ARYSE is seeking candidates to work at their summer program, PRYSE Academy. There are two positions currently available: Director and Counselor.

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, and the counselor position is integral to all daily operations. During the first half of the day, counselors lead classrooms of approximately 15-20 students in academic sessions, supervise larger groups of students during workshops, soccer, and lunch, and ensure that students safely arrive and depart camp every day. During the second half of the day, we bring in local artists and other partners who focus on various forms of creative expression – this includes dancers, artists, painters, writers, and more. PRYSE Academy culminates in a showcase where PRYSE students get to show-off what they worked on throughout camp to their friends and family members.

Prior to PRYSE Academy, counselors attend a mandatory two-week, all day 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. This training will take place from June 22nd to July 3rd. Dates may be subject to a slight change.

Camp takes place over a course of 4 weeks, Monday-Friday, with students arriving at 8:30am and departing at 4:00pm. This year the dates for camp are July 6th to July 31st, but may be subject to a slight change.
**Counselors are required to be at both weeks of training and at camp every day, from 8:00am-4:30pm.**

This is a paid hourly position ($8.50/hour for 30-40 hours/week over 6 weeks), however other forms of compensation can be considered (i.e. volunteer hours, credit hours). Please indicate your preference in the application when prompted.

If you are unable to commit fully to this time-frame, but still want to participate in PRYSE Academy, check out our Volunteer Application here:

If you are a high school student we will consider you for a Counselor in Training role and will be paid through Learn and Earn. For more information, email

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 and follow-up calls will happen on a rolling basis, but no later than March 6th. Returning counselors will do a phone interview. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach an ARYSE staff member by emailing

*Also note, if you are accepted to work with us as a counselor you will be required to complete and submit Act 33 and Act 34 clearances and the FBI Fingerprint Background check if you have not lived in PA for 10+ years.*

Deadline to apply is February 7th.
E-mail with any questions or concerns.

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.