This is our 4th year of Camp Xavier!
We are looking for fun, creative, and reliable counselors!
Sunday, July 14th-Friday July 19th
The University of Southern California Village Community Room
(yes, it’s at USC. they give us free space. don’t hold it against us)
Some info about Camp Xavier:
Camp will be held on the campus of USC.
Camp will be held from approximately 8:00am-4:30pm each day.
We will be working with foster youth from the 3rd-8th grade.
The students will attend 5 days of day camp, where they will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as arts & crafts, sports, photography, and drama, (just to name a few).
There will be two mandatory training sessions the week before and one meeting the week after.
Earn over 50 Service Hours in one week!
Some info about being a Volunteer Counselor:
Volunteers will serve as Camp Counselors, the backbone to our program. Volunteers will be asked to take part in a variety of tasks including supervising, directing or organizing participants; providing one-on-one assistance; overseeing a variety of sports and activities; overseeing meal support or daily set-up and clean-up of classrooms and common areas.
Positions will be determined based on experience, prior service, availability, and personal preferences.
The most important responsibility is being a positive role model to campers, leading by example and building their confidence and self-esteem. We’re committed to delivering a quality, enriched experience for the children.
All volunteers will be required to take a background check.
What we are looking for in a Volunteer:
At least 18 years of age
Previous experience working with children
Previous experience working at a summer camp would be great!
Specialty skills are desirable (i.e. arts & crafts, dance, songs/music, sports, drama, storytelling / skits, recreational games, etc.)
Ability to plan, lead and participate in a range of activities in a variety of outdoor/indoor settings
Must be extremely energetic, outgoing, fun & enthusiastic
Must be a team player with a positive attitude and leadership skills
Must be self-motivated, innovative, creative and flexible
Must be dependable and responsible with a great work ethic
Do you have a special skill or hobby that you love? Bring your passion to our youth by running a session or two highlighting what you do best!
We are excited to meet with you and talk with you all about Camp Xavier and The Academy Project, and find out what we can do together to help bring foster youth from South Los Angeles a great summer camp experience!
The Academy Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working with foster youth in South Los Angeles to improve life and academic outcomes through holistic support with community, education, and empowerment. We offer two programs: Camp Xavier, our summer program and The Co-Op, our after-school program.
Did you know…
The STATE of California has a population of 65,000 foster youth. The COUNTY of Los Angeles has a population of 35,000 foster youth. The STATE of New York has a population of 26,000 foster youth. The systems set up to support foster youth in Los Angeles are overwhelmed and failing due to the incredible number of youth needing services
50% of foster youth will be homeless, incarcerated, and/or institutionalized 2 years after leaving the foster care system.
42% of foster youth will not graduate high school
Only 3% of Foster Youth go to college.
Because they are changing placements so often, Foster youth can attend anywhere from 7-20 schools while in care.
80% of Death Row inmates have been in foster care.
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