Leadership & Staff

We are devoted to creating a safe, enriching and caring community. Our team of experienced summer camp and education professionals supports over 100 activity specialists and counselors.

Downtown Day Camps Director & Manhattan Youth Associate Executive Director
Russ Schulman, PhD
In addition to being at the Downtown Day Camps since the beginning in 1992, Russ has over two decades of experience ranging from elementary school teacher to teacher educator. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Education from New York University. Famous for his pleasant manner, people skills and sense of humor, Russ is responsible for the positive, professional and collaborative atmosphere at our summer camps.

Associate Camp Director
Gabi Sasson
Working with Manhattan Youth since 1998, Gabi has recently spent several years as Director of our IS 289 After-School Program, and has also directed our Senior Division Day Camp. Her extensive experience in youth and recreation programs compliment her enthusiasm for working with our children, families, and staff. Gabi works closely with our camp team leaders, specialty staff, and counselors to ensure that we provide a safe, exciting, and fun-filled environment.

Team Leaders
Each group in camp is assigned to one of our Team Leaders/Division Supervisors, most of whom have worked with us for over 10 years! Our Team Leaders have a wealth of experience working in schools and summer camps as teachers and administrators. This added level of supervision ensures that our counselors are coached to meet the highest professional standards. It is typical for 100% of our team leaders to return each season.

Activity Specialists and Counselors
We have experienced teachers and counselors working with the children at our summer camps. More than 80% of our activity specialists and counselors return each season. When other summer camps hear about our staff return rates, they're simply speechless. Building the type of community that both campers and staff want to return to each summer is vitally important to us.

Supervision Ratio
We believe the most important thing at camp is proper supervision, and lots of it. We are proud of the fact that our overall camper to staff ratio is 3 to 1 at the Downtown Day Camps.         

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