BENEFITING: THE STARFISH ALLIANCE INCORPORATED
The Starfish Alliance serves Franklin County, Ohio’s seven- to eleven-year-old foster care children through a summer camp, Royal Family Kids' Camp; and beginning in fall 2011 or 2012, through a long-term mentorship program called Royal Friends' Club.
Royal Family Kids' Camp offers a full week of positive memories for children who harbor painful memories of maltreatment. The week is chockfull of activities and events: swimming, sports, a variety show, a carnival, a birthday party and presents, making birdhouses, shopping in the free clothing store, hiking, painting, and a presentation from local talent.
In 2011 or 2012, Starfish will launch Royal Friends' Club, a mentorship facilitating long-term support from caring adults. For children who have been repeatedly abused or abandoned by adults, the need for this type of support is especially great. Children will experience one-to-one mentoring for four hours each month, and monthly club meetings and field trips.