Turn on the power: Volunteer with University Village’s summer program

Camp Power barbecueSometimes, it really does take a village – or, in the case of DeKalb, a University Village.

NIU, University Village, the City of DeKalb Police Department, DeKalb County Community Gardens, DeKalb County KEYS/Ben Gordon Center, Kishwaukee Community Hospital, the Kishwaukee Family YMCA, Live Healthy DeKalb County, New Hope Baptist Church and Voluntary Action Center have come together to create Camp Power.

Camp Power is a collaborative summer program designed to respond to the pressing issues of child hunger and elevated youth crimes in the University Village apartment complex during the summer months. Every week, youth residents will participate in academic tutoring, mentoring, field trips and planned physical activity.

A nutritional education component will also be integrated in addition to daily healthy lunches for residents in the program and a development of a community garden.

Through these activities, Camp Power offers University Village youth residents a structured outlet during the day, providing a sense of community among them and opportunities to enhance academic skills outside of school. This program will engage youth and families in a variety of recreation activities, teach multiple ways to utilize the vast array of recreational resources in their immediate neighborhood and assist them in developing healthy food options through education and the community garden.

Camp Power barbecue

Camp Power is set to run Monday through Thursday from June 23  to Aug. 7.

Volunteers are needed each week to interact with University Village youth residents through tutoring, recreation assistance, field trip assistance, and nutritional education. This volunteer opportunity is an empowering avenue for the DeKalb community to get involved and witness the direct change they can make to others and their community.

For volunteer information and sign-up, visit http://bit.ly/1pdjf4f. Email Kathryn Olson at kolson6@niu.edu with any questions.

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