PBHA's Cambridge Youth Enrichment Program, or CYEP, is part of the Summer Urban Program offering academic enrichment in Cambridge for seven weeks each summer.
Due to Covid-19, CYEP will be operating a hybrid model in Summer 2021, as outlined HERE.
PBHA’s Cambridge Youth Enrichment Program, or CYEP, began in 1982 through the joint efforts of Harvard students and parents from Roosevelt Towers, a public housing development in East Cambridge. The program was an expansion of a student-run summer program that had operated out of Roosevelt Towers since 1964. CYEP quickly grew to include children from the nearby Washington Elms and Newtowne Court housing developments. Later, a site at Jefferson Park in North Cambridge was added to meet growing demand.
Today, CYEP serves 160 low-income children at three sites across Cambridge for seven weeks each summer. Like all programs in the Summer Urban Program, CYEP engages youth 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.
CYEP works to prevent summer learning loss, providing an academic foundation from which students may actively and enthusiastically follow their own curiosity. CYEP hopes to inspire creativity and ambition within each and every participant; foster cooperation between participants, staff, and the community; and forge strong ties between youth, parents, and community members.
WORK AT CYEP
CYEP, like all programs in the Summer Urban Program, is run by college students who serve as directors and senior counselors, or teachers, in the program.
Directors oversee all program operations, working through the spring and summer to train and supervise program staff, manage finances, and ensure high program quality. Learn more about directing CYEP.
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 program. Learn more about working as a senior counselor.
In addition to its college-age staff, CYEP 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 program in which they work; many junior counselors at CYEP were once participants in the program. Learn more about working as a junior counselor.
ENROLL IN CYEP
This summer, CYEP costs only $50 per participant, with a sliding scale for siblings. Preference is given to returning participants and children who have particular academic or financial need for the program.
Families should submit one participant application for each child who wishes to enroll in the program.