PBHA's Chinatown Adventure, or CHAD, is part of the Summer Urban Program serving Boston's Chinatown community.
Due to Covid-19, CHAD will be operating a hybrid model in Summer 2021, as outlined HERE.
PBHA’s Chinatown Adventure, or CHAD, 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 participants. CHAD fights summer learning loss by reinforcing and strengthening youth academic skills, and promotes personal growth among its participants through activities that develop fundamental social skills, healthy identities, cross-cultural awareness, and social consciousness.
For more than 25 years, CHAD has offered seven weeks of summer programming to young people ages six to 13. Like all of our programs in the Summer Urban Program, CHAD 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.
CHAD partners with PBHA’s term-time Chinatown programs, including Chinatown Afterschool and Chinatown Big Sibling, to offer youth continuous academic, social, and personal support throughout the school year.
CHAD operates in the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in Boston’s Chinatown. The program is open to young people living in Chinatown, particularly in the Mass Pike Towers, Castle Square, Oak Terrace, Metropolitan, and Tai Tung Village housing developments.
WORK AT CHAD
CHAD, 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 CHAD.
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, CHAD 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 CHAD were once participants in the program. Learn more about working as a junior counselor.
ENROLL IN CHAD
CHAD costs only $50 per participant, with a sliding scale for siblings. Preference is given to returning participants, children from the Chinatown community, 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. After you submit an online application, you will be notified about submitting supplemental materials.