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The Summer Newport Experience is a program through Fabnewport where middle school students choose themed cabins in different community ‘villages’ where they can explore topics that interest them and build meaningful relationships with peers, mentors, and community partners. Each cabin theme is developed by a learning team made up of one to two community partners, a Newport public school teacher, a Newport resident, a high school lead learner, a college student, and five to six middle school students. The cabin curriculum is collaborative and kids get to choose their group based on personal preference. There were three villages with three different themed cabins throughout the summer. The first village had cabins with golfing, hiking, and entrepreneurship themes, the second with ocean, music, and farming themes, and the third with self-care and black history, art, and surfing themes. Student outcomes for this summer experience focused on engagement and belonging and were measured through pre and post-empathy interviews regarding student experience. Stories were a large part of evaluating the success of the programs.