Mission: UCLA UniCamp is the official student charity of the University of California, Los Angeles. UniCamp operates as an independently funded, secular, non-profit organization linking today''s University students with the Los Angeles community. Each year, UniCamp inspires approximately 1,000 children from low-income families to envision brighter futures by sending them, along with 350 Student Volunteers, to its residential outdoor summer camp. UCLA UniCamp establishes a continuum of care - a structure in which children in need are given the opportunity to become a productive member of the community.
Target demographics: UCLA UniCamp serves low -income and foster care youth throughout Los Angeles.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 1,000 Campers per year
Geographic areas served: Los Angeles
Programs: W.A.L.L. is a co-ed group of diverse teenagers from highly urban areas of Los Angeles, led by an Outdoor Recreation Specialist/Guide, and 2 UniCamp W.A.L.L. Counselors who have each completed over 100 hours of training each. It teaches participants teamwork and perseverance throughout a physically and mentally demanding 4 day, 26 mile hike to the peak of San Gorgonio in the San Bernardino Mountains. Participants are given responsibilities during the hike that help them build leadership and outdoor survival skills, in addition to an overarching theme of environmental awareness and conservation. Upon returning from the hike, W.A.L.L. campers use their newly acquired skills to mentor and serve as role models to the younger campers.
I came to UniCamp was a 11 and it was one of the most amazing experiences for me. I kept coming back every year until I was 16, for me, if it wasn't for UniCamp, I wouldn't have ever thought that I could accomplish anything in my life. As a child who lacked a childhood, UniCamp gave me one for a week every summer. I know that I was not the only kid who felt that way at camp either, after meeting so many kids who came from similar homes, this was our escape and it taught every one of us that we could be whoever we wanted to be.