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Gadsden State to host camp for high school students

Gadsden, Ala. – Area students can participate in enrichment activities offered during a three-day youth camp hosted on Gadsden State Community College’s Valley Street Campus, the area’s only Historically Black College and University campus.

The 2022 Empowerment Camp will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 7-9 in the Learning Resource Center at 600 Valley Street in Gadsden.

“Empowerment Camp 2022 will focus on activities that promote personal growth, financial literacy and interaction,” said Shameka Gilyard, Title III director. We want students to complete the camp feeling empowered with knowledge, tools and skills they can use to be successful in high school, college and beyond.”

Each day of camp, participants will have the opportunity to interact with speakers and presenters from Gadsden State, from the community and from the Family Success Center. An excursion to the Wallace Drive Campus will take place the last day of camp. This trip will include an interactive introduction to the College’s Health Science Programs.

With funds received from the U.S. Department of Education, this event is coordinated and conducted by the Title III Program located on the Valley Street Campus. The camp is free to participants; however, space is limited and registration is required.

For more information about Empowerment Camp 2022, contact Shameka Gilyard at 256-549-8667 or by email at or

Empowerment Camp at Gadsden State's Valley Street Campus

Students from last year’s Empowerment Camp are pictured with tin can robot cars built during the morning of the one-day session. This year’s camp will return to the three-day camp format.

About the U.S. Department of Education Title III Grant – Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP):  The Title III Grant (SIP)  is designed to help higher education institutions expand their capacity to serve at-risk students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the institution’s academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability.  Funding for the Title III Program at Gadsden State Community College is provided by the Department of Education through its Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program (HBCU) to enhance the academic programs, fiscal management, and physical resources of the Valley Street Campus.