For most kids, summer is about going on vacation, enjoying the outdoors and being with friends. But for the 1 in 10 New York City public school children living in unstable housing, summer doesn’t always come with these simple pleasures.
At Camp Rise Up, youth ages 12-15 living in temporary housing get to experience all the joy summer has to offer: fun outdoor and creative activities, making new friends and learning essential life skills that promote self-care, self-reliance and self-confidence, in a beautiful rural environment.
Camp Rise Up provides a respite and unburdens youth of the unique set of responsibilities that come with being homeless. Away from the city and the stresses of shelter living, it’s a rare, unencumbered opportunity for them to learn about the natural world and themselves. Camp may only last a week, but the effects can last a lifetime.