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The ELM Project

The ELM Project
CROWDRISE : Aug 09, 2010
Tax ID: 06-1431690
BASED: Stamford, CT, United States


The ELM Project

The mission of The ELM Project is to enhance the lives of youth living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease by providing an enriching summer camp experience, year-round skill building and a supported transition to adulthood.


The ELM Project began in 1995 as Camp AmeriKids, a residential summer camp program for children living with HIV/AIDS.  Since then, we have opened our doors to children with sickle cell disease and have grown into an organization that serves even more young people.   In 2015, to better encompass the various opportunities available, which includes Camp AmeriKids, our teen leadership program and a mentor program for young adults, we adopted the name The ELM Project.  ELM stands for Encourage Lead Mentor and represents the tenets we strive for in our programming. 


The programs we provide our children have a cumulative and impactful result on their lives.   They start with us at Camp AmeriKids as young children and we provide them with opportunities they would not otherwise have had.   The cumulative effects of these opportunities broaden their horizons and increases their self-confidence and outlook about their futures.   Many of them go on to graduate on to our leadership program where they have further opportunities to learn and grow into engaged leaders of the community.   Our new mentor program allows us to remain connected to our youth on a one-on-basis and continue to offer them guidance and support at a crucial time in their lives.   Many of our graduated youth return to summer camp as counselors to give back and to help provide understanding and comfort to the younger children.    

Camp AmeriKids started with 80 children hosted during a single, one-week session.  Today, as The ELM Project, we have grown to serving over 275 youth every year.   Our programs are offered completely free of charge for all our participants. <!--![endif]----><!--![endif]---->




Tax ID: 06-1431690 •


The ELM Project

The ELM Project

Amount Raised:








109% Raised of $65,000 Goal