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Roxbury Youth


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Final Report
Program Summary
Program Name: Roxbury Youth Initiative (RYI)

Program Site: James W. Hennigan Elementary School

200 Heath Street

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Community Served: Orchard Gardens and Academy Homes housing

developments, and the Greater Roxbury community

Program Directors: Dominique McCoy & Catherine Ntube

Fiscal Agent: Phillips Brooks House Association, Inc. (PBHA)

Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138

Executive Director: Gene Corbin

Director of Programs: David Dance

Dates of Operation: Staff Training: June 14, 2010 – June 28, 2010

Programming: June 30, 2010 – August 12, 2010

Program Days: 32

Camp Enrollment Fee: $110 for 1 child, 100 for each additional

Camper Enrollment: 78 (ages 6-13)

Camper Ethnicity: 94% Black, 6% Latino

Camper Gender: 56% female, 44% male

No. of Classes: 8

Number of Staff: 2 Directors, 8 Senior Counselors, 8 Junior

Counselors, 4 Youth Volunteers

Daily Schedule: 8:25-8:45 AM Children Picked Up From Pick-Up Sites

9:00-9:30 Breakfast

9:30-12:00 PM Classroom Activities: Math, Literacy,

12:00-12:30 Lunch

12:30-4:00 Field Trips/Afternoon Activities

4:00 Dismissal
RYI Mission Statement
Roxbury Youth Initiative (RYI) strives to create a safe and positive learning
environment for the children of the Roxbury community by collaborating with
community members, parents, children, Phillips Brooks House Association, a network
of social service organizations, and the Harvard community. Initiating a series of
academic, life-skill building, and personal growth opportunities, RYI raises
community awareness and encourages activism around issues that affect people

RYI strives to challenge participating campers to become active and empowered

RYI campers take visitors from South Boston on a self-designed and self-led tour of
community members by offering a seven-week, dynamic and accessible summer camp
Roxbury, stopping in front of the Faces of Dudley Mural to talk about the historic
that fosters academic achievement, encourages activism, and deepens knowledge of
and appreciation for the Roxbury community while exposing campers to new
challenges and opportunities for growth; and challenges high-school- and college-
student/aged counselors and directors to become thoughtful, powerful leaders by
providing training, reflection, and an inspiring service-learning experience for our
diverse staff.
Program Description
Our Program
Roxbury Youth Initiative (RYI) is a constituent program of the Phillips Brooks House
Association, Inc. (PBHA), which is a student-run, independent nonprofit on the campus
of Harvard University. As a 501(c)(3) organization, PBHA provides financial support,
vans, staff, office space, and training. RYI is one of 12 summer enrichment camps
composing the Summer Urban Program (SUP), which serves 800 youth ages six to 13 in
both Boston and Cambridge. RYI serves 80 youth from Roxbury, and this summer
offered summer jobs to 8 Junior Counselors.

Our History
RYI is a collaboration of what were formerly two separate summer camps – Academy
Homes Summer Youth Enrichment Program (AHYSEP) and Dudley Youth Initiative
(DYI). AHYSEP was the first PBHA Summer Urban Program camp and began its work in
1980 with the Academy Homes I and II housing developments in Roxbury. DYI,
formerly known as Dearborn Summer, was established in 1993 to meet the needs of
certain “high-risk” youth attending Dearborn Middle School. Specifically, Dearborn
Summer collaborated with the Youth Advocacy Project (YAP) of the Roxbury Defenders
Office to support the “Dearborn Twelve,” a group of 12 youth offenders, ages 10-12,
who were confined during school hours to a dark basement classroom. Over the years,
the camp expanded its services to reach residents of the Orchard Park and Orchard
Gardens communities
In an effort to promote a greater sense of community among campers and families,
AHYSEP and DYI combined in 2000 to form Roxbury Youth Initiative, or RYI. This
collaboration also allowed the RYI staff to unify its efforts and offer greater services
to more children and more families in the Roxbury community.

RYI Campers at the Children’s Museum in Boston

Our Staff
The 2010 RYI staff consisted of two directors, eight senior counselors (SCs), and eight
junior counselors (JCs). Our 2010 SCs brought an incredible range of teaching
experience and passion to their classrooms, with topics ranging from physical,
emotional, and social health to hip hop, poetry, and self expression. Our junior and
senior staff was seventy-five-percent Roxbury community members and/or returning
staff. With that much experience, camp memory, and community knowledge, we were
sure to have an extremely fulfilling summer!

All of the JCs were high-school students hired through the Boston Youth Fund (BYF).
We were blessed with a very talented and dedicated group of teens this summer. All of
our JCs assisted with classroom activities and also gave lessons entirely on their own.
One of our JCs, Shaquanda Brown, led an interactive chemical reaction science
experiment with Mentos and Diet Coke, and it was very exciting!

Dominique McCoy

Catherine Ntube

Senior Counselors
Mariam Braimah

Decatuer Carter

Wesley Gordon

Dominic Howe

Malik Knox

Latoya Sanderson

Shavon Webster

Misa Yasuda Oldest Girls Senior and Junior Counselors at Midsummer Celebration

Junior Counselors: Shaquanda Brown, Kevanna Cleary, Courtney Cox, Rydell Cox,
Jamille Freeman, Cherisse Howe, Aadreem Smith, Chris Texeiria.
RYI is designed to provide academic instruction in an environment that is fun
and supportive, with counselors poised to work closely with students who might
not receive the same personal attention during school hours. Hands-on activities
and relevant field trips make classroom material accessible and exciting. For 2.5
hours each morning, campers take part in a variety of well-chosen classroom
activities that reinforce fundamental concepts in math, science, and literacy,
along with government and history. Below are some examples of projects
undertaken in different major subject areas in our classrooms this summer:


Our Group 4 classroom had a

lesson on Pan-Africanism. They
learned and talked about the
ways in which people of African
descent worldwide are
connected historically and now.

Pictured above is the

agenda for the day in
the Group 4 classroom,
along with important
vocabulary. To the
left, students take a
moment to copy the
terms before the
lesson begins.

Misa, our Group 2 senior counselor incorporated games and interactive hands-on activities
into the curriculum as often as possible. On the topleft, she explains a game of Math Bingo
to her campers. Each classroom was required to teach a minimum of ½ hour of math each
day, and many chose to review mathematical concepts through games and activities. Our
Group 6 took interactive activities to the next level when they put their math and business
skills—predicting profits and setting prices—to the test with a bake sale. An event complete
with menus and seating, they ran a successful entrepreneurial project! Pictured at the
topright is a pile of menus they made by hand and placed at the restaurant exit.

Pictured on the right, our Oldest
Girls gather around a computer and
set of speakers for a literacy
lesson. Through music and creative
writing they studied and practiced
using different literary devices.

To foster writing practice, each camper was provided

with a notebook, in which they did daily activities from
morning warm-ups to vocabulary practice to journaling.
We also kept a camp library with books for all age-
levels, and some classrooms even went on trips to
Copley Central Library to pick out books of their own.
Group 1:
Counselors: Shavon
Webster and
Cherisse Howe

Our 6 year olds had

an amazing summer
exploring a
seemingly unpleasant
Through interactive
science experiments
they studied waste
and its impact on
the world. In one
experiment they tested the difference in time it took toxic waste (represented
by water dyed green) to travel through different soils, from sand to potting soil.
They learned that dumping in certain soils was more dangerous than others and
that dumping in soil contaminated the water supply!

Group 2:
Counselors: Misa Yasuda
and Shaquanda Brown

Outside of the usual

literacy and math
lessons, our Group Two
counselors spent a good
deal of class time
focusing on health using
a three-pronged
health, emotional health,
and spiritual health.
They learned about the food pyramid and made their own, learning about the
different food groups and the importance of a balanced diet through that
interactive art project. They also spent time considering social health and
healthy relationships-the importance of being fair and sharing.
Group 3:
Malik Knox and
Kevanna Cleary

Our Group 3
counselors led
our eight-year-
olds through a
focused on
health and
happiness. They
studied how
anger relates
to the brain, different techniques for dealing with anger, and the importance of
understanding and controlling emotions and maintaining positive relationships.
Some of their favorite activities included a math challenge called “Around the
World” and story mapping Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying.

Group 4:
Counselors: Latoya Sanderson
and Chris Texeiria
Latoya and Chris led one of
our largest hands-on learning
projects of the summer with
our Group 4 as they planted
and maintained a community
garden. From reviewing units
of measurement while planting
seeds to discussing healthy
living and social barriers to
healthy eating habits in low-
income communities, the garden provided an interactive learning experience in
many academic areas.
Group 5:
Counselors: Dominic Howe and Jamille Freeman

Our Group 5 also

participated in a large-
scale hands-on project.
They, along with our
Group 6, partnered with
the Roxbury
Empowerment Project,
an environmental justice
group led by Roxbury
teens through
Alternatives for
Community and
Environment in Dudley
Square. With REEP
they went on an
educational tour of Roxbury, learning about its environmental issues and
environmental justice victories.

Group 6:
Counselors: Decateur Carter and
Aadreem Smith

In addition to partnering with our

Group 5 in their REEP campaign, our
Group 6 practiced math through
organizing and executing camp-wide
bake sales. They calculated costs
and profits, made menus and
advertisements, and decorated their
classroom like a café. In addition to
making a profit they practiced math
skills from addition and subtraction to ratios and percentages.
Oldest Boys:
Counselors: Wesley Gordon and
Rydell Cox

Our Oldest Boys classroom

spent the summer not only
reviewing academic skills in
math and literacy, but also
looking towards the future,
going on college visits to
Boston area schools. In a
collaboration with Oldest Boys
groups at camps based in
Mission Hill and the South
End, they discussed masculinity and manhood, societal pressures to behave in
certain ways, and how to self-define against pressures that are dissonant with
their senses of self. Several of our Oldest Boys helped bring RYI a basketball
championship against other camps in a tournament. They’re pictured above with
camp supporters.

Oldest Girls:
Counselors: Mariam
Braimah and Courtney Cox

Our Oldest Girls classroom

also collaborated with
campers from Mission Hill
and the South End on the
topics of women’s and
youth empowerment
concluding with a team-
building trip to Hale
Reservation. In addition
they studied literary terms through music and poetic expression. Through music
they explored consonance and repetition, and as a group they composed poems
about personal experiences and various issues.
Special Trips and Camper
Each afternoon our campers went on a field trip or participated in non-academic
activities like sports or games. Here are just a few of the amazing trips we took this

Camping Trips: This year, in keeping with tradition, our seven-13 year olds went camping at Miles
Standish State Forest. It was definitely one of the campers’ favorite activities this summer. At Miles
Standish they swam in the pond, went on nature walks, ate hamburgers, hot dogs, and watermelon,
roasted marshmallows, played board games, and slept overnight in tents.

Children’s Museum: Another camper favorite, our

youngest campers spent a fun-filled afternoon at the Children’s
Museum. From climbing in the playscape to experimenting with
tube instruments and tennis ball contraptions, campers had a great
time exploring.
Melnea Cass Swimming Pool: We took weekly trips with to Melnea Cass
Swimming Pool, where some of our campers had their first pool experiences. With
weekly practice, many of our campers increased their swimming skills considerably!

Farm: At Spencer-Pierce-Little-
Farm our six-eight year olds got the
chance to pet and feed goats, sheep,
horses, and pigs. They also learned
about the farm’s history, and played
games that children in centuries past
played as well.
Midsummer Celebration
Each summer, RYI participates in an event called Midsummer Celebration, which
brings together 12 summer camps in the Boston and Cambridge area for a
carnival, basketball tournament, talent show, and dinner. Led by JCs, a group of
campers choreographed a dance which they performed to represent RYI in the
talent portion of the night. After try-outs and practicing, our basketball team’s
hard work paid off, as they took home the championship in the basketball
tournament for the fourth consecutive year.

RYI dancers wow

the 1,200

RYI JCs lead a

game at
Midsummer, the
largest event of
the summer,
which is planned
and staffed by
This summer, we had two separate collaborations, and each was very successful! Our
oldest boys and girls did a collaboration with camps based in Mission Hill and the South
End surrounding issues of youth and gender empowerment and intercommunity
relationship building. Our youngest six groups participated in a collaboration with a a
camp based in South Boston. Together they had pen-pals, made peace posters, gave
each other community tours, had a field day, and went on an overnight trip to Roll-on-
America a skating rink and arcade.

(Above and below) South Boston and RYI Campers with their co-designed peace
Thank You to Our

New Academy Homes Community Center Management and community members

Staff of Orchard Gardens Community Center
David Jenkins and the staff of ACE/REEP
Hennigan Elementary School administrators and staff
Associated Grantmakers’ Summer Fund
Cline Charitable Fund
Harvard COOP
Harvard President’s Public Service Fund
John Hancock Life Insurance Co.
Judge and Mrs. George R. Sprague
Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation
You have all made Roxbury Youth Initiative
2010 a success!

Organizational Contributions and Grants
Corporations $2,070
Associated Grant Makers of Massachusetts $4,372.47
Harvard President’s Public Service Fund Summer $12,042.81
Foundations through SUP Appeal $6,563
Cline Charitable Fund $5,000
Other Foundations $6,250
Total $36298.28
Individual Contributions
Individual Contributions $2,875.21
Individual Donations through SUP Appeal $9,763.21
Total $12,638.81
Other Sources of Funding
Participant Fees $7,142.00
SUP Auction $13,825.60
Total $20,967.60


Human Resources
Staff (Directors, Senior and Junior Counselors) Salaries $33,024.86
Fringe $3,284.58
Total $36,309.44
Administrative and Educational Supplies $1,576.12
Gifts, Prizes $46.46
Other Supplies $215.34
Total $1,837.92
Transportation, Rental of Equipment, Vehicles, Space
Gas and Van Rentals $5,445.49
Field Trip Rental Vehicles $20,718.65
Fees, Permits, Licenses, Violations $150
Rentals/Leases of Space $103.48
Total $26, 417.62
Communication and Printing
Cellular Phone Usage $230.69
Postage $338.81
Photocopying, Printing $476.16
Total $1045.66
Field Trips and Food
Admission Fees $3,244.42
Food $1,049.63
Total $4,294.05


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