Senior Counselor Application - SUP 2020

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Information about the Senior Counselor Position:

PBHA’s Summer Urban Program is a set of 10 student-run summer camps and 2 summer programs for young people in Boston and Cambridge. Each summer, approximately 150 college students work in these communities. Serving over 800 youth, the summer camps and are structured into mornings of curricular, classroom-based enrichment and afternoons of field trips in and around Boston. In addition, we have two programs, Junior Leaders in Communities and Leaders! that work with our summer camps to support teens (ranging from rising high schoolers to high school seniors) serving their camps through workshops and mentorship. Senior counselor positions are available for our 10 summer camps. If you are interested in our two teen programs, working as a mentor and facilitating workshops at our camps, please email sup@pbha.org. At SUP, we require senior counselors to commit full time from June 12th through August 13th, 2020 (dates are tentative).


Each camp is located in various sites throughout the Boston and Cambridge, often in the communities we work with. Counselors use the city as a classroom without walls. In addition, young people are also taken on field trips throughout the city, often planned by Directors. An essential element of the summer program is community partnership; former campers are often hired as Junior or Senior Counselors and Directors, and parents and community leaders play an important role in working with the program. 


About the Application Process:

The first priority deadline is February 4th, 2020.

Senior counselor hiring takes place on a camp-by-camp basis. You are asked to choose 1 to 3 camps that you prefer to be placed at first. We will also ask if you are willing to be placed in a camp that you did not check off. Individual programs will read your application and reach out to you if you are selected for the interview round. You may be contacted by multiple camps. SUP will accept applications on a rolling basis and continue interviewing until all positions have been filled, and spots may become available late in the process. However, we recommend that you apply early, as over 250 people generally apply for under 90 senior counselor positions.


You will be able to save the application at any point and resume later. In order to complete the application in full, be sure to have the following ready:

  • Your contact information

  • College identification number (HUID for Harvard Students)

  • Drivers license and CPR/First Aid certifications (if applicable; not required)

  • A well-formatted, one-page resume

  • Contact information (phone number and email required) for 3 different references (including at least 1 former employer) who can speak to your capabilities, talents, and character. These references will be contacted during the hiring process.


We look forward to getting to know you throughout the application and interview process! Be sure to put your best foot forward, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Feel free to contact the Summer Urban Program Officer at sup@pbha.org with any questions or concerns that you have about the application and interview process. Please reach out the current Directors of each camp if you have specific questions about their programs.

About SUP Programs

Camp Information and Preferences:
Please select between one and three camps with which you would especially like to work. Read the information about each camp's specific work, and click the names to learn more. Note that these are not the only camps for which you will be considered; we want to get an idea of how you see yourself contributing to SUP.*
Contact: brye@pbha.org ---------------------------- BRYE offers ESL instruction to 90 recent young immigrants (ages 6-13) living in Dorchester. BRYE campers are referred to us through Boston Public School teachers and administrators, social workers and partner community organizations for out-of-school ESL education. Beyond learning English, our youth also face the challenges of integrating themselves into American culture while maintaining their own cultural roots. In addition to ESL enrichment, BRYE emphasizes peaceful conflict resolution and cultural diversity appreciation to mitigate the prevalence of neighborhood violence and racial tensions between the diverse ethnic groups in Boston.
Contact: cyep@pbha.org --------------------------- CYEP has 2 different sites located in Cambridge. Each site is composed of 80 students (ages 6-13) in 8 classrooms and the sites come together every week to build relationships.. Young people all live in and around the Cambridge area. Like all of our Summer Urban Program camps, CYEP engages campers in mornings of academic enrichment, afternoons of educational field trips, and artistic, cultural, and service-learning workshops throughout the week, along with two overnight camping trips and a day-long final trip.
Contact: chad@pbha.org -------------------------- CHAD serves 70 young people living in Chinatown, particularly in the subsidized housing complexes there, including Mass Pike Towers, Castle Square, Oak Terrace, Metropolitan, and Tai Tung Village. The program seeks to enrich and improve the quality of life for low-income youth in Boston’s Chinatown through a commitment to the academic, social, and personal development of its campers. CHAD fights summer learning loss by reinforcing and strengthening campers’ academic skills, and promotes personal growth among its campers through activities that develop fundamental social skills, healthy identities, cross-cultural awareness, and social consciousness.
Contact: fio@pbha.org ------------------------- FIO serves youth living in Dorchester’s Franklin Hill and Franklin Field housing developments. The 80 children and their families are from the Franklin Field and Franklin Hill housing developments in Dorchester. Franklin I-O offers seven weeks of summer programming to young people ages six to 13, engaging campers in an academic curriculum that builds self-esteem and supports young people to explore their identity, values, and physical world.
Contact: ksp@pbha.org ------------------------- KSP serves youth living in the Villa Victoria, Castle Square or Cathedral housing developments in Boston’s South End. The 30 years of Keylatch Summer history in the South End have been characterized by safe, enriching, and academically oriented programming, as well as by a commitment to build community leadership.
Contact: mhsp@pbha.org ------------------------- MHSP serves students living in the Mission Main and Alice Taylor housing developments in Mission Hill. In addition to a focus on academic and personal growth, Mission Hill Summer Program works to build community both within Mission Hill and between neighborhoods, collaborating with PBHA’s Keylatch Summer Program for a violence prevention program between young people in Mission Hill and the South End’s Villa Victoria. Mission Hill Summer Program works closely with PBHA’s Mission Hill Afterschool and Mission Mentor to provide continuous, year-round academic, social, and personal support to young people in Mission Hill.
Contact: nayep@pbha.org ------------------------- NAYEP serves young people of Native American descent from the greater Boston area. AYEP exists to address the academic, cultural, and social needs of Native American children in Greater Boston. As the only summer camp in Massachusetts dedicated to exploring and serving the specific needs of this community, NAYEP is committed to enhancing the students’ sense of personal and cultural identity as well as strengthening Boston’s Native Americans through the education and social unification of its children.
Contact: ryi@pbha.org ------------------------- RYI serves youth (ages six to 13) living in Roxbury, particularly those from Academy Homes, New Academy Homes, or Orchard Gardens. The program strives to create a safe, exciting, scholarly, and positive learning environment for Roxbury’s children by collaborating with community members, parents, children, and a network of social service organizations. RYI promotes and encourages academic and personal excellence by instilling the importance of community activism, consciousness, and education in the youth of Roxbury.
Contact: ryse@pbha.org ------------------------- RYSE offers ESL instruction to recently immigrated high school teenagers living in the greater Boston area. The programs seek to improve young people’s English language skills, addressing the gap in SAT scores between native speakers and English Language Learners, and broadening their access to college and higher learning institutions.
Contact: sbos@pbha.org ------------------------- SBOS serves 50 students between the ages of 6 and 13 living in the West Broadway, Old Colony, or Mary Ellen McCormick housing developments in South Boston. SBOS strives to empower youth through hands-on enrichment activities that emphasize academic confidence, conflict resolution, interdependence, prevention of risk-taking behaviors, and respect for diversity. The program places a significant focus on curricula that utilize substance abuse prevention and service-learning to support the academic achievement and positive youth development of our campers and combat historically widespread issues endured by the South Boston community.
If you are interested in working with students in high school, check out our Leaders! Summer Program, learn more here or email leaderssummer@pbha.org, or Junior Leaders in Communities (email jlinc@pbha.org for more information), and please reach out to sup@pbha.org for more details on the application process.



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