YEP operates an annual Summer Camp that provides close to 100 Central City youth ages 7-13 with a fun, free, and engaging summer experience. During six week summer camp, youth participate in a variety of field trips that include visits to the Insectarium and Audubon Zoo. They receive two hot meals daily through Second Harvest Food Bank; they enjoy swimming lessons twice a week; they work on different arts and crafts projects; they take part in music, dance and computer literacy programs and they benefit from an array of age appropriate groups that focus on important issues like self-esteem, bullying and anger management. In addition, summer campers take part in daily educational learning activities to ensure that they are prepared to begin a new academic year in the fall and do not lose the academic gains that they made during the preceding school year.
An external evaluation of our 2012 Summer Camp found that 100 percent of parents and participants surveyed were satisfied with the camp and 96 percent of camp participants indicated the camp had helped them. Our 2013 Summer Camp served 76 youth and according to surveys, 100 percent of campers said the camp provided a safe environment and would recommend the summer camp to their friends and family. Finally, 60 percent of campers demonstrated an improvement in behavior, as evidenced by YEP's internal behavioral monitoring database.
YEP’s free Summer Camp has been a tremendous success and has tripled in the number of youth served in only one year!
$175 will pay for one bus to take campers to and from weekly swimming lessons.