Pittsburgh Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment (PRYSE) Academy is a free summer day camp for immigrant and refugee youth in middle and high school living in Allegheny County. The goal of the program is to help participants feel safe and welcomed in their new home by supporting them in developing self-confidence, English skills, and engaging in the broader community. The program combines academic classes, creative expression workshops, and sports.
A day at PRYSE Academy is broken into two major sections: in the morning, students are in counselor-led classrooms learning English and other relevant content areas and in the afternoon post-lunch, they attend interactive workshops or field trips involving arts and creative expression. On various afternoons (on average, 2 days during the week) throughout the program, students and counselors play soccer. Participants are also tasked with developing a personal storytelling project over the course of the three week program which they present on the last day of PRYSE at a public final showcase.