Learning to swim!
Summer Camp 2016 is quickly approaching! Our staff is hard at work planning the week and recruiting volunteers. Camp Horizon provides a unique experience for our foster youth by matching each child with his/her own volunteer mentor counselor. For every 40 foster youth we bring to camp, we have 40 trained and compassionate counselors ready to guide them through an amazing week of growth and self-discovery. We are dedicated to this 1:1 mentor match program because during the past 34 years, we've seen the impact personalized and focused attention can have on a child who has suffered trauma. With at least one committed and caring adult, these children begin to see the world in a new way. We show them that they have a voice and they are important, and in time, they believe it. Our hope is that we are breaking the cycle of abuse and that we're instilling a sense of self worth in children who are often forgotten.
Josh Shipp, a former foster youth, explains these important connections in this video: ONE Caring Adult.
Staying connected with our foster youth is crucial to maintaining positive connections, so our services don't end when camp is over. We provide year-round events that are free to our participants, and include a mix of fun and educational experiences. In December, we hosted our annual holiday party that included a traditional holiday meal, games, crafts, and a special visit from Santa! Each child received a new outfit, toy, fleece jacket, hat and gloves.
In February, our campers and volunteers reconnected for a day of bowling at Brunswick Zone. Our bowling scores may not have been very high that day, but the love and energy was through the roof!
Thank you for supporting the important work we do for Atlanta's foster youth. We're working to make a positive difference, and with your support, we're doing it TOGETHER.
Santa bringing gifts to our campers!
Reconnecting at the bowling alley!