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

We direct resources to high-quality summer camps and programs that serve underserved, at-risk children and youth ages 5-18, from low to moderate income households in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville.

Our Impact

When I was thirteen, MetroLacrosse changed me by giving me the opportunity to learn how to be a leader on and off the lacrosse field. I have learned how to solve problems both individually and cooperatively (like communicating in ways other than just using my voice), how to respect and learn from the people around me including my peers and mentors, how to play on a team of players who are my opponents during the season, and maybe most importantly for me, how to allow other’s voices to be heard.

— Victoria D’Elia, former camper MetroLacrosse Teen Summer Programs

Random Quote

The Summer Fund provides 60% of the total number of groups we serve for our summer programs, which yields 35% of our total participants and 40% of our participant fees. The impact of the Summer Fund on YES’s Outdoor Adventure Program is substantial. It provides the opportunity for more than 250 participants to receive introductory, one-day outdoor experiential education excursions, which we hope will leave them yearning to come back for more.

— Youth Enrichment Services (YES)