Camp 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, Conexion Communidad, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, DeKalb Public Library, DeKalb Park District, Immanual Lutheran Church, Kishwaukee Health System Now Part of Northwestern Medicine, 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.