CAMP XAVIER WILL CHANGE THE LIFE OF FOSTER YOUTH WHO HAVE THE ODDS STACKED AGAINST THEM!
*50% of Foster Youth will be homeless or in prison two years after leaving care
*A Foster Youth attends between 7-20 schools while in care and looses 4-6 months of progress with each move
*70% of the prison population has been in foster care
*Only 1.2% of Foster Youth will graduate university with a degree
A CHILD'S DIRECTION CAN BE CHANGED BY ONE POSITIVE MOMENT THAT GIVES THEM THE TOOLS TO BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES AND THEIR FUTURE.
Camp Xavier gives these kids the experiences, encouragement and a place for them to belong. Please help with anything you can. It only costs $300 per child for the 2 week camp. Every $50, $100, $300, or more gets us closer to our goal of 40 kids this year.
Campers will attend 5 days of day camp at USC, culminating in a 7 day sleep-away trip in the San Bernardino mountains, which we are delivering in partnership with the awesome UCLA Unicamp. Campers will participate in new and exciting activities that include:
- Mountain biking
- A challenge ropes course
- 50 foot Alpine Climbing Tower
- Arts and Crafts
Camp Xavier was a huge success last summer, due in no small part to you, our very generous supporters. Camp was even more transformational than we expected. When our kids came off the bus at the end of the week, they were so excited to share all of their adventures and all of the cool things they learned with their caregivers. BIg smiles and lots of yarn necklaces for all!
Camp Xavier has proven to be the highlight of the year for many of our campers and we have so many brothers and sisters of past campers who want to join us that we have doubled the number of campers to 40! Which means we need your support more than ever.
Thanks to the continued generosity of UCLA Unicamp, the cost to send a camper to a full week of summer camp in Bear Mountain, all expenses included (bus to and from, housing, food, activities, life changing experiences) is still only $300.
Unlike many programs, our target audience are those foster youth currently most at risk of not completing their high school diploma (as opposed to those demonstrating the most potential). We believe through community, empowerment and education, we can help set these children onto a path for success.
Most of our campers will have been through a lot; many never having left the city before, let alone had the kind of experience they'll have at camp. Think about what you'd pack for camp.... many foster youth don't have a sleeping bag or bathing suit. As well as supporting the costs of camp, your kind donations will also be going towards making sure they have everything they need and are ready for two jam packed weeks of fun!
Many of you have helped us raise money for Camp Xavier these last two summers and its success is due to your kindness. We are only able to grow and bring our innovative programming to more foster and homeless youth because you take the time to support The Academy Project. Every dollar really does count and we here at TAP are continually amazed at the depth of your generosity. .
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR SENDING 40 DESERVING CHILDREN TO CAMP, HELPING US BRING THE WONDERS OF SUMMER CAMP TO FOSTER AND HOMELESS YOUTH, AND SUPPORTING OUR MOVEMENT TO CHANGE OUTCOMES FOR THE FOSTER KIDS OF LOS ANGELES!
On behalf of these amazing kids, THANK YOU!!
Lauren, Patricia, Amy, Stan, and Cheyenne
The Academy Project
THE ACADEMY PROJECT--WORKING TO CHANGE EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES FOR FOSTER YOUTH IN LOS ANGELES THROUGH COMMUNITY, EMPOWERMENT AND EDUCATION www.theacademyproject.org