2016 Session Summaries .pdf
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Session 1 & 2 - Organizational Partner: Project GRAD, Los Angeles
Outcomes/Goals: College Readiness/Retention + Social and Emotional Learning
PGLA works with urban youth from the San Fernando Valley to prepare them for college applications
and life. These sessions will equip campers with skills necessary to properly navigate the college
application process. A Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) component will teach campers to
maintain positive mental health through the stressful process.
Session 3 - Organizational Partner: The Village Nation
Outcomes/Goals: Community Building, Youth Empowerment, Social Activism
The Village Nation (TVN) is a non-profit that works with various schools in the greater Los Angeles
area. Focusing on creating an engaging learning environment, TVN works to empower AfricanAmerican youth and help them envision a brighter future for themselves and their community. The
week of camp will serve as a culmination of the efforts of the school year to create a sense of
community amongst the campers, and motivate them to be leaders within their community.
Session 4 - Organizational Partner: UCLA Community School/LA Times + McCormick Fund
Outcomes/Goals: Literacy Intervention/Addressing the Summer Learning Loss
Entering it’s fourth year, AcademiCamp is a four week program focusing on addressing the summer
learning loss. Before attending camp, campers participate in a three week literacy intervention day
camp to enhance reading skills. The resident camp program focuses on creating an educational
setting in the outdoors and reinforces the skills they learned during the day camp program.
Session 5 - Organizational Partner: TBD
Outcomes/Goals: Expression, Community, and Empowerment Through Art.
Campers will utilize art as a form of expression to help them navigate their lives at home. Utilizing
outcome based programs to focus attention on the process of art, campers learn core values for
success.. Arts and crafts, poetry, drama, and dance are all different art forms that campers will use to
create a larger sense of engagement of their bodies and minds. The program will create
opportunities for campers to engage in artful expression down the mountain as well.
Session 6 - Organizational Partner: Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles
Outcomes/Goals: Healthy Lifestyles
This session will educate campers on the importance of healthy lifestyles. From nutrition and fitness,
to mental health, CHLA medical professionals work with UCLA student leaders to develop a program
that empowers campers to make healthy lifestyle choices on their own. Campers are referred from
the CHLA Childhood Obesity and Diabetes Programs. Through a week of activities, educational
programs, and fun, campers understand the value of maintaining healthy lifestyles year round.
Session 7 - Organizational Partner: Dana Middle School
Outcomes/Goals: Nonviolent Communication and Urban Youth Development
Working with Dana Middle School, this session will address the immense influence that violence and
bullying has on students of San Pedro and the surrounding areas. Programs will focus on teaching
campers methods of nonviolent communication in order to address the many issues of violence and
bullying in their community. Campers will learn to work with others, than against them, and
understand the importance of building a community of inclusivity.