PBHA's Roxbury Youth Initiative, or RYI, is a Summer Urban Program camp offering seven weeks of academic programming for youth in Roxbury.
Alexa Brown and Camryn Turner
PBHA’s Roxbury Youth Initiative, or RYI, 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 to offer a seven-week, community-based, academic summer camp. RYI promotes and encourages academic and personal excellence by instilling the importance of community activism, consciousness, and education in the youth of Roxbury.
Like all of our Summer Urban Program camps, RYI 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.
RYI works closely with PBHA’s Roxbury Youth Initiative Term program to offer youth continuous academic, social, and personal support throughout the school year.
WORK AT RYI
RYI, 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 RYI.
Senior counselors manage a classroom of 10 children 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, RYI employs high school students as junior counselors. Teens partner with a senior counselor to co-teach a class and participate in leadership workshops throughout the summer. The majority of SUP’s junior counselors once attended the same camp in which they work; many junior counselors at RYI were once campers in the program. Learn more about working as a junior counselor.
ENROLL IN RYI
RYI costs only $135 per camper, with a sliding scale for siblings. Preference is given to returning campers and children who have particular academic or financial need for the program.
Families should submit one camper application for each child who wishes to enroll in camp.