - Basic techniques, history of the discipline, 

Week 2: Teaching parkour - Coaching, leading, community-building

Week 3: Apparel & shoes - functionality and fashion for movement, what works best?

Week 4: Filmmaking & performance - Spreading movement and depicting values

Week 5: Designing for parkour - Adaptation & movement within our environment, designing spaces for movement

Week 6: Challenge Week - Prepare for presentations, Yamakasi challenge, Presentation of projects,

Daily Schedule & Logistics:

The program runs Mon - Fri from July 5th to August 11th (~6 weeks).

Each day will run from 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Participants will meet in various parks and public spaces throughout the City of Cambridge and should be capable of taking public transportation on their own.

Sample Day

1:00 - 2:00  Parkour Training

2:00 - 3:00  Project Background & Framing

3:00 - 3:30  Movement Break

3:30 - 5:00  Project Group work & collaboration


  • Cambridge residents

  • Age 14 to the summer after graduating high school

  • All skill levels (no prior experience required), all genders, all backgrounds, all body types

  • ALL training sessions will be held outside regardless of the weather, participants must be prepared. Rain, sleet, sun- whatever.

  • Participants should be prepared for 60-90 min of movement each day.  This is NOT a desk job, you will sweat. Guaranteed.

  • Participants should be prepared to: work with a group to accomplish physical & mental challenges, face and overcome fears, learn a lot about themselves and their environment, have the way that they look at their environment changed, respect and be respected by fellow participants and coaches, make some money by doing something rewarding, be more comfortable taking the "road less traveled", have fun!

  • Must have completed an application by the due date listed below.


All applications are due to CRLS or the Office of Workforce Development office by May 5th (applicants are urged to apply BEFORE this date as there are often long lines on the last day.  

Applications will be evaluated based on preference.  Motivated applicants are urged to send a letter of intent (150 words or less) to about why they want to participate in the program.