It was a tough year for families navigating both a pandemic and remote learning. It was even more challenging for the 114,000* New York City school students living with homelessness, who lacked the technology and a stable home in which they could keep up with their schoolwork.
At Camp Rise Up, youth ages 12-15 living with homelessness 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.
*New York Times