We energize, educate, and empower by offering sports-based youth programs, along with academic enrichment activities, with a focus on participation, healthy competition and teamwork. Trained Youth Staff serve as role models encouraging the kids to embrace challenges, rise to meet higher expectations, and celebrate success. For our youngest students, Urban Dove offers:
Urban Dove HiRisers After School Program
The HiRisers Program is a sports-based youth development program run for youth by youth. Urban Dove trains Youth Staff (our Urban Dove high school students) to mentor students in elementary school. They help build literacy skills through academic enrichment projects and homework assistance and teach kids important life-skills including communication, teamwork and leadership through sports. The HiRisers Finale brings all participants from various schools together for a festive day of sports, games, performances and recognition.
Urban Dove Summer Day Camp
Urban Dove operates a 6-week, full day, summer camp that includes sports and recreation, including weekly swimming, field trips, and academic enrichment projects to curb summer learning loss. Urban Dove's Youth Staff serve as camp counselors, ensuring that the bonding and trust built during the school year continue throughout the summer.
Urban Dove Sleep Away Camp (Camp Watitoh)
The 7th week of our summer day camp is a week out of the city and into the fresh air of the Berkshire Mountains. Over 200 kids experience being away from home (some for the first time!) where they learn about independence and responsibility, celebrate success in new activities, and overcome fear by building confidence and self-esteem. The week includes lots of “firsts” – first splash in a lake, first trip on a boat, first time away from home – and is an experience of a lifetime.