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This summer I've chosen to join the movement, and will be dedicating my time to fighting injustice and building power through PBHA's Summer Urban Program (SUP).  I will be a Senior Counselor at the Roxbury Youth Initiative which is one of SUP's 12 day-camps located throughout Boston and Cambridge. Together we serve more than 800 low-income youth and 100 local teens who work with us in the camps.  For seven weeks we provide high quality programming at the affordable rate of only $125.  

Each day I'll be in the classroom with my ten students, teaching them math and literacy while leading fun and engaging academic enrichment activities to fight summer learning loss.  In the afternoon, I'll be taking my students on exploratory and recreational field trips throughout Boston and Massachusetts designed to provide them  with experiences they wouldn't otherwise have had. Overall, my aim is to have an impact this summer, to make a difference in the lives of my students.  

At the Roxbury Youth Initiative which serves low income youth ages 6-13, many of whom live in Roxbury public housing in Orchard Gardens, Academy Homes I, and Academy Homes II, we are really excited to focus on self-worth through a video project where our campers engage with their community about relevant issues they care about. Additionally, each classroom will have books and we will incorporate activities like painting, acting and discussion groups around age specific literature that will encourage public speaking and active academic enrichment.  

PBHA's Summer Urban Program relies on your support to provide high quality programming at such an affordable rate for those we serve.

I hope you'll support me in my work this summer! I know I will gain as much, if not more, from this experience than the youth I'm working with, and an investment in my summer will not go to waste.

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