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We are embarking on our 10th year of offering theCAMP at Young Terrace on June 19 - June 23rd, 2017. This includes kids from Young Terrace and Tidewater Park areas where volunteers have been investing and serving for the past year. theCAMP is the foundation and springboard for relationships that churches and organizations have built in the Young Terrace and Tidewater Park communities. Our vision is for racial reconciliation and overcoming social, economic and geographic barriers in the City of Norfolk.


Through a week-long sports and arts camp in these low-income neighborhoods, over 300 campers are afforded the opportunity to experience a wide array of activities. Most importantly, these children are offered a safe and nurturing environment where they foster relationships with other youth and volunteers at no cost to child, parent or community.


Young Terrace is a West Norfolk community that was established by the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority to provide housing for low-income individuals. For children living in this neighborhood, they are so often reduced to statistics that their personality and struggles can be forgotten and overlooked.

 

However, we want you to understand our vision behind this camp, so below are a few statistics that illustrate the odds that we are hoping to overcome:
•70% of the households fall below poverty level.
•56% are single mother households
•Summer Learning Loss is a real problem. More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high
school or enter college.
•50% of the population has less than a high school education

 

In 2015, theCAMP served 300 campers, engaging them in activities ranging from soccer and lacross to painting, yoga, 3-D Art, and dance. Each child had the opportunity to try new activities and build new relationships with other adults and children. TheCAMP serves as a launching point for other beneficial programs provided in Young Terrace.

We have forged a partnership with The United Way of South Hampton Roads to provide ongoing summer enrichment opportunities to these children as a part of our CAMP Continued program. During the school year our congregation partners with The Boys and Girls Club to offer Homework Club and after-school tutoring to encourage students to stay engaged and passionate about learning and their future.

Please join us as we embark on another great year of laughter, new friendships, and reconciliation in the inner city of Norfolk. 
 

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