- HIV/AIDS Education and Community Outreach: Camp Dreamcatcher staff, volunteers and members of the “Teen Speaker’s Bureau” provide HIV/AIDS education and community outreach. In 2013, members of our Teen Speaker’s Bureau, volunteers and staff members provided outreach to 58 middle schools, high schools, universities and community groups throughout the year, reaching 6,000 people.
- Our New Counselor Training will be held in June and all of our counselors will move into Camp Saginaw for training on August 17th & 18th, 2014.
- Teen Leadership Retreat: Our 11th Teen Leadership Retreat was held April 5th & 6th, 2014. The 25 participants enjoyed a weekend of therapeutic, educational and recreational activities.
- Mentoring Program: This program offers an experiential learning environment for young adults whose lives have been touched by HIV/AIDS and empowers youth to understand their full potential as caring and compassionate citizens through the development of a mentor/mentee relationship. Our first Mentoring Training was held on June 8th & 9th, 2013 and the 10 mentees were matched with 10 mentors during the 2013 camp session.
- Adopt-a-Family Program: The Adopt-a-Family Program is held in November and December each year. In 2013, over 1,000 gifts were distributed to 118 children.
- Family support and advocacy services are provided throughout the year. These services include transportation to medical appointments, assistance with applications and serving as mentors to young adults as they make the transition into college life.
- Therapeutic and Educational Camp Session: We welcomed 117 HIV/AIDS impacted youth to our 2013 camp session and 46% of the campers were HIV/AIDS infected and the remaining children had an HIV/AIDS infected family member or had lost a family member to AIDS. The 2014 camp session will be held August 17th – 23rd at Camp Saginaw. Read more about Camp
35% of the youth served in 2014 by Camp Dreamcatcher are HIV/AIDS infected and the remaining children have an HIV/AIDS infected family member or have lost a family member to AIDS. 82% are African American, 11% Latino, 6% Caucasian and 1% Asian American. 96% of the children are low-income and most do not have access to free therapeutic and educational programs in their own communities. 68 females and 55 males participated in the camp session. We adapt and expand our programs to meet the changing needs of HIV/AIDS impacted youth, who face complicated challenges beyond the issue of HIV/AIDS. The psychosocial information collected in evaluations and camper applications indicates that 70% of the campers have experienced some form of abuse, 25% have been diagnosed with a mental illness and 50% have lost a family member. Our free therapeutic and educational programs offer a safe place for the campers to talk openly about their problems and receive support from licensed or certified professionals.