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

Leadership & Administrative Staff

Russ Schulman, PhD

Manhattan Youth Associate Executive Director
As Manhattan Youth’s Associated Executive Director, Dr. Schulman helped start our first after-school and summer programs in the 1990s, and also serves as Staff Development Director. He created our first professional development and evaluation systems, supporting Manhattan Youth’s team of directors and hundreds of staff members.  Dr. Schulman’s other professional experience includes:  former NYC public elementary school teacher in East Flatbush, Brooklyn; current Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Single Parent Resource Center; and current Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, where for the past 10 years he has instructed courses for emerging school teachers on the integration of theory and practice, assessment guiding instruction, interdisciplinary curriculum integration, cross-cultural competence, and educational psychology.


Gabi Ajami

Downtown Day Camp Director
Working with Manhattan Youth since 1998, Gabi spent several years as Director of our IS 289 After-School Program, and more recently as Associate Director of the Downtown 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 for our campers. 

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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 4 to 1 at the Downtown Day Camp.  

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