For most kids, summer is about going on vacation, enjoying the outdoors and being with friends. But for the one in 10 New York City public-school children living in temporary housing, summer doesn’t come with these simple pleasures.
At Camp Rise Up, unhoused youth can experience all the joys of summer: outdoor recreation, creative activities and making new friends in a beautiful rural environment. At the same time, they’re learning essential life skills that promote self-care, self-reliance and self-confidence.
A respite from the challenges of being homeless, Camp Rise Up provides a care-free week for kids to be kids—an 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.