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

As part of the Summer Fund, in 2017 the Homeless Campership Fund supported 25 camp and shelter partners enabling families in homeless shelters and those facing housing insecurities free access for over 1300 summer camp slots for this at-risk youth population.

Our Impact

The Homeless Campership Fund made a significant impact in several children’s lives this summer. The experience of traveling to an environment so different from the sidewalks and alleys they see every day brought energy and enthusiasm back to their eyes. The freedom and independence of the summer camp environment is especially valuable to children that have experienced the powerlessness that can come with being homeless.

— Elizabeth Stone House, Roxbury

Random Quote

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