Program

This year, we will provide a completely virtual and extended FYRE Program experience. To accommodate students’ schedules and time zones, we will hold a two-week program with 4-5 sessions per week starting on Monday, August 2, 2021, through Friday, August 13, 2021. We plan on making our remote programming accessible to all participants and will work to support students who may have technology difficulties or limited internet access. Participants can indicate any accessibility needs via the Pre-Orientation registration form.

During the two weeks of FYRE, students will get to participate in workshops and presentations from student support offices (like the Office of Career Services and the Academic Resource Center) to learn about how they specifically support first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented (FGLI/U) students. You’ll get to hear from and talk with professors from a variety of disciplines at Harvard. In addition, our 32 amazing FYRE Team Leaders will run panels about academics, finances, and social life at Harvard, and host an empowering open mic session about challenges and resilience at Harvard.

Lastly, the core of our program, which makes FYRE so special, is the community. All FYRE students will be placed into FYRE families — a tight-knit group of 10 students led by 2 Team Leaders, which will be your home base throughout the program. You’ll get to know your families personally through small-group reflections, fun activities, and direct mentorship from your Team Leaders. Throughout the program, you’ll also get to know the other students and the rest of the Team Leaders through community mixers and evening activities. Team Leaders will host virtual Office Hours each day of the program for students to ask questions and speak individually with the Team Leaders. We hope that by the end of our program you will feel equipped, empowered, and excited about starting your Harvard educational experience.