16 May, 2017
Educational, financial and career-focused activities are available to area students in grades 9-12 at the annual Empowerment Youth Summer Camp on the Valley Street Campus of Gadsden State Community College. The camp will be held June 7-8 at the area’s only recognized Historically Black College and University Campus (HBCU).
“The goal of the camp is to assist teens with transforming dreams into reality by providing some of the life and academic tools needed to become college educated and community-oriented leaders,” said Kimberly Crook Campbell, Activity 1 director and camp coordinator for HBCU-Title III Program at Gadsden State.
The focus of the camp, which is coordinated and conducted by the Title III program at the Valley Street Campus, is college readiness. The camp session subjects include technical careers, the value of education, budgeting for college, scholarships, cyber and personal etiquette and banking/finance. They will also participate in the “RU4REAL?” personal finance simulation.
Participating campers will be exposed to the programs available at the Valley Street Campus. Other excursions include a trip to see the anatomy and cadaver laboratories located at Gadsden State’s Wallace Drive Campus. On Day 2, campers will participate in “The Power Principal” session conducted by Tony Reddick, director of student services for Gadsden City Schools.
The Empowerment Youth Summer Camp will conclude with each camper receiving a personalized success tool-kit.
“The tool-kit is designed to assist campers with tracking accomplishments critical to their college application process and subsequent employment, such as academic records, awards, community service activities, hobbies, workshops, organizations, sample resumes and networking contacts,” Campbell said.
Participants will also receive a book package of titles designed to acquaint them with money management skills and promote building a sound financial structure as a teenager that can transition into adulthood.
For registration or additional information about Empowerment Youth Summer Camp, please contact Campbell at 256-546-8681 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The camp is free to participants but space is limited. The camp is paid for with funds received from the U.S. Department of Education.