Senior Counselor Application - SUP 2021

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Information about the Senior Counselor Position:

Each Senior Counselor at the Summer Urban Program works with groups of children ages 6-13 for seven weeks during the summer (RYSE works with high school students), implementing a self­-designed curriculum. In the programs, Senior Counselors work with Junior Counselors, who are teenagers hired from the particular community in which the program is located. Senior Counselors are expected to keep in close contact with parents and community members as well as join the rest of the staff on a variety of retreats and trainings throughout the summer.

Further, Senior Counselors are an integral part of camp operations and are expected to work as part of a team to ensure that the program runs as well as possible. Senior Counselors are encouraged to limit outside commitments, as community involvement and program preparation may extend beyond designated camp hours. A significant number of outside training, staff meetings, and independent preparation are expected.

SUP is planning for online delivery, but may offer limited in person programming if public health and local guideline permit. Senior Counselors who are able may be engaged in these efforts. All Senior Counselors will receive a stipend of $4,700 to offset educational and living expenses. 

All Senior Counselors are expected to work for three weeks of staff training and six weeks of camp. You must commit to being available full-time from June 14th to August 13th. Senior Counselors may not accept funding from any additional program (exception: OCS funding specifically for SUP,  Chan Stride Funding for SUP, Harvard Club funding specifically for SUP). Senior Counselors cannot accept two sources of funding for the position. 


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Camp Information and Preferences:
Please select between one and three camps with which you would especially like to work. JLinC and Leaders program positions are coordinated separately and can be applied to in addition to selecting camps below (but only one position can be enrolled). The JLINC program is a youth development program for rising ninth graders. Young people in JLINC meet as a cohort with the two JLINC directors three days per week for leadership development workshops. They also serve as assistant Junior Counselors in one of the SUP camps two days per week. The Leaders program is PBHA’s youth development and employment program for high school aged youth. Teen participants in the Leaders Program serve as Junior Counselors at PBHA’s SUP camps. Leaders Directors mentor these teens. They provide weekly professional development workshops, regular mentoring sessions, and two weeks of training. Information about each camp's specific work is listed below, 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 as a whole.*
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.
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.


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In our work, PBHA strives to adhere to its core values:

  • Love and Compassion: We choose to see people as we see ourselves and to act in a way that upholds every person’s human dignity through mutual empathy.

  • Social Justice: We demand equity and believe that self-actualization results from the coming together of community to ensure the opportunity for each of its members to thrive.

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  • Growth of People and Learning: We honor growth and learning as integral to building collective leadership, life skills, and social justice awareness in current and future generations of change agents.

  • Diversity: We endeavor to build a supportive environment that shares power with our constituents through strong relationships built on mutual respect across identity lines and fosters an organizational membership that includes a range of experiences and mirrors the representation we believe should exist through society at large.

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