Summer Camp Spotlight : WriteBoston

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A couple of months ago, Abena Dakwahene, Program Associate of The Summer Fund, went on an excursion to interview the wonderful camps that we fund. We wanted to give staff the opportunity to share what they love about working at their camps and what makes their organizations stand out. These conversations, or what we like to call “Spotlight” storeis, are featured in the Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts Members InfoNet, which goes out to over 700 grantmakers!  Today, we will be sharing with you excerpts from the conversation that we had with Betty Southwick and Ric Kahn from WriteBoston/Teens In Print.

  • What impact is your camp having on youth in the Greater Boston area?

Teens in Print (TIP) is a six-week summer camp that develops middle and high school students to be writers and create a published newspaper issue. The program encompasses other various skills for youth to build on, such as interviewing, financial literacy, and workforce development. TIP encourages students to write what they are most passionate about and become the best writers that they can be.

  • What is the one thing you wish everyone knew about your camp?

We are adaptable. An advocate for the program once said, ”TIP is the best program you’ve never heard of”. Your school needs a writing workshop? Or a few teachers experienced in writing to help your students craft their skills? Utilize us, we are here to help!

  • What is the most rewarding part of the work that your camp does?

The young people! One time, a female student was so excited about being published in the newspaper that she sent the paper to her grandparents in Portugal. Empowering these students, watching them blossom, and becoming a trusted adult and mentor to them are the reasons why we do what we do.

  • What is your camp’s greatest asset?

Our program has longevity; we have many students who have joined the program after their siblings have graduated. This shows that we are making a positive difference in the lives of the families living in Boston, especially in the Roxbury, Dorchester, and Hyde Park neighborhoods.

  • If you were to choose one celebrity that embodies the traits of your camp, who would it be and why?

Barack Obama—he is relaxed, does the right thing, and is a role model for young people. That’s what our camp is all about.

  • What three words would you use to describe your camp?

Caring. Spunky. Inspirational.

For a web link, please visit: http://www.agmconnect.org/node/3754.

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Summer Fund Fact

Fifty-eight organizations operating at 93 sites in Greater Boston received general operating grants from the Summer Fund in 2017.

Our Impact

Cultural Day has had a significant impact on MetroLacrosse’s ability to implement quality summer programming. This summer, our Coaches-In-Training program implemented lacrosse clinics for 32 community organizations, 23 of which were secured through the Summer Fund. Cultural Day gives us the opportunity to efficiently and cost-effectively secure partnerships with past partners as well as new organizations we haven’t worked with before.

— MetroLacrosse

Random Quote

Partnering with the Summer Fund allowed the Boston Harbor Island Alliance to expand its reach and support community visits that might not have been possible without the partnership. In addition to bringing children and youth to visit the islands, we were also able to raise awareness about the islands among the more than 390 camp counselors, campers, and parents who may not have known about us otherwise.

— Boston Harbor Island Alliance