PBHA's Native American Youth Enrichment Program, or NAYEP, is part of the Summer Urban Program serving Native American youth across Boston.
NAYEP exists to address the academic, cultural, and social needs of Native American children in Greater Boston. As the only summer program in Massachusetts dedicated to exploring and serving the specific needs of this community, NAYEP is committed to enhancing the students’ sense of personal and cultural identity as well as strengthening Boston’s Native Americans through the education and social unification of its children. NAYEP connects this geographically scattered population and helps its children build relationships that unite the community and encourage pride and understanding of Native and multicultural identities. NAYEP also empowers youth by giving Native high-school students the chance to develop personally and professionally through meaningful summer employment in their community.
Like all programs in the Summer Urban Program, NAYEP 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.
WORK AT NAYEP
NAYEP, like all programs 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 NAYEP.
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, NAYEP 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 NAYEP were once participants in the program. Learn more about working as a junior counselor.
ENROLL IN NAYEP
NAYEP 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.