Phillips Brooks House Association

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Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) is a student-run, staff supported public service/social action organization at Harvard College providing a variety of services to the Greater Boston community. PBHA programs effect social change through service and activism in partnership with local communities. PBHA programs operate independently, but are centrally coordinated to facilitate recruitment and funding from the UC.

Termtime Programs[edit]

  • Aiming for Higher Emerson Academic Development (AHEAD)
  • Alternative Spring Breaks (ASB)
  • Athena Program
  • Best Buddies
  • Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment Program (BRYE)
  • BRYE Extension
  • BRYE 1-2-1
  • BRYE Teen
  • BRYE Tutoring
  • CASP
  • Chinatown Committee
  • Chinatown Afterschool
  • Chinatown Big Sib
  • Chinatown Citizenship
  • Chinatown ESL
  • Chinatown Teen
  • Committee on Deaf Awareness (CODA)
  • Committee on the Blind (COB)
  • David Walker Scholars (DWS)
  • Dearborn Afterschool Program
  • Elderly Affairs Committee
  • Harvard Environmental Action Committee
  • Environmental Education (EnviroEd)
  • ExperiMentors
  • Franklin Afterschool Enrichment (FASE)
  • Franklin Teen Mentoring
  • Harvard Youth Leadership Initiative (HYLI)
  • Habitat for Humanity,
  • Harvard and Radcliffe Musical Outreach to Neighborhood Youth (HARMONY)
  • Harvard Emergency Medical Services Program (HEMS)
  • Harvard Emerging Literacy Project (HELP)
  • Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee (HULC)
  • Harvard Progressive Advocacy Group (HPAG)
  • Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
  • Housing Opportunities Program (HOP)
  • Kids with Special Needs Achievement Program (KSNAP)
  • Keylatch Afterschool Program
  • Keylatch Mentor
  • Mather School Tutoring (MST)
  • Mission Hill Committee
  • Mission Hill After-School Program (MHASP)
  • Mission Mentor (formerly Project Umoja)
  • Partners for Empowering Neighborhoods (PEN)
  • Pets as Therapy
  • Prison Education Program
  • Houston House
  • Suffolk County House of Correction
  • Youth Prison Tutoring Programs
  • Progressive Student Labor Movement (PSLM)
  • Project Literacy
  • Refugee Youth Term Enrichment (RYTE)
  • S.A.B.E.S.
  • Small Claims Advisory Service (SCAS)
  • South Boston Outreach Big Sibling
  • Strong Women, Strong Girls
  • Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM)
  • Wilderness 1-2-1
  • Youth Recreation Program

Summer Programs[edit]

Summer Urban Program (SUP)[edit]

SUP camps are not just camps in the community but are community camps. This means that everything we do is based on and embedded within our tight-knit communities.

The camp day, which typically runs from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, is divided into two main parts - mornings are spent engaged in classroom learning while afternoons are spent on educational and fun field trips in and around Boston. Camp staff includes 2 or more directors, college-age senior counselors, and high school-age junior counselors who come from the communities served by the camps.

The Summer Urban Program consists of 9 camps in Boston and 3 in Cambridge:

  • Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment (BRYE)
  • Cambridge Youth Enrichment Program (CYEP)
  • Chinatown Adventure (CHAD)
  • Franklin I-O Summer Program
  • Keylatch Summer Program
  • Mission Hill Summer Program (MHSP)
  • Native American Youth Enrichment Program (NAYEP)
  • Roxbury Youth Initiative (RYI)
  • South Boston Outreach (SBOS)
  • Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment (RYSE)

Other Summer Programs[edit]

  • Chinatown Citizenship
  • Chinatown ESL
  • HARMONY Summer
  • Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee (HULC)
  • House Opportunities Program (HOP)
  • Small Claims Advisory Service (SCAS)
  • St. James Summer Shelter
  • Summer Science


Alumni of the Phillips Brooks House Association include figures as diverse as Justice David Souter, ACLU founder Roger Nash Baldwin, Dr. Robert Coles, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and countless other leaders for social change in communities across America, including Richard Buery, CEO of the Children's Aid Society,