PBHA's Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment, or RYSE, is an evening Summer Urban Program camp serving recently immigrated teens from across Boston for seven weeks each summer.
Ariela Nazar-Rosen and Miles Malbrough
In 1986, five Harvard undergraduates recognized the need for summertime English as a Second Language (ESL) programming among the growing refugee and immigrant communities of the Greater Boston Area. Establishing PBHA’s Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment (RYSE) program, these students dedicated themselves to serving high-school aged immigrants and refugees by improving their 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. Now entering its 29th year, RYSE continues to provide affordable, intensive ESL instruction and college preparation to low-income to recent immigrant and refugee high school students.
Unlike the rest of the PBHA’s Summer Urban Program, RYSE is an evening camp, operating from 4:30-7:30 PM on the Harvard campus.
WORK AT RYSE
RYSE, like all Summer Urban Program camps, is run by college students who serve as directors and senior counselors, or teachers, in the camp.
Directors oversee all camp operations, working through the spring and summer to train and supervise camp staff, manage finances, and ensure high program quality. Learn more about directing RYSE.
Senior counselors manage a classroom of 10 teens throughout the summer, implementing a self-designed academic curriculum, supervising field trips and community service projects, and supporting the operations of their camp. Learn more about working as a senior counselor.
In addition to its college-age staff, RYSE employs high school students as assistant leaders. Teens partner with a senior counselor to co-teach a class and participate in leadership workshops throughout the summer. The majority of SUP’s teen counselors once attended the same camp in which they work; many assistant leaders at RYSE were once campers in the program. Learn more about working as an assistant leader.
ENROLL IN RYSE
RYSE costs only $130 per camper, with a sliding scale for siblings. Preference is given to returning campers and teens who have particular academic or financial need for the program.
Families should submit one camper application for each teen who wishes to enroll in camp.