Kishwaukee Family YMCA

Youth Development Alerts Healthy Living Social Responsibiliy

Camp Power

camp power 6 camp power 5 camp powe 4Camp Power was developed in 2014  as a free, collaborative summer program offered onsite to children and their families living in University Village housing development which is comprised of 534 residential units.

In its inaugural year, through a joint effort of 25 different community organizations and nearly 500 volunteers, this culturally relevant, multi-dimensional wellness program offered an academic component, daily nutritious lunch service, structured physical activities, nutrition education, layered mentoring, life skills training, family engagement activities, paid employment opportunities to parents, exposure to a range of community resources, and daily, positive interaction with our police officers.

Community Partners: Kishwaukee Family YMCA, DeKalb Police, Voluntary Action Center, NIU (multiple departments), University Village,  DeKalb Park District,  DeKalb County Regional Office of Education

Camp Power served thousands of meals, provided children with a host of educational and recreational opportunities they may have never experienced before, and also created lasting relationships.

The ability to build a relationship and change a life outcome are inspiring, and knowing that we as a united community can make a difference here in our own neighborhoods is real, not just a talking point.  For the past two years, this ten-week program has been generously funded entirely by community based donations and grants, as well as many of our community stakeholders committing their staff to facilitate the program’s mission, relationship build, and embrace one another as respected members of our community.

Your donation to Camp Power will be placed in a restricted account with the Kishwaukee Family YMCA. Funds will be used exclusively for Camp Power.

We are hopeful you will consider joining us to support Camp Power’s mission to empower bodies and minds.  Your generous support will truly make an impact on the future of our community.

Click here to make a donation through the Kishwaukee Family YMCA

Click here to follow Camp Power on Facebook

Click here to view the volunteer sign up

Click to view our Camp Power Video >

Camp Power 2021

Camp Power and Power Up are collaborative summer programs for youth. Camp Power (5-10 year olds) and Power Up (11+ programs are available ONLY to Residents of University Village.

Camp Dates:  June 14-August 6
Location: Onsite at University Village
Cost: Free

Typical Daily Schedule:
11:30am – Camp Begins (Sign in of campers by an authorized adult)
11:30am – Lunch in the picnic area near the UV Office
12:00pm-2:00pm – Activities on University Village property and at Welsh Park
2:00pm-2:15pm – Healthy Snack
2:15pm -4:00pm – Games & Activities, Nutrition Education
4:00pm – Camp Ends (Campers signed out by an authorized adult)

Included in the Program:

  • Summer Lunch Program
  • Structured Physical Activities
  • Sports and Skill Development
  • Nutrition Education
  • Fieldtrips with NIU Athletics & the larger community
  • Work with Community Gardens
  • Curriculum-based games and activities and more!

Registration Forms can be picked up at the University Village Office or downloaded and returned to the University Village Office by June 7th

Camp Power Registration Forms

Camp Power Kick-Off Party
Thursday, June 3, 2021
University Village

For questions about Camp Power or Power Up, please contact Jen Lucchesi at or 815.375.5406