Would you take a summer job on a boat if you couldn't swim?

Summer at UrbanPromise

Would you take a summer job on a boat if you couldn't swim?

For most of us, the answer is no way. But at UrbanPromise we encourage kids to try new things, try hard things, try things we never imagined we could do.

When Carina applied for a StreetLeader job with our celebrated RiverGuides program, she knew she couldn’t swim. A friend had prodded her to apply so they could both spend the summer getting paid to guide tours down the Tidal Cooper River. Once she realized she would have to go through the rigorous training program and learn to properly paddle, steer the canoe and (gulp)...swim, she didn’t back down.

Days in the local swimming pool culminated in a jump into the deep end - has there ever been a better metaphor for facing life’s challenges? Carina jumped.

Surrounded by caring and supportive UrbanPromise staff, Carina emerged from the pool to applause, grinning ear to ear. A mere three days later she spent the day on the river, intentionally capsizing her canoe to practice rescue techniques. This summer, she will proudly wear a t-shirt that says CREW on the back. If you haven’t been given a tour of the river yet, you are missing out.

Carina won’t be the only kid trying something new this summer. 54 teens will be employed at UrbanPromise, in either our StreetLeader or RiverGuide Programs, and for many it will be their first job, first paycheck, first adult responsibility.

There will be many firsts for our young people this summer at UrbanPromise. Some will try a practice test for the SAT for the first time. Some will learn to ride a bike. Some will tour local corporations and get exposure to potential future careers. Some will open their first checking account. Some will try yoga. Some will walk over the Ben Franklin Bridge. Have you tried that yet?

To say we are excited to welcome back hundreds of kids to our summer camps is a wild understatement.