PRYSE Academy 2019 Counselor Application
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 environment for both campers and counselors, which PRYSE counselors help to make possible!

PRYSE is the flagship program of the Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education (ARYSE). You can learn more about our organization here:

PRYSE Academy focuses on academic preparedness, creative expression, and community engagement, and the counselor position is integral to all daily operations of PRYSE Academy. During the first half of the day, counselors lead classrooms of approximately 10-15 students in academic sessions, supervise larger groups of students during workshops, soccer/recess, and lunch, and ensure that students safely arrive and depart camp every day. During the second half of the day, we bring in partners who focus on creative expression - this includes dancers, artists, painters, writers, and more. The camp then culminates in a showcase where PRYSE students tell a story of their choosing.

Prior to PRYSE Academy, counselors will go through a full week of training to prepare for the program, e.g. gain skills in carrying out restorative practices and conflict resolution, learn tips and tricks for teaching English as a second language, and develop relationships with their fellow counselors. Counselors must be available from June 24th to July 5th for Counselor Training. Dates may be subject to a slight change. If you cannot make training or would like less of a time commitment, check out our volunteer application:

Contrary to the previous two summers, we are having one, 4 week session of camp this year. Counselors must be available July 8th to August 2nd. Counselors are required to be at camp every day from 8:30-1:30, plus at least 3 afternoons (8:30 am to 5 pm) per week. You must be able to attend training week and the whole session of camp. This is typically a paid hourly position, however other forms of compensation can be considered (i.e. volunteer hours, credit hours). Please indicate your preference in the application when prompted.

Please set aside at least 30 minutes to complete this 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 will run until the end of March-beginning of April. Returning counselors will do a phone interview. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach a PRYSE staff member by emailing

Deadline to apply is March 31st.

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