Youth Empowerment

October 2018
Youth Empowerment

Sponsored by Nemours and held at Camp Barnes from August 24–26, this event targeted students from 7th to 12th grade and served of a total of 75 participants.

Key Partners for this annual camp included:

  • Delaware State Police
  • Nemours
  • First State Community Action Agency
  • DE Public Health
  • Kent Prevention Services
  • Communities in School
  • For His Glory Ministries
  • The CAUSE, and other local community partners

This was the second year for this overnight camp. Impact was made in all areas of health (mental, spiritual, financial and physical). Access to healthcare was one of the primary focus points to this underserved population. Kids were exposed to presentations on various topics including opioid drug prevention, Botvin Life Skills, ACES and Water Safety. They also learned how to deal with trauma associated with violence in their communities and neighborhoods. This free camp was supported financially by Nemours and utilized monetary or food donations from local partners including: For His Glory Ministries, The Starboard Restaurant, DE State Police, and the Sussex County Health Coalition, as well as others.

This summer program is committed to helping youth be more resilient as they deal with trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACES) that could lead to improved health.

Noted local providers included:

  • Dr. Brittany Hazzard, School Therapist/Cape Henlopen School District
  • Mark Harmon, Kent Prevention Services Drug Prevention Trainer
  • Dr. Alisha Broughton, College Prep
  • Jessica Morris, Life Guard- Water Safety

The youth received scholarship information from colleges and universities and information about community programs and resources that may be helpful for them as well as their families. The campers also produced a short PSA video with "The CAUSE” in order to promote awareness around opioid addiction. These PSA’s may be selected to air throughout the state.


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