Mission Hill Summer Program

PBHA's Mission Hill Summer Program is part of the Summer Urban Program serving youth in Mission Hill for seven weeks each summer.

Application Information:

MHSP Director applications are now live. Apply to be a SUP director here.

MHSP Senior Counselor Applications are now live. Apply to be an SC here.

Student Director Contact Information:



Staff Contact Information:

Kate Johnsen


Due to Covid-19, MHSP will be operating a hybrid model in Summer 2021, as outlined HERE.

PBHA’s Mission Hill Summer Program (MHSP) provides an affordable, engaging seven-week academic summer program in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood.

Like all programs in the Summer Urban Program, Mission Hill Summer Program 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. In addition to a focus on academic and personal growth, Mission Hill Summer Program works to build community both within Mission Hill and between neighborhoods, collaborating with PBHA’s Keylatch Summer Program for a violence prevention program between young people in Mission Hill and the South End’s Villa Victoria.

Founded in 1989 at the request of Mission Hill parents, Mission Hill Summer Program has become an institution in the community, developing deep partnerships with parents and community-based organizations. The strength of PBHA volunteers’ year-round involvement in Mission Hill allows for long-term connections with children and consistent resources for the parents of Mission Hill.

Mission Hill Summer Program works closely with PBHA’s Mission Hill Afterschool and Mission Mentor to provide continuous, year-round academic, social, and personal support to young people in Mission Hill.

WORK AT Mission Hill Summer Program

Mission Hill Summer Program, 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 MHSP.

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, MHSP 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 MHSP were once participants in the program. Learn more about working as a junior counselor.

ENROLL IN Mission Hill Summer Program

MHSP 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.


Learn More

  • Mission Hill Afterschool


    PBHA's Mission Hill Afterschool Program provides a safe, fun, and uplifting learning experience for children in the Mission Hill community.

  • Mission Mentor - Inactive


    PBHA’s Mission Mentor fosters one-on-one relationships between Mission Hill youth and college-age mentors in order to broaden children’s access and exposure to the resources in Boston and beyond.