SUP Junior Counselor Application 2022

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Welcome to the Summer Urban Program (SUP) Junior Counselor Application. Please read below before proceeding so you can have information ready to submit. You are able to save your progress on the application and continue later, be sure to complete everything and press submit.

Information about the Junior Counselor Application: 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.       

All Junior Counselors must obtain a work-permit and be eligible to work in the United States. Junior Counselors are paid at a rate of $14.25 and hours vary from 20-35 depending on your program and further roles.

Program dates for 2022 are: 

May 14 or 15 tbd: Orientation and Hiring paperwork
June 21 - 30 tbd: Training
July 5 - Aug 12: Camp
Aug 15 - 18: Leaders Week - workshops and closeout



About the online application process:   You are able to save the application and resume later by providing an email address - you must complete everything through the "Submit" button for your application to be complete. The priority deadline is Monday, April 11, after which open spots will be filled on a rolling basis. Have the following things ready before proceeding:

·       all your contact information, including an email address you check regularly

·       documentation of household income and relevant assistance programs

·       your school information, including School ID #

·       An essay of no more than 500 words on the following prompt: "Imagine you are giving a speech to the Mayor of your city about your community and you want to highlight one aspect that you would like to change in it. Feel free to use personal examples and/or research to make your point and suggest solutions towards fixing these problems."

·       List contact information and relationship to you of 3 different references who know of your capabilities, talents, and character. They can be teachers, someone from a place you volunteer, mentors, previous employers, or other adults. No relatives. These references will be contacted during the hiring process

·      A current resume. Use this guide for minimum expectations of resume formatting:

Contact the Summer Urban Program Group Officer at with any questions or concerns you may have about the application process. Please contact the current Directors of each camp with specific questions about their programs, they will also contact you directly to arrange for interviews and for follow-up information.

Please select up to 3 camps to submit your application materials to:

Follow up needed for funding programs below

Summer Jobs Programs
Applicants who are part of the following programs are given preference in the hiring process. Limited spots are available outside of these programs with additional requirements or restrictions. If you are eligible for these, it is a requirement to participate as part of being a SUP Junior Counselor. Here are descriptions and links: 

Boston Youth Employment and Engagement SuccessLink:
SuccessLink is open to Boston residents age 15 - 18. You must be a Boston resident to be eligible for this funding, though it does not guarantee you will be selected for a job. The only application is through this form, however you can check eligibility and required documents here:

Boston ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) Summerworks
For income-eligible residents of Boston ages 14-21, ABCD Summerworks provides paid summer placements. Eligible applicants are selected from a lottery in May/June. Click below to see eligibility and apply!
Online applications for ABCD will be open in spring, and even after deadlines you can call your local ABCD office.

CYEP Junior Counselors are hired contingent that they enter Cambridge Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program. If you are ineligible for Cambridge MYSEP, please contact to request an exemption from the directors.

Cambridge residents ages 14 - 18 can apply to the MYSEP program starting on April 11 by going to the closest location they have applications available - due back April 29. See details on their website:  

For Cambridge this must be done before April 29, 2022, in addition to this application, to then be hired by SUP.  

About you

School information

If you are going into high school, select your high school. If you are going into college, select the high school you will graduate from.

Enter a 9 digit number only
Grade in school entering in Fall 2022


Parent/Guardian 1

(e.g. on my home phone from 7pm-10pm Monday through Thursday)
Emergency Contact

Professional Qualifications


Use this guide as needed for minimum expectations of resume formatting and content:

Youth Programs need references for liability reasons, please provide 3 people they can contact to verify your identity, skills, and character. You must provide either a phone or email, preferably both, to be able to contact these references during the hiring process.

Reference 1 of 3

Reference 2 of 3

Reference 3 of 3


PBHA is an equal opportunity employer. By typing my name below I attest that the information in this application is honest and accurate to the best of my knowledge. 

In order to employ you as a Junior Counselor, PBHA is required to complete two background checks, in addition to your references. PBHA will complete a Massachusetts CORI (criminal background check), a SORI (sex offender background check). These are required by the state agency that licenses PBHA camps. We cannot run without these checks! If you have something on your record or the check brings up an issue, we will discuss it on a case-by-case basis. 

In accordance with Massachusetts law for working with children, I authorize PBHA to perform criminal and sex offender background checks on my record. These background checks will only be run if I am hired.

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