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Artists Striving To End Poverty Inc
August 7, 2009

I just finished my 3rd year working with Artists Striving To End Poverty Inc. (ASTEP) in it's Homestead, Florida High School Summer Camp. The work that they do there can only be described as palpable. I can't imagine planning a year without including some time to volunteer for them. They have a habit of creating a welcoming atmosphere that seems to touch you before you get on the plane. You feel the family forming before you meet your team and by the time you're in the same room it's already like you've known each other for months. It's not enough to read about the magic that happens there, it must be experienced physically. There is something that changes the air about working with them that everyone feels. I have witnessed youth of varying ages enter the camp with a shy, insecure demeanor and by the last day of camp most of the those kids are jumping in the middle of a crowd screaming the camp chant louder than any else. ASTEP has made it personally possible for me to witness the type of change that occurs when you take time to give your time to bestow your talents and skills on youth. It has quite frequently brought me to tears.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way it not only strives to better communities and families but also use the artistic talents of others to facilitate that change.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

almost like family within hours of meeting them.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Taught visual arts to high school aged youth in Homestead, Florida.