PBHA’s Summer Urban Program is a set of 10 student-run
summer camps at 12 different sites for children in Boston and Cambridge. Each
summer, approximately 150 college students work in these communities. Serving
over 800 youth, the summer programs are structured into mornings of curricular,
classroom-based enrichment and afternoons of field trips in and around Boston.
Each camp uses the city as a classroom without walls, and
the summer culminates in final trips and a show. An essential element of the
summer program is community partnership; teens who are often former campers are
hired as junior or senior counselors and directors, and parents and community
leaders play an important role in working with the program. ---------------------------------------------------
SUPport staff consists of a group
of college undergraduates who help out with all of the Summer Urban Programs
throughout the Boston and Cambridge area with tasks such as classroom
substituting, field trip chaperoning, van driving, preparing for PBHA-wide
events, and administrative tasks. They also help plan a number of fun
activities, such as our Midsummer Celebration, weekly barbecues, and overnight
camping trips. SUPport is a dynamic role with flexible scheduling that requires
carrying out a wide array of tasks in different environments.
SUPport works 30 hours a week. At
least 15 hours per week must be during camp hours, 9 am - 4 pm. You will work
about 240 hours over the course of the summer. (That means must be free 2 full
days per week).
SUPport is non-paid. You will
receive Harvard housing from 6/8 - 8/15 for a nominal housing fee of $60 for
the summer. SUPport team members must uphold the PBHA Code of Ethics, policies,
and abide by the Harvard University Summer Housing Policies.
Priority Deadline: April 16, 2017 by 5PM.
About the application:
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In order to best prepare, have the following things ready before
- all your contact information
- college identification number
- drivers license and cpr/first aid
certifications, if applicable (not required)
- a well formatted, 1-page resume. See this
guide for minimum resume
- an essay of no more than 500 words on the
"The Summer Urban Program involves
communication, teamwork and fast-paced moving pieces across hundreds of people
- What role(s) would best suit you in this environment? What special talents, interests, or skills would you lend to the collaborative effort? (max 500 words)"
- List contact information and relationship
to you of 3 different references who know of your capabilities, talents, and
character. At least one should be a previous employer. No relatives. These
references will be contacted during the hiring process.
-Please give your anticipated availability during the summer - SUP has many responsibilities to share at all times of day, night, and weeks. Be sure to mention any other commitments with days and time if possible, even if schedules for those are not set yet, and how you plan to balance those with a commitment to SUP. (For example: I will have a part-time job working at J.P. Licks for the morning shift on weekdays, and a lab internship that is flexible. I will have weekends free. I will be in Botswana for a week from 7/1-7/5. I can put in extra hours during June.)
Contact the Summer Urban Program Group Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org with any
questions or concerns you may have about the application and interview process.