Our campers come from many different immigrant and refugee populations from around the Pittsburgh area. Campers have represented the Congolese, Iraqi, El Salvadoran, Kenyan, Nepali Bhutanese, Somali-Bantu, and Uzbek refugee communities. Our campers are between 12 and 16 years old and all attend public schools. During the camp, they are immersed in a curriculum of academic preparedness and creative expression. Academic preparation consists of blending STEM and art lessons into writing projects in order to improve  English skills. Campers also learn about different ways to express themselves, such as painting, songwriting, theater, dance, video animation, and poetry. They use these mediums to tell the Pittsburgh community about their unique experiences in a final public showcase at the end of the three week camp.

To learn more about the immigrant and refugee populations and how they came to Pittsburgh, please visit the Cultural Orientation Resource Center.

Hear our students' voices!

Pittsburgh's local NPR news station interviewed 9 PRYSE Academy students to showcase their stories and experiences at summer camp:

Anje and Anna

Fartuna, Soniya, and Lorraine

Hussein, Neema, Mbavumoja, and Maryam

Nomination Forms

Students can be nominated to be PRYSE campers by teachers, resettlement caseworkers, parents, mentors, and other community members.

Nominate a student today!

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Creative Expression Projects

The collection of photos, writings, and artwork by campers from 2013 is available here.

These are just a few samples of the unique storytelling projects completed by PRYSE over the years. Check out more at our YouTube page.

Dash, 2013

Sardorbek, 2013

Radha, 2013