Eighty-three students and thirteen staff members from Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, CA just returned from Camp Everytown. After students finished Camp, they filled out surveys. Here's what students had to say:
"Camp inspired me to be myself and to help others around me."
"I feel more confident and will stand up for people who are being put down."
"I was inspired to be a better brother and to set an example and high expectations for my siblings."
"I see myself being less judgemental and inspiring people to accept and create more acts of kindness."
"I will take more time to reach out to those who are alone at school."
Not only do we measure outcomes qualitatively, we measure quantitatively, too. Results from the 2011-2012 school year show:
These results are made possible by YOUR support. Thank YOU!
During the 2011-2012 school year, over 600 high school students from schools throughout the Bay Area attended Camp Everytown. Additionally, we have initiated follow-up programs with three high schools to support them in spreading the Camp Everytown messages of respect and acceptance throughout their high school.
Here’s the story of one of our Camp Alums, who returned twice this year as a Camp Counselor:
As a young child, Colby suffered from abuse and had been placed in the foster care system. As he got older, he “…felt alone and angry. I would get into fights for no good reason.” When he was a high school sophomore, Colby was chosen by one of his teachers to attend our Camp Everytown program, a four-day retreat where students learn to replace prejudice and hate with respect and appreciation.
“Camp Everytown had a huge impact on my life. I realized I was not the only one who had been a victim or had anger issues. Camp helped me to get to know people for who they are on the inside, not just the outside. For the first time, I saw how words and actions could really hurt others. After Camp, I had much more empathy for others. Violence no longer seemed the answer to fix things since it would just lead to more violence.”
Colby will soon graduate from San Jose State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He wanted to return to Everytown this year as a Camp Counselor to help today’s high school students learn what he did.
On May 3, 2011, Silicon Valley FACES hosted its first ever fundraising luncheon entitled "Building a Community Free of Bias and Bigotry Together" at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.
The over 300 people in attendance watched the premiere of a video showing the impact that Camp Everytown has made on the hundreds of youth who have participated over the 15 years of the program's existence.
The video highlights several Camp Everytown alumni who attribute their experience at Camp to helping transform their lives:
"Camp Everytown made a big difference in my world...Camp Everytown really allowed me to reflect on who I was and what I can do to take forward my personal experience and turn it into something positive, rather than dwelling on it. I remember coming back from Camp Everytown feeling completely empowered and really started caring about school...for the first time in my life...and wanting to graduate..it allowed me to really see what our world can be without all the isms and the things that divide us..." - Andre, Camp Everytown Alum
"I used to think a lot about what other people thought about me. How they saw me was how I kinda saw myself...and so hearing that we actually should start loving ourselves more and not pay attention to what other people have to say to us...I took that to heart. And to this day, I don't listen to things that are negative about me; I just shut them out because it's not important, cuz what other people think of me doesn't mean it IS me." - Nandi, Camp Everytown Alum