Summer Program Co-Director: PRYSE Academy 2021

Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education


Website arysepgh Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, March 12th
*We hope to hire the directors to start in April, 2021*

Thank you for your interest in working at Pittsburgh Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment (PRYSE) Academy! At PRYSE Academy, we strive to foster a creative, positive, and welcoming environment for all members of our community. The PRYSE directors are the anchor of the program.

PRYSE Academy is a summer camp for immigrant youth in middle and high school. The program focuses on academic preparedness, creative expression, and community engagement. PRYSE is the flagship program of the Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education (ARYSE), whose mission is to support immigrant and refugee youth in becoming engaged, confident, and celebrated members of our communities. You can learn more about our organization here:

Like so many other events and programs, the status of the pandemic makes it impossible to know exactly how PRYSE Academy will take shape in the summer of 2021. The ARYSE team is confident that, with the help of directors, we’ll be able to pull off a truly fun and engaging program, whether it’s virtual, in-person, or a hybrid of both.

Under normal circumstances, the structure of PRYSE Academy is as follows: the first half of the day, PRYSE youth have breakfast, play soccer and other outdoor physical activities, and then proceed to classrooms where counselors facilitate academic/literacy-based activities. After classes, students and staff have lunch together and then proceed to creative workshops, field trips, or other planned activities. PRYSE Academy culminates in a showcase where PRYSE students present individual and group storytelling projects they’ve worked on throughout camp to an audience of friends, family members, local leaders, and ARYSE supporters. Check out these videos from PRYSE 2019 and 2020 to see the program in action!

PRYSE 2019:
PRYSE 2020:

Prior to PRYSE Academy, there will be two weeks of training for all program staff to prepare for the program. The directors play a leading role in facilitating these training weeks, e.g. leading team building activities, coordinating with guest speakers, review program curriculum and activities, etc. Due to the uncertain nature of this summer’s program, the dates of program are not yet determined; our best guess is that training will commence in mid-June and camp will take place the entirety of July, possibly going into the first or second weeks of August.

***In order for the directors to feel fully knowledgeable and prepared to take on their role as directors at PRYSE Academy 2021, ARYSE aims to hire the directors by April, 2021 (hours/week to be determined based on candidates’ schedules). In the months leading up to PRYSE, the directors will work alongside ARYSE administrative staff to plan and prepare all aspects of the program.***

ARYSE is still finalizing the budget and will update this application when it finalizes the pay rate for directors, which will be between $12 and $15/hour. From April through May, directors will work for ARYSE part-time; come June, directors are expected to work full-time through the end of PRYSE Academy.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Work alongside ARYSE administrative team to plan program structure for 2021
  • Foster a positive, energetic, and welcoming environment
  • Co-lead the two weeks of counselor training
  • Co-lead day-to-day operations of camp
  • Time management of program activities
  • Be the direct point of support, contact, and supervision for all counselors during camp. This responsibility includes includes frequently updating counselors about the schedule and any special activities, conflict resolution/behavior management among youth participants, frequent problem solving, providing guidance and advice to counselors, ensuring each classroom has supplies, and regularly checking-in with counselors to ensure they are getting the support they need.


  • Enthusiasm to cultivating a safe and positive space for youth
  • Prior leadership experience in a camp or after school setting
  • Willingness to take ownership of responsibilities as well as a willingness to share decision-making power with others, particularly youth participants
  • Creative and skillful in problem solving
  • Strong desire to learn and share knowledge
  • Comfortability working with a diverse group of youth and families
  • Cultural empathy and open-mindedness
  • Commitment to anti-oppression and racial justice work
  • Adaptable to flexible work hours and environment with evolving program priorities
  • Multilingual in Swahili, Arabic, Nepali, Kinyarwanda, Nepali, or Spanish A PLUS
  • PA Act 33/34 Clearances, FBI Fingerprint Background Check

Please set aside at least 30 minutes to complete the application. After the application is complete, we will contact you to conduct an interview, so please fill out the form as completely and accurately as possible. Interviews and follow-up calls will happen on a rolling basis, but no later than March 6th. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach an ARYSE staff member by emailing

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 12th.

Persons of color and from immigrant backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. ARYSE is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates for employment will be considered without regard to race or ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.

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