This is a summer program for the kids in our city often forgotten... many living in poverty... some staying in extended stay hotels or shelters with their families or grandparents as they try to make their way in this post pandemic world where lower-income housing options continue to disappear and inflation drives prices higher and higher. We started our summer camp program 5 years ago because we were tired of seeing the streets claim our kids' attention and shape their lives toward destructive patterns... The last last two years we developed work programs to add to the impact. Our youth made some money, AND had fun doing it. This year we are doing it again Except we have doubled in size!
We partner with local owned businesses to offer a teen work experience and multiple weeks of fun camps for young people ages 7-18. It's a perfect Work Hard/Play Hard summer!
Our Bankhead Renaissance program provides a safe place where our youth will learn various career skills, work ethic, character, financial management, and a whole lot more... And they will work alongside local businesses. We will help supplement the pay for the businesses mentoring our youth to help them not take a loss and to show the value to them of their time taken to help train this next generation to be hard workers with innovativeness and integrity.
When? June 6th - July 30th.
What? Through your generous gifts we are empowering local businesses owners in various fields and paying our youth to apprentice under these experts for 4 weeks, acquiring job skills while also being mentored by these strong, Godly leaders... and the youth get to make some honest money too! Sounds pretty un-boring right? Some of the work our kids will be doing will be in a studio, hair salon, painting, performance venues, video shoots, sound engineering, lawn care, car wash, daycare, and helping with the food bank.
In the midst of the summer various youth will have a chance to break away to go to some of our favorite camps! Camp Highland, God's Farm, Camp Grace and of course Warrior Week. Work hard AND Play hard!
How does it work? We have kids and teens joining us this summer and we are putting everything we can into their spiritual, mental, emotional and vocational development. Through strategic partnerships with generous donors as well as business partners, we are attempting something that we believe will matter greatly to the futures of our youth. Help us help them!
We have grown 40% this last year and need two two vehicles as well as the funds to operate a camp for this many kids. We need your support.