With more than a 25 year history of working with urban youth during the school year and summer, Camp Fire West Michigan 4C's introduced our newest summer program: Summer H.E.A.T. in 2020. With much of the school and infrastructures closed as a result of the pandemic, we want to assure urban youth three things:
The community cares about how they fair.
There is a place for them to conven safely and engage in life-giving, future oriented activities.
The community and our leaders will use their influence to hear, support, engage and speak life into their situations.
Summer H.E.A.T. targets urban high school males living in predominately low-opportunity, under-resourced neighborhoods. The Summer H.E.A.T. academy focuses on 5 key areas:
Thriveology - youth focus on their social-emotional selves, including managing emotions, improving decision making and adopting a growth mind-set.
Mind-Push - Youth particiapte in academic enrichment & supports through digital learning platforms like Khan Academy. This will stem summer learning loss and engage them in SAT preparation.
Future-Orientation - Youth Focus on discovering their purpose, talents, skills and connect these to future opportunities and careers.
Wisdom Speaks - Fashioned after the infamous Morehouse College Convocation, urban youth hear from community role models with proven success and similar stories. They relfect on what;s possible in their lives when focus and intentionality are deployed.
Health & Wisdom - Youth engage in low-impact health and wellness exercises and games to get the body moving, exert youthful energy and keep the body agile.
Young people want to shape the world.
Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.